April 8, 2012
GREENSBORO, N.C. (seminoles.com) –
Florida State junior Jessica Negron finished in a tie for fifth place in the individual standings and the Seminole women’s golf team finished in third place in the team standings as play in the Bryan National Collegiate came to a close. Negron (tied for fifth) and freshman Laure Castelain (tied for ninth) both finished in the top 10 of the individual standings to give the Seminoles a pair of top 10 finishers for the first time this season as they earned their third top three finish (and second in the last three tournaments) of the year.
Tennessee defeated Duke in a one hole playoff to claim the team championship. In finishing as the top three teams, Duke, Tennessee and Florida State were the only three squads in the 17 team field that finished with multiple golfers in the top 10 of the individual standings. Lindy Duncan of Duke, the No. 1 ranked player in the country, won the individual championship with a three round total of 4 under par 212. She finished as the only player in the tournament with under par scores in each of the three rounds of the event.
“We did a lot of good things this week,” said head coach Amy Bond. “I am happy with where we are as team heading into the ACC Championships on Friday. All of the girls have worked hard and are excited to continue playing at a high level now that the postseason has arrived.”
No. 32 Florida State finished ahead of four ACC teams in the event – North Carolina, Wake Forest, Virginia and NC State and finished ahead of five teams ranked ahead of it in the national rankings: No. 6 North Carolina, No. 19 Ohio State, No. 21 NC State, No. 24 Michigan State and No. 25 Virginia.
Negron (Ocala, Fla.) earned the best finish of her junior season as she finished with a 3 over par total of 219 despite carding her highest score of the tournament in the final round (6 over par 78). She finished with scores of 72-69 in the first two rounds as was in a tie for first after the first two rounds. Negron has now earned three career top five finishes with her most recent (tied for third) coming at the NCAA East Regional Championship during the spring of 2011.
Senior Maria Salinas (Lima, Peru) played her best golf of the tournament as she carded a 1 over par score of 73 in the final round to finish with a 7 over par score of 223. She finished in a tie for 16th place in the individual standings to earn her fourth top 20 finish of the year. After a 76 in the first round, Salinas was a total of three strokes over par in the final two rounds with score of 74 and 73.
“We are coming into ACC’s with a lot of confidence,” said Salinas. “We like where we are as a team to play and finish well next weekend.”
Freshman Laure Castelain (Bordeaux, France) closed the event in a tie for ninth place in the individual standings with a three round score of 221. She finished a total of five strokes over par with scores of 74-73-74 to earn her second career top 10 finish. Castelain finished in a career best tied for third place at the University of Oklahoma Tournament during the fall season. Her 221 score is the third best of her burgeoning collegiate career.
Florida State begins play in the ACC Championship on Friday at the Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro. The Seminoles were the second highest finishing of the six ACC teams in this weekend’s Bryan National – a finish the Seminoles will look to build upon in their return to the region as they look to win their first ever ACC championship.
Bryan National Collegiate/Par 72/Final Florida State Results Bryan Park Golf Center Players Course/Greensboro, N.C./April 6-8, 2012 3/17. Florida State 297 289 303 889 T5. Jessica Negron 72 69 78 219 T9. Laure Castelain 74 73 74 221 T16. Maria Salinas 76 74 73 223 T60. Hannah Thomson 81 73 78 232 87. Carlton Kuhlo 75 86 83 244
Bryan National Collegiate/Par 72/Final Team Results Bryan Park Golf Center Players Course/Greensboro, N.C./April 6-8, 2012 T1. Duke 882 10. Tulane 902 T1. Tennessee 882 11. Virginia 903 3. Florida State 889 12. Michigan State 909 T4. Ohio State 892 13. Kentucky 911 T4. North Carolina 892 14. NC State 912 6. South Carolina 894 15. UNC Wilmington 926 7. Wake Forest 895 16. Louisville 941 8. Northwestern 895 17. College of Charleston 947 9. UNC Greensboro 900