May 25, 2012
FRANKLIN, Tenn. (seminoles.com) –
Florida State senior Maria Salinas carded a 2 under par 70 in the final round of the NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship and finished in a tie for 102nd place in the individual standings as play in the event on the Legend’s Course at Vanderbilt University came to an end. Salinas birdied three of her final five holes as she played her best round of the tournament and closed her Florida State career on a very high note.
Salinas (Lima, Peru) finished with her first sub-par round of the tournament after carding scores of 80-80-79 in the first three rounds. She carded a personal tournament best five birdies and a personal tournament low three bogeys in finishing below par. Salinas was two under par with two birdies on her first nine and was even par on her second nine to finish with her two under par score of 70. She was 3 under par over her first nine and three under par over the course of her final five holes. Salinas closed the round with a birdie on the final hole of her collegiate career.
Salinas finished with a four round score of 309 and moved up 19 spots in the individual standings with her score of 70 in the final round. She was of 12 players in the field of 126 that finished with a score of 70 or better in the final round. Salinas’s score of 70 was tied for the fifth best score of the final round.
Alabama won its first women’s golf title as the Crimson Tide held off two-time defending champion Southern California by one stroke to win the championship. The Crimson Tide gave coach Mica Potter his first national title and first for the program in its seventh trip to the national tournament when senior Brooke Pancake rolled in a 4-footer for par on No. 18. Alabama finished one shot better than Southern California. Chiapas Jao-Javanil of Oklahoma won the individual title by four strokes. Virginia, the highest finishing ACC team, closed the tournament in fourth place.