Feb. 27, 2011
VALDOSTA, Ga. (seminoles.com) –
Florida State University junior Hannah Thomson eagled her final hole of the first round and is in a tie for first place in the individual standings with a two under par score of 71 and the Florida State women’s golf team is in a tie for fourth place in the team standings after the first round of the Kinderlou Forest Challenge at the Kinderlou Forest Golf Club. Thomson is tied with Emma de Groot of Chattanooga and will play for the first individual victory of her collegiate career in the final two rounds of the tournament.
Coastal Carolina holds a slim one stroke lead over Western Carolina in the early race for the team championship. The Chanticleers have three players in the top 10 of the individual standings and are led by Jessica Alexander who shot a one over par 74 and who is in a tie for sixth place in the individual standings. Florida State’s Thomson is tied for the individual lead with de Groot as they finished as the only two golfers in the 74 player field to finish at two strokes under par in the first round.
“We struggled early in the round today,” said head coach Amy Bond. “But the women really hung on in the end. We did not have our best round today but we did not shoot ourselves of placing well and playing for a championship.”
Thomson (Perth, Australia) was at her best on the back nine with as she finished holes No. 10-18 at five strokes under par with three birdies and the first eagle of her collegiate career. She was five strokes under par with five holes at birdie or better over her last 10 holes of the afternoon. Thomson recovered quickly from a tough start as she was three strokes over par after her first three holes of the round. After regaining her composure she carded only one hole over par on her final 14 holes of the afternoon.
“I feel like I managed the course really well today, particularly on the par five’s on the back nine,” said Thomson. “I was able to use my length to my advantage and my putting was good today.”
Thomson realized an eight stroke improvement from her front nine to her back nine. She has three over par before making the turn and was five under par after making the turn.
“Hannah played great in the first round,” said Bond. “She really took advantage of her length. Her five under in the back nine was one of the best nine holes I have ever seen.”
The Seminoles seemingly left a number of strokes in their bags in the first round as they counted Thomson’s score of 71, a 77 by Macarena Silva and two scores of 79. One of those scores of 79 came from junior Maria Salinas who finished in second place in last week’s Lady Puerto Rico Challenge.
Playing well as individuals for the Seminoles were sophomore Mary Beth Ramsay (Orlando, Fla.) and junior Whitney Wenglasz (Oldsmar, Fla.). Ramsay is in a tie for fourth place in the individual standings as she carded a one over par 74 (only one stroke off of the best round of her collegiate career) while Wenglasz finished with a 76. Wenglasz is playing in her first tournament since playing as a member of the Seminoles’ starting five in the 2009 NCAA Central Regional Championship.
Florida State will play with Furman and Augusta State in the second of three rounds with its wave beginning Monday at 9:40 a.m.
“We need to get off to a better start in the second round,” said Bond.
Second Annual Kinderlou Forest Challenge/Feb. 27-March 1, 2011/First Round FSU Results Kinderlou Forest Golf Club/Valdosta, Ga,/Par 73 T4/14. Florida State 306 T1. Hannah Thomson 71 T27. Macarena Silva 77 T44. Maria Salinas 79 T44. Jessica Negron 79 T44. Andrea Kaelin 79 T4. Mary Beth Ramsay 74* T16. Whitney Wenglasz 76* *playing as an individual
Second Annual Kinderlou Forest Challenge/Feb. 27-March 1, 2011/First Round Team Results Kinderlou Forest Golf Club/Valdosta, Ga,/Par 73 1. Coastal Carolina 303 T8. East Carolina 309 2. Western Carolina 304 T8. Wisconsin 309 3. Chattanooga 305 T8. Georgia State 309 T4. Georgia 306 11. UCF 311 T4. Florida State 306 T12. Illinois 313 T4. Furman 306 T12. Texas Tech 313 T4. Augusta State 306 14. Kennesaw State 319