April 14, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
No. 20 Florida State women’s golf team, which has won an ACC-best three tournaments this year, travels to play at the 22nd Annual Atlantic Coast Conference Championship April 16-18, 2010 at the Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C. The Seminoles have won two of their last three tournaments with team championships coming at the Pinehurst Challenge (March 22-23) and at the Bryan National Collegiate (April 2-4) and a near miss second place finish at the Lady Gator Invitational (April 10-11) where Florida State finished in second place in the team standings. Florida State finished in sixth place in the 2009 ACC Championship after finishing in third place in 2008. Wake Forest is the defending team champion while the Demon Deacons’ Natalie Sheary won the individual title in 2009.
THE 2010 ACC CHAMPIONSHIP FIELD
No. 20 Florida State is joined by No. 4 Duke, No. 12 Wake Forest, No. 18 Virginia, No. 29 North Carolina, Boston College, Maryland, Miami and NC State in the 22nd Annual ACC Championship. Duke has won 13 of the last 14 championships with Wake Forest taking the crown last season. In 2007, Sedgefield Country Club’s famous Donald Ross Golf Course reopened following a major 10 month, $3 Million restoration project which has transformed the golf course back to how Ross intended the course to play, while taking into consideration the changes in golf technology and turf grass development over the last 50 years.
FLORIDA STATE LOOKING FOR FIRST TEAM ACC CHAMPIONSHIP
Florida State, which has finished in third place in the team standings in two of the last three seasons, enters the 2010 ACC Championship looking to win the first ACC women’s golf championship in school history. The Seminoles have finished as high as second (1992, 1995 and 1999) and have earned four third place finishes since joining the nation’s top conference for the 1992 season.
FLORIDA STATE’S LAST TWO WINS
Florida State has won two of its last three tournaments – the Pinehurst Challenge and the Bryan national Collegiate. The Seminoles’ wins marked the first time since the 1980 fall season that they had won tournaments on consecutive weekends.
SEMINOLES LOOKING FOR FIRST ACC CHAMPION
Florida State has had one player finish in the top 10 of the individual standings in each of the last nine and 16 of the last 17 ACC Championship tournaments and is looking for a Seminole to take home the individual ACC Championship for the first time in school history. Junior Macarena Silva, who finished in a tie for 10th place in 2009, will play in her team leading third ACC Championship this weekend.
FLORIDA STATE CUTS ITS STROKE AVERAGE
Florida State enters the 2010 ACC Championship with a team stroke average of 74.91 strokes through its first nine tournaments of the year. The Seminoles averaged 78.21 strokes in 10 tournaments last season meaning the team has cut more than three strokes per round (3.3) off of their team score. Senior Lacey Agnew, who is ranked second on the team with a career-low 74.16 stroke average, has cut more than six strokes off of per round average this season as compared to last season.
SEMINOLES FINISH IN AN AVERAGE OF THIRD
With three victories and six top team finishes, the Seminoles have earned an average finish of just above third place in their nine tournaments this year. The Seminoles earned one team win (Kentucky Invitational) during the fall to go along with two second place finishes (Cougar Classic and East A Peach Collegiate) and earned two team wins (Pinehurst Challenge and Bryan National Collegiate) and one second place finish (Lady Gator Invitational) during the spring season. Florida State is one of only four of the nine ACC teams (also Duke, Maryland and Boston College) that has won at least one team championship and one of only two (also Duke) that has won at least two titles this year.
SEMINOLES’ TOP TEAM RESULTS IN 2009-10
No. 20 Florida State enters the 2010 ACC Championship with an ACC leading three tournament championships (Kentucky Invitational, Pinehurst Challenge and Bryan National Collegiate) to go along with an ACC-leading seven top five finishes. The Seminoles have finished out of the top five only three times this year and missed the finishing in the top five at the Lady Puerto Classic by one place as they finished in a tie for sixth place in the team standings.
Seminoles Lead ACC With Three Wins ACC Team Wins Top 5 Finishes Florida State 3 7 Duke 2 4 Maryland 1 6 Boston College 1 5 Miami 1 2 North Carolina 0 1 NC State 0 2 Virginia 0 2 Wake Forest 0 3
FLORIDA STATE’S INDIVIDUAL FINISHES
Led by junior Macarena Silva’s one win (tied for first at the Kentucky Invitational) and team-leading four top five finishes, the Seminoles have earned two individual championships and nine top five finishes. Of the five players in the Seminoles’ starting line-up for the 2010 ACC Championship, four or them have earned at least one top five individual finish.
Seminoles Strong Finishes Player Wins Top 5 Macarena Silva 1 4 Lacey Agnew 1 3 Jessica Negron 0 1 Maria Salinas 0 1
THREE SEMINOLES HAVE ACC EXPERIENCE
Only three Seminoles (Lacey Agnew, Macarena Silva and Hannah Thomson) have played in an ACC Championship entering this weekend’s event. Silva enters the 2010 ACC Championship having helped the Seminoles to a third place finish in 2008 and a sixth place finished in 2009. She has earned a pair of top 10 finishes (tied for ninth in 2008 and tied for 10th in 2009) and will play for her third consecutive top 10 finish this season. Both Agnew (40th in 2009) and Thomson (35th in 2009) will be making their second appearances in the ACC Championship.
AGNEW BY THE NUMBERS
Senior Lacey Agnew has established career-bests for stroke average (74.16), career-low round (65 in the second round of the Cougar Classic, 36-hole score (136 at the Cougar Classic), tournament score (209 in the Cougar Classic) and best finish (first at the Pinehurst Challenge) as a senior.
AGNEW’S INCREDIBLE SENIOR SEASON
Senior captain Lacey Agnew enters the 2010 ACC Championship (the second of her career) enjoying the best year of her four year career as a Seminole. She is averaging a career-low 74.16 stokes per round and earned her first individual title at the Pinehurst Challenge on the famed Pinehurst No. 6 Course at the Pinehurst Golf Course in March. In addition, she carded her career low score of 65 in the second round of the Cougar Classic and has earned a career-high three scores in the 60’s this year.
SEMINOLE GOLF STATISTICS (COMBINED/FALL 09-SPRING 10) Name Tourn. Rds Par -75 Low Strks Avg. Macarena Silva 9 25 9 21 67 1,825 73.00 Lacey Agnew 9 25 10 12 65 1,854 74.16 Jessica Negron 9 25 3 16 68 1,865 74.60 Maria Salinas 5 15 2 9 70 1,126 75.07 Hannah Thomson 8 22 6 10 67 1,652 75.09 Mary Beth Ramsay 5 13 0 2 73 1,014 78.00 Jamie Kuhn 1 3 0 0 82 252 84.00