April 30, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) –
The Florida State women’s golf team will make its school record seventh consecutive NCAA Championships appearance as it was selected to compete in the NCAA Central Regional Championship on the Scarlet Course at The Ohio State University Golf Courses, May 10-12. The Seminoles were selected as one of 24 teams to participate in the regional competition with the top eight finishing teams advancing to play in the 2012 NCAA Division I Championships at the Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn., May 22-25.
A total of 72 teams and 18 individuals were selected to play in the 2012 NCAA Women’s Golf Championships. A total of eight teams and three individuals from each region will advance to the national championship round at the Vanderbilt Legends Course in Franklin, Tenn., May 22-25, 2012.
The Seminoles’ previous school record of six consecutive postseason appearances came during the 1977 through 1982 seasons when the women’s national championship was governed by the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women. Florida State won the A.I.A.W. championship in 1981 and has participated in 18 of the last 21 national championship tournaments since 1991.
“This is a very exciting time for our team,” said head coach Amy Bond who will take her second consecutive Seminole team to NCAA play. “Every member of our team has worked really hard all year long to earn a solid regional seed and that’s what we have accomplished. We have put ourselves in a good position to continue to play and advance to the national championship. It’s always our goal to finish in the top eight and play for the national championship. We feel good about where we are right now heading into postseason play. After failing to advance to the championships as a team in 2011, we are hungry for the opportunity to compete and advance as a group instead of individually as we did last year.”
Florida State is ranked 25th nationally by GolfWeek Magazine and 29th by GolfStat entering the NCAA Championship and has been ranked within the nation’s top 30 through the fall 2011 and spring 2012 seasons. The Seminoles finished in fourth place at the 2012 ACC Championships and earned five top five team finishes during the year including third place finishes at the University of Oklahoma Tournament, the Lady Gator Invitational and the Bryan National Collegiate.
The Seminoles are led by All-American and two-time All-ACC selection Maria Salinas, who is ranked eighth in the ACC with a career low 74.22 stroke average. She earned her first collegiate individual title at the Lady Gator Invitational and is one of only five ACC players who have won at least one individual championship this year.
“We are very happy to have been selected to play in the NCAA’s again this season,” said Salinas. “Our goal, as it is every season, is to contend for a national championship which is something we did not do last season. We have to gear ourselves up to shoot low scores across the board and get ourselves into the top eight teams at the regional. We have heard that the course at Ohio State is going to be to our liking as a team.”
NCAA East Regional Participants: Southern California, Auburn, Georgia, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Ohio State, Oregon, NC State, Virginia, Florida State, Purdue, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Kentucky, Texas State, South Florida, Notre Dame, Texas San Antonio, East Carolina, Michigan, UNC Wilmington, Harvard, Butler, Siena (listed in order of seeds).