May 29, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) –
Florida State senior Maria Salinas, who became the first NCAA Regional Champion in school history earlier in May, earned All-American Honorable Mention honors as selected by the National Golf Coaches Association and announced at the completion of the NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship. It marks the seventh time since 1989 that a Seminole women’s golfer has earned All-America status from the national governing body of women’s collegiate golf.
Salinas also earned All-Central Region All-American honors from the NGCA after finishing in a tie for first place at the NCAA Central Regional Championship – her finish at the regional championship allowed her to qualify for NCAA Championship Finals as an individual participant. Salinas finished with 3 under par score of 213 on the Scarlet Course at The Ohio State University Golf Club to become the highest finishing Seminole in regional championship in school history.
Salinas also earned All-American Honorable Mention Honors by GolfWeek Magazine making her the first Seminole to earn All-American recognition in consecutive years since Caroline Westrup in 2008 and 2009. Westrup is the only four-time All-American in school history; she earned All-American recognition in 2006 (First Team), 2007 (First Team), 2008 (Second Team) and 2009 (Honorable Mention).
“I am happy to be able to represent Florida State University and the Seminole golf program as an All-American,” said Salinas. “Everybody at Florida State has been helpful to me in reaching my goals in the classroom and on the golf course. I especially want to thank Coach Bond and our entire coaching staff for working with me throughout my career to help me become a better golfer. I still have one goal left and that’s earning my degree – which I will do in August.”
Salinas completed her career as a two-time All-American Honorable Mention selection, a two-time NCAA Regional All-American and a two-time All-ACC selection. As Florida State’s team captain in 2012, she won the first two events of her career – at the Lady Gator Invitational and the NCAA Central Regional Championship – and earned her career best score for a single round (66 at the Lady Gator Invitational) in leading the Seminoles to their school record seventh consecutive NCAA Championships appearance.
Salinas earned the honor of being announced as an All-American at the NCAA Division I Women’s Golf post-championship banquet by her coach, Amy Bond, who was selected as the Vice President of the NGCA at the banquet. Bond was elevated to the vice president position after a two-year stint as the treasurer of the organization.