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.
“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