Feb. 15, 2012
PALOS VERDES ESTATES, Calif. (seminoles.com) –
Florida State’s Maria Salinas finished in a tie for 10th place in the individual standings and the Seminole women’s golf team finished in 10th place in the team standings as play in the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge at the Palos Verdes Golf Club came to a close. The No. 32 ranked Seminoles finished ahead of four teams ranked higher in the national rankings including No. 14 Florida, No. 19 Oregon and No. 21 UC Davis.
No. 1 ranked UCLA won the team championship as they took the lead in the first round and ran away from the other 14 teams in the power packed field. The Bruins outdistanced nine teams ranked in the nation’s top 25 by as many as 12 strokes. UCLA finished 12 strokes ahead of No. 4 ranked Southern California, 21 strokes ahead of No. 8 Arizona and 31 strokes ahead of No. 12 ranked Ohio State. Lindy Duncan of Duke won the individual title as she finished with an even par score of 210 – the only golfer in the 81 player field to finish at par.
Salinas (Lima, Peru) played her best golf in the first round of the event as she carded an even par 70. She finished the event at eight strokes over par and led the Seminoles with nine birdies during the three round event. Salinas played the final round with 11 holes at par or better including one birdie.
Her 10th place individual finish is her best of her senior season and marked her second top 10 finish in her last four events. She has now earned 10 career top 10 individual finishes including six during her three-year career at Florida State.
Freshman Laure Castelain (Bordeaux France) finished in a tie for 35th place in the individual standings with a 228 total for the 54 holes she played. She led the Seminoles during the final round with a five over par score of 76 – her second best score of the event. Castelain carded a two over par score of 73 in the first round of the tournament.
“We have some great things to work on – things that are easy to fix,” said head coach Amy Bond. “We are going to get better. A lot of positives came out of this tournament as did a lot of things we have to work on. Travelling with three freshmen is only going to help us. I really feel that our immediate future is very bright.”
Florida State continues its six match regular season at the AllState Sugar Bowl Classic at the English Turn Golf and Country Club in New Orleans, Feb. 26-28.
Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge/Par 71/Final Florida State Results Palos Verdes Golf Club/Palos Verdes Estates, Calif./Feb. 13-15, 2012 10/14. Florida State 296 309 310 915 T10. Maria Salinas 70 73 78 221 T35. Laure Castelain 73 79 76 228 T42. Malin Jansson 71 78 81 230 76. Carlton Kuhlo 82 89 77 248 81. Alex Milan -- 79 79 158
Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge/Par 71/Final Round Team Results Palos Verdes Golf Club/Palos Verdes Estates, Calif./Feb. 13-15, 2012 1. UCLA 870 9. Michigan State 914 2. Southern California 882 10. Florida State 915 3. Pepperdine 887 11. Oregon 918 4. Arizona State 891 12. Florida 922 5. Duke 897 13. Oklahoma 931 6. Ohio State 901 14. UC Davis 935 7. Colorado 902 15. Wake Forest 937 8. Denver 908