April 18, 2010
Greensboro, N.C. –
Led by sophomore Maria Salinas, No. 20 Florida State placed four golfers in the top 25 of the individual standings and finished in fourth place in the final standings at the 22nd Annual Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Golf Championship at the Sedgefield Country Club. It marked the third time in the last four years that the Seminoles had finished in the top four of the team standings at the ACC Championship. Salinas finished in a tie for 10th place in the individual standings to mark the 10th consecutive year that a Seminole finished in the top 10 of the individual standings.
Wake Forest claimed its fifth championship with a four-stroke victory over Virginia while Duke finished in third place. The title was the second in a row for Wake Forest after winning last year on the same course. The Deacons also won back to back titles in 1994 and 1995. The individual race was close with Demon Deacon freshman Michelle Shin capturing medalist honors with a two-under-par score of 211. Shin is the first freshman to win the individual honor since Duke’s Amanda Blumenherst captured the title in 2006.
Florida State worked hard throughout the tournament and improved its standing in both the second and third rounds. The Seminoles were in fifth after both the first and second rounds and moved into fourth place in the final standings.
“Our team played on a really tough golf course but the girls finished strong,” said interim coach Kate Golden. “We had a lot of birdies coming down the stretch and that tells me a lot about this team. Even though they were playing from behind, they fought it out to the end and that shows a great deal of character.”
Over the last six holes of the third round, the Seminoles combined to card nine birdies.
Salinas (Lima, Peru) was the most consistent Seminole during the weekend and she was again in the final round as she carded a 74 to close the event. She finished with a seven over par total of 220 – her second lowest three round total of her Seminole career. Her tied for 10th place finish was Salinas’s second best as a Seminole – rivaled only by a tied for fourth place finish at the Pinehurst Challenge.
Salinas was at her best late in the round as she birdied three of her last six holes to finish with a three over par score of 74. She finished with eight birdies and one eagle during the 54-hole event that decided the ACC automatic qualifier in to next month’s NCAA Championship.
Senior captain Lacey Agnew (Jonesboro, Ga.) played her best round of the weekend during the last round as she finished with a 74. She finished in a tie for 22nd place – an improvement of 18 individual places and six strokes from her performance in the 2009 ACC Championship. Agnew was one over par on her back nine including one under par over her last five holes of the round.
“We pushed through a lot of adversity this week and finished strong,” said Agnew. “We are looking forward to some rest and then getting back to work for regionals.”
Junior Macarena Silva (Santiago, Chile) finished in a tie for 12th place with a 10 over par total of 223. She carded her best round of the tournament – a one over par 72 – in the second round. She has now earned three top 12 ACC Championship finishes in her three years as a Seminole.
Florida State was one of four teams to place at least four golfers in the top 25 of the individual standings. The Seminoles finished with only three golfers in the top 25 of the final individual standings at the 2009 ACC Championship.
“We are going to have to work on getting sharper before regionals,” said Golden. “These ladies have a strong will to succeed and they showed up at the end today.”
Florida State will now await the announcement of the teams that will participate in the three NCAA regional championships. That announcement will be made April 26. Should they be selected to participate as expected, the Seminoles will play at one of three sites: The Ironwood Country Club in Greenville, N.C (East Carolina University, host); Otter Creek Golf Course in Bloomington, Ind. (Indiana University, host) or the Stanford Golf Course in Stanford, Calif. (Stanford University, host. The regionals are scheduled for May 6-8 with the NCAA Championship scheduled for The Country Club of Landfall in Wilmington, N.C. (UNC Wilmington, host).
22nd Annual ACC Championship/Par 71/Final Florida State Results Sedgefield Country Club/Greensboro, N.C./April 16-18, 2010 4/9. Florida State 301 298 302 901 T10. Maria Salinas 72 74 74 220 T12. Macarena Silva 76 72 77 223 T22. Lacey Agnew 78 77 74 229 T25. Jessica Negron 75 75 80 230 T28. Hannah Thomson 79 80 77 236
>b>22nd Annual ACC Championship/Par 71/Final Team Results Sedgefield Country Club/Greensboro, N.C./April 16-18, 2010 1. Wake Forest 869 6. Maryland 915 2. Virginia 873 7. NC State 927 3. Duke 874 8. Miami 965 4. Florida State 901 9. Boston College 987 5. North Carolina 906