April 1, 2011
ATHENS, Ga. (seminoles.com) –
Florida State junior Hannah Thomson is in a tie for first place in the individual standings and the Seminole women’s golf team is in fifth place in the team standings after the first round of the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic at the University of Georgia Golf Course. Thomson finished the first 18 holes with a two under par score of 70 – which included her second eagle of the season – to pace the Seminoles in the best ball format that is being utilized in this tournament.
Each of the 23 teams are playing as a group of five throughout the tournament with their top four scores on each hole being counted toward the team score.
Florida State, which is ranked 30th nationally by Golfstat, is ahead of 10 teams ranked in front of it in the national rankings including No. 6 LSU, No. 7 Virginia and No. 28 Florida. The Seminoles are in the hunt for the team championship with 36 holes remaining to be played as they trail the overall team leader – No. 5 ranked Purdue – by nine strokes. Purdue is followed by No. 2 Alabama (six strokes ahead of Florida State) with No. 4 Duke and No. 13 Georgia tied for third place (two strokes ahead of the Seminoles). Thomson is tied for first with Duke’s Aleja Cangerjo heading into the second round.
Thomson (Perth, Australia) played one of her best rounds as a collegian under blue skies and blooming azaleas on the picturesque course at the University of Georgia. She began the round on a tear with an eagle two on the par four sixth hole (her second hole of the day) to quickly move to two under par. Thomson then birdied her fifth hole to move to three under par. She birdied three of her final 11 holes of the afternoon to finish at two under par.
The eagle was the second of the season and second of her career for the Seminole junior. She also carded in eagle during last month’s Kinderlou Forest Challenge in Valdosta, Ga. Thomson played 15 of her 18 holes at par or better with four birdies and an eagle during the round.
Florida State’s Maria Salinas (Lima, Peru) also played well and finished the first round with a three over par score of 75. She played the majority of the round under par after carding a birdie on her first hole.
“As a group we played really solid and consistent,” said head coach Amy Bond. “In this format we counted the four best scores on each hole. Each of our players contributed and we had four good scores on each hole.
“The girls enjoyed playing with each other and had fun,” said Bond. “Hannah had a great day despite windy and cold conditions.”
Florida State continues in its quest for its first team championship of the season as it tees off at 9:30 Saturday morning. The third and final round of the event is scheduled for Sunday.