Sept. 14, 2010
CHARLESTON, S.C. –
Seminole junior Maria Salinas shot her second consecutive score of 72 in the third round and finished in a tie for 11th place in the individual standings to lead the No. 22 ranked Florida State women’s golf team to a sixth place finish at the Cougar Classic at Yeamans Hall Golf Club. Salinas and sophomore Jessica Negron both finished in the top 25 of the individual standings.
North Carolina led wire-to-wire in claiming the team championship with an eight stroke victory over Ole Miss and a 12 stroke margin over Oklahoma. Natalie Gleadall of Ole Miss shot a 67 in the final round to rally from a tie for eighth place in the individual standings after two rounds to claim medalist honors. Jackie Chang and Casey Grice of North Carolina finished tied for second in the individual standings.
“I saw some things that I really liked and I saw some things that I know we need to work on,” said first year head coach Amy Bond. “We have some very high expectations at Florida State and we are going to work on correcting what we need to be successful. The nice thing is that we know where we stand very early in the fall.”
Salinas (Lima, Peru) was the Seminoles’ most consistent player in the Cougar Classic with two scores at even par and three scores below 75. Her tied for 11th place individual finish marked her seventh career top 15 finish and her best since finishing in a tie for 10th place at the ACC Championships during the spring of 2010.
Salinas played very consistently in the third and final round as she carded a personal tournament high four birdies and a personal tournament low four holes over par. With seven birdies in her final two rounds, she was even par over her final 36 holes of the tournament.
“Maria played some really good golf this week,” said Bond. “We are happy with where her game is right now and feel comfortable that she is going to continue to improve with each tournament she plays. We also feel she will work hard on her overall game with the World Amateur Championships coming up and that work will help her game during the rest of her career as a Seminole.”
Sophomore Jessica Negron (Ocala, Fla.) continued to play as well as she has during her entire career as she finished in a tied for 21st place in the individual standings with a 221 total. She carded a 75 in the final round of the event. Negron has now earned 10 top 25 finishes in the first 13 tournaments of her career.
Senior Andrea Kaelin (Fleming Island, Fla.) played her best round of golf as she shot an even par 72 in the final round. Playing in her first career event, Kaelin had more birdies (three) in the final round than she had in both of her first two rounds combined (one) and was at par or better in 15 of her 18 holes in the third round.
Kaelin finished in a tie for 56th place in the individual standings – an improvement of 22 positions from the second to the third round.
Florida State continues its fall schedule at the Lady Tar Heel Invitational in Chapel Hill, N.C. Oct. 8-10. The Seminoles will play a total of three events during the fall season.
2010 Cougar Classic/Par 72/Sept. 12-14, 2010 Yeamans Hall Golf Club/Charleston S.C./Final Florida State Results 6/21. Florida State 296 294 298 888 T11. Maria Salinas 74 72 72 218 T21. Jessica Negron 74 72 75 221 T45. Macarena Silva 74 73 79 226 T56. Andrea Kaelin 75 81 72 228 T66. Hannah Thomson 74 77 79 2392010 Cougar Classic/Par 72/Sept. 12-14, 2010 Yeamans Hall Golf Club/Charleston S.C./Final Team Results 1. North Carolina 860 T11. UCF 903 2. Ole Miss 868 13. NC State 908 3. Oklahoma 872 T14. Penn State 909 4. South Carolina 873 T14. Furman 909 5. Florida 875 16. South Florida 918 6. Florida State 888 T17. Richmond 921 7. Minnesota 892 T17. UNC Greensboro 921 8. Charleston 896 19. Miami 927 9. Wisconsin 897 20. Mississippi State 930 10. Kentucky 898 21. Charleston Southern 966 T11. Maryland 903