Feb. 14, 2011
RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico (seminoles.com) –
Florida State University junior Maria Salinas is in a tie for third place in the individual standings and the Seminole women’s golf team has moved up into third place in the team standings with only one round of 18 holes left remaining to be played at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic at the Rio Mar Country Club. Salinas is only one stroke behind the individual leaders and the Seminoles have put themselves in a position to move into the top two in the team standings on the final day of play.
No. 1 ranked Alabama continued his hold on first place in the team standings despite playing only the third best team round of the second round. The Crimson Tide was 12 strokes higher with their team score in the second round as compared to the first round which allowed Iowa State to move into second place. The Cyclones are only nine strokes behind Alabama in the race for the team championship. Florida State, meanwhile, posted the second best team round of the round and moved from a tie for fourth place after one round into third place after two rounds. The Seminoles are only five stroke behind Iowa State and only 14 strokes behind Alabama.
Salinas enters the third round with a two round total of 144 with scores of 71 and 73. She is at even par and trails Gabriella Dominguez of Texas Tech and Stephanie Meadow of Alabama by one stroke in the chase for the individual championship. Salinas is in a tie for third place with Marta Silva Zamora of Georgia.
Salinas (Lima, Peru) began the second round tied for second place and only one stroke out of the leads and continued her consistent play in the second round. She carded a one over par score of 73 and remains only one stroke out of the individual lead. With two birdies and 15 holes at par or better in the second round Salinas kept herself in the hunt for her first career individual title. Salinas was even par over her final 12 holes of the second round with one birdie, one bogey and 10 holes at par or better.
“Maria has really played a strong couple of rounds of golf,” said head coach Amy Bond. “She is playing solid golf and I look for her to make a run at the individual championship tomorrow.”
Florida State counted Salinas’s score of 73 along with a 72 by senior Macarena Silva, a 73 by junior Hannah Thomson and a 77 by sophomore Jessica Negron. Silva’s score of 72 was seven strokes better than her score of 77 in the first round, Thomson’s score of 73 was 11 strokes better than her score of 84 in the first round while Negron has carded back to back scores of 77. Senior Andrea Kaelin, who is playing in her first career tournament as a Seminole, carded a 76 in Sunday’s first round of play.
“Our team played really well today,” said Bond. “The goal for the day was to gain ground on the leaders and we did that. We played really well for most of the round then stumbled a little coming in. Overall, though, I am happy with their play. We are really looking forward to playing tomorrow and continuing to move up n the team standings.”
Sliva (Santiago, Chile) carded the best round of the day for the Seminoles as she moved up 35 spots in the individual standings with an even par score of 72. She was in a tie for 55th place after carding a 79 in the first round and is now in a tie for 20th place after carding a 72 in the second round. Silva carded four birdies and was over par for a total of three holes during the round and was minus one over her final 14 holes of the round.
Thomson (Perth, Australia) was also stellar on the afternoon as she carded a one over par score of 73. She counted four birdies and 14 holes at par or better in the second round as compared to one birdie and 10 holes at par or better in the first round. In the second round she was only ever a much a one stroke over par during the round – in the first round she was as many as 12 strokes over par in finishing with an 84.
The Seminoles will close out play in the event with a shotgun start beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday. The Seminoles will play for their best team finish of the 2010-11 fall and spring seasons while Salinas will play for her first career individual championship.
Lady Puerto Rico Classic/Par 72/Second Round Florida State Results Rio Mar Country Club/Rio Grande, Puerto Rico/Feb. 13-15, 2011 3. Florida State 303 295 598 T3. Maria Salinas 71 73 144 T20. Macarena Silva 79 72 151 T28. Jessica Negron 77 77 154 T41. Andrea Kaelin 76 80 156 T50. Hannah Thomson 84 73 157
Lady Puerto Rico Classic/Par 72/Second Round Florida State Results Rio Mar Country Club/Rio Grande, Puerto Rico/Feb. 13-15, 2011 1. Alabama 584 10. Southern Methodist 618 2. Iowa State 593 11. Oregon 620 3. Florida State 598 12. Texas Tech 621 4. Purdue 602 13. Michigan 622 5. Georgia 610 14. Auburn 623 T6. Kent State 612 15. NC State 626 T6. Northwestern 612 16. Indiana 627 T8. Oklahoma 614 17. Oklahoma State 628 T8. TCU 614 18. Penn State 638