February 13, 2011 - by
Salinas Leads Golf Team

Feb. 13, 2011




RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico (seminoles.com) –
Seminole junior Maria Salinas shot a one under par 71 and is in second place in the individual standings and the Florida State women’s golf team is tied for fourth in the team standings after the first round of the spring season opening Lady Puerto Rico Classic at the Rio Mar Country Club. Salinas finished the first round as one of four golfers in the 97 player field who came in under par for the first 18 holes played. She begins play in the second round only one stroke out of the lead.

No. 1 ranked Alabama blistered the field in the first round with a two under par score of 286 and leads second place Purdue by 14 strokes. The Crimson Tide have four players in the top seven of the individual standings and are led by Camila Lennarth who shot a two under par score of 70 to take over first place in the individual standings.

“We knocked the rust off the clubs and played pretty well,” said first year head coach Amy Bond. “The conditions were tough with a strong wind but the players did a good job of managing their games. We didn’t finish well but I feel our focus will be better tomorrow. With a six hour round we forgot to stay in the game in the last few holes.”

Salinas (Lima, Peru) played very well all day as she carded 17 of 18 holes at par or better with two birdies. She was two under par after 16 holes and finished with a bogey and a par to complete her round under par. Salinas played her first hole at par and her second with a birdie – she stayed under par for the remainder of the round.

Salinas will play for her first career individual championship during the final two rounds of the 54 hole tournament. Her career best finish of tied for second came at the spring 2009 Lady Mocs Invitational during her freshman season at Tennessee Chattanooga. She transferred to Florida State to begin her sophomore season.

“I am extremely proud of Maria and the way she played today,” said Bond. “She had a solid round and I expecting great things from her for the rest of the tournament and the entire spring.”

Senior Andrea Kaelin (Fleming, Island, Fla.) is in a tie for 25th place after finishing the first round with a score of 76. She was even par over her final 11 holes with two birdies and seven holes of par. Kaelin is playing in her first event as a Seminole after transferring to Florida State from Redlands Community College and sitting out her first season in Tallahassee (2009-10) as a redshirt.

Sophomore Jessica Negron (Ocala, Fla.) is tied for 31st place after carding a 77 while senior Macarena Silva (Santiago, Chile) carded a 79.

“The goal tomorrow is to continue to move up the leaderboard and gain some shots on Alabama,” said Bond.

The second of three rounds over three days continues Monday with a shotgun start beginning at 8:00 a.m. The Seminoles will play with SMU, Kent State and Northwestern.

Lady Puerto Rico Classic/Par 72/First Round Florida State Results
Rio Mar Country Club/Rio Grande, Puerto Rico/Feb. 13-15, 2011
T4.    Florida State     303
T2.    Maria Salinas     71
T25.   Andrea Kaelin     76
T31.   Jessica Negron    77
T55.   Macarena Silva    79
T89.   Hannah Thomson    84

Lady Puerto Rico Classic/Par 72/First Round Florida State Results
Rio Mar Country Club/Rio Grande, Puerto Rico/Feb. 13-15, 2011
1.    Alabama             286   T9.   Georgia           308
T2.   Purdue              300   11.   Texas Tech        310
T2.   Iowa State          300   T12.  NC State          311
T4.   TCU                 303   T12.  Oklahoma State    311
T4.   Florida State       303   T14.  Auburn            313
6.    Southern Methodist  305   T14.  Oregon            313
7.    Kent State          306   16.   Michigan          315
8.    Northwestern        307   17.   Penn State        317
T9.   Oklahoma            308   18.   Indiana           319

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