March 23, 2010
PINEHURST, N.C. – Led by individual champion Lacey Agnew, the Florida State women’s golf team placed three players in the top four of the individual standings and earned the team championship at the Pinehurst Challenge on Pinehurst No. 6 at the famed Pinehurst Golf Club. The individual championship marked the first of Agnew’s career and the team championship marked the second of the year for the Seminoles and the first under interim head coach Kate Golden.
Florida State carded a tournament-best 286 in the final round and finished with a three round total of one-under par 863. The Seminoles were the only team to finish with a team score under 300 in the final round, carded the top three team rounds of the three round event and finished a whopping 33 strokes ahead of second place Maryland. During the 54-hole event, the Seminoles did not count a score above 74, counted six scores of par or better and led after the first, second and third rounds in winning the event.
“The girls all played great in all three rounds of the tournament,” said Golden. “All of the players have been working really hard and the hard work is paying off. They should all be really proud of themselves and each of their teammates. This was a really fun week for all of us.”
The Seminoles won the Bettie Lou Evans / University of Kentucky Invitational during the fall season and have now earned four top two team finishes with wins at Pinehurst and Kentucky and second place finishes at the Cougar Fall Classic and the Eat A Peach Collegiate during the fall season.
Agnew (Jonesboro, Ga.) closed the event with her second consecutive score of two-under par 70 to finish with a four under par total of 212. She finished the event with a four-under par total of 140 over the final 36 holes. Agnew’s one-under par finish marked the second time in her career that she has finished under par; she finished at a career-best seven strokes under par in finishing in second place at the fall 2009 Cougar Classic.
The individual win was the first of Agnew’s career. She has now earned four top 10 finishes this year with her win at Pinehurst, a second place finish at the Cougar Classic, a fifth place finish at the Kentucky Invitational and a tied for eighth place finish at the Eat A Peach Collegiate. Agnew has earned four top 10 finishes in six events as a senior after earning only one (tied for sixth at the fall 2007 Chrysler Challenge) during the first three years of her career.
“Today I was just trying to have fun and enjoy the tournament,” said Agnew. It was cold and windy and I knew I had to stay patient. I tried to keep telling myself to stay clam and I could win. After the eagle on No. 9, I put my game face on. I had the best round of chipping in my life. I knew if I could continue to make pars and if I continued to stay patient that I could win. Everybody played their hearts out and we earned a team victory.”
Junior Macarena Silva (Santiago, Chile) finished in third place in the individual standings as she carded a one-over par 73 in the final round to finish with a 217 total. She carded her career-best round of 67 in the first round of the event and finished only five stokes behind Agnew in the race for the individual title.
Sophomore Maria Salinas (Lima, Peru), who was competing in her third event as a Seminole, finished in a tie for fourth place in the individual standings with a 218 total. She carded a two-under par 70 in the final round and finished the event at even par 144 over the final 36 holes. Salinas earned her best finish as a Seminole and earned the third top five finish of her career.
Freshman Jessica Negron (Ocala, Fla.) and sophomore Hannah Thomson (Perth, Australia) finished tied for 12th in the individual standings. Negron finished with a 73 in the third and final round and was three over par over the final two rounds of the tournament. Thomson carded an even par 72 in the second round and came within two strokes of tying her career best with a 146 total for the first 36 holes of the tournament.
In earning its second tournament championship of the year, Florida State defeated two ACC schools (Maryland and NC State) and two Big Ten teams (Minnesota and Illinois).
The Seminoles continue their spring season April 2-4 at the Bryan National Collegiate in Greensboro, N.C.
2010 Pinehurst Challenge/Par 72/Final Florida State Results Pinehurst No. 6/Pinehurst Golf Course/Pinehurst, N.C./March 22-23, 2010 1/18. Florida State 287 290 286 863 1. Lacey Agnew 72 70 70 212 3. Macarena Silva 67 77 73 217 T4. Maria Salinas 74 74 70 218 T12. Jessica Negron 78 74 73 225 T12. Hannah Thomson 74 72 79 225
2010 Pinehurst Challenge/Par 72/Final Team Results Pinehurst No. 6/Pinehurst Golf Course/Pinehurst, N.C./March 22-23, 2010 1. Florida State 863 11. Minnesota 920 2. Maryland 896 12. Illinois 924 3. Campbell 897 13. Western Carolina 928 4. East Tennessee St. 903 14. Princeton 938 5. NC State 905 T15. Richmond 952 6. James Madison 910 T15. Charleston South. 952 7. Coastal Carolina 916 17. Wofford 962 8. East Carolina 918 18. SMU 970 T9. Charleston 919 T9. UNC Greensboro 919