April 3, 2011
ATHENS, Ga. (seminoles.com) –
Florida State’s Hannah Thomson earned her third top 10 finish of the season as she placed tied for sixth place in the individual standings and led the Seminole women’s golf team to a tied for 13th place finish in the team standings as play in the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic at the University of Georgia Golf Course came to a close. Thomson finished with a third round score of one over par 73 to lead the Seminoles to their best team round of the tournament.
The Seminoles, who are ranked No. 30 in this week’s head to head rankings by Golfstat, finished tied with No. 7 ranked Virginia and ahead of No. 21 North Carolina, No. 25 Oklahoma and three other teams ranked in the top 40 of the national rankings.
No. 2 Alabama, which took over the lead in the team standings in the second round, won the team championship with an eight stroke win over both No. 4 Duke and No. 5 Purdue – both of whom finished in a tied for second place in the individual standings. Marta Silva Zamora of the homestanding University of Georgia Bulldogs took home the individual championship with a 67 in the final round and a two stoke victory over Emily Tubert of Arkansas. Florida State’s Thomson finished eight strokes off of the lead.
“We played much better today as compared to yesterday,” said head coach Amy Bond. “Hannah had a great tournament and Maria played pretty well, too. Overall it was a good tournament. We are now going to focus on preparing for the ACC’s in two weeks.”
Thomson (Perth, Australia) continued to play strong golf in the third round as she carded a one over par 73. Coupled with her two under par score of 70 in the first round she finished with a 220 total for the 54 holes event – her second best tournament score of her junior season. Thomson tied her tournament high with four birdies in the third round to bring her event total to nine. She also carded the second eagle in her last three tournaments in the first round. Thomson closed out her front nine with three consecutive birdies and was as many as three strokes under par during the round.
Thomson has now earned four consecutive top 20 individual finishes – tied for eighth at the Kinderlou Forest Challenge, first at the Lady Gator Invitational, tied for 16th at the Bryan National Collegiate and tied for sixth at the Liz Murphey. She has been Florida State’s leading golfer in each of its last four events.
Junior Maria Salinas (Lima, Peru) led the Seminoles with an even par 72 in the third round. It was her best round of the tournament after carding scores of 75 and 78 in the first two rounds. Salinas was very consistent during the final 18 holes with 16 holes at par or better with a personal tournament high three birdies.
Salinas finished a tie for 25th place – her fifth consecutive top 25 finish. She finished in a season best second place at the spring season opening Lady Puerto Rico Classic. In seven tournaments this year she has finished out of the top 25 only once.
Senior Macarena Silva (Santiago, Chile) played her best round of the tournament as she carded a three over par 75 in the final round.
The Seminoles will next play in the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship April 14-15-16 at the Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C.
Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic/Par 72/Final Florida State Results University of Georgia Golf Course/Athens, Ga./April 1-3, 2011 T13/23. Florida State 293 302 288 883 T6. Hannah Thomson 70 77 73 220 T25. Maria Salinas 75 78 72 225 T47. Macarena Silva 76 78 75 229 T104. Jessica Negron 85 78 79 242 T113. Andrea Kaelin 81 82 83 246
Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic/Par 72/Final Team Results
University of Georgia Golf Course/Athens, Ga./April 1-3, 2011
1. Alabama 860 T13. Florida State 893
T2. Duke 868 T13. Virginia 893
T2. Purdue 868 15. North Carolina 884
4. Arkansas 869 16. Oklahoma 887
5. Florida 870 17. Kent State 891
T6. Auburn 871 18. South Carolina 894
T6. Georgia 871 19. Kentucky 900
8. Notre Dame 872 20. Furman 905
9. Wake Forest 876 21. Kennesaw State 906
10. Michigan State 878 22. Georgia State 915
11. Ohio State 879 23. Chattanooga 916
12. LSU 880