May 14, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The No. 23 ranked Florida State women’s golf team, which finished in a tie for sixth place at the NCAA Central Regional Championship, will play in the 2010 NCAA Championship Finals May 18-21 at the Country Club of Landfall in Wilmington, N.C. The Seminoles are making their first appearance in the championship finals since 2006 and their eighth appearance in the NCAA finals since 1991. Florida State won the 1981 A.I.A.W national championship before the NCAA began sponsoring the event beginning in the 1982 season. The Seminoles’ highest NCAA championship finals finish came in 1982 when they finished in 10th place; they have earned top 20 finishes each time they have played in the finals. Florida State most recently finished in 16th place in the NCAA finals in 2006.
THE 2010 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS FIELD
No. 23 Florida State is joined by Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, Auburn, Duke, Kent State, New Mexico, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Pepperdine, Purdue, San Jose State, South Carolina, Southern California, Stanford, Tennessee, Texas, Texas Christian, Tulane, UCLA, Vanderbilt and Virginia in the 2010 NCAA Championship finals. The event will be played at the Country Club of Landfall and hosted by the University of Wilmington in Wilmington, N.C. The 24 teams and six individuals will compete for team and individual championships on the Pete Dye designed course at the Country Club of Landfall which as served as host to the 1995 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championships. The course is a 6,368 yard, par 72 layout.
FLORIDA STATE IN THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP
Florida State is making its eighth appearance in the NCAA Championship finals in school history. The Seminoles have appeared in four of the last eight NCAA Championships entering the 2010 event the Country Club of Landfall.
Seminoles In The NCAA Championship
Year Finish Score FSU Top Individual Finish
1991 14th 1,255 Erica Firnhaber T40th
1992 14th 1,236 Erica Firnhaber T47th
1994 18th 1,272 Maria Casteluci 64th
1999 13th 940 Amy Bond T35th
2003 T19th 1,256 Kristin Tamulis T28th
2004 T19th 1,198 Carrie Sordel T38th
2006 16th 1,213 Caroline Westrup T29th
SEMINOLES APPEARANCE IN 2006 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS
Florida State finished in 16th in the team standings at the 2006 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship to end the season ranked in the nation’s top 16 for the first time since 1999 and only the third time in school history. The Seminoles, who entered the championship ranked No. 24 nationally, finished the event at the Scarlet Course at The Ohio State University ahead of No. 12 Texas A&M, No. 13 UNLV, No. 19 Kent State and No. 21 Arizona.
AGNEW AND SILVA EARN ALL ACC HONORS
Senior Lacey Agnew and junior Macarena Silva were named to the 2010 All-ACC Women’s Golf as selected by the league’s nine head coaches and announced by the ACC office. It marks the first time both Agnew and Silva have been named to the All-ACC team and the 10th consecutive year at least one Florida State player has been named to the All-ACC Women’s Golf Team. The selection of both Agnew and Silva marks only the third time in school history and first time since 2004 that multiple Seminole players have been named to the All-ACC team in the same season.
FLORIDA STATE’S NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP LINEUP
Florida State will play in the NCAA Championship finals with the same line-up – senior Lacey Agnew, junior Macarena Silva, sophomores Maria Salinas and Hannah Thompson and freshman Jessica Negron — it has utilized in each of its last five tournaments and in six of its seven events this spring. Those five golfers comprise five of the seven golfers that have earned playing time for the Seminoles this year and the five with the lowest scoring averages on the team.
SALINAS IS AN NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP VETERAN
Sophomore Maria Salinas, who is in her first season at Florida State, will play in her second NCAA Championship this week in Wilmington. She transferred to Florida State from UT-Chattanooga where she played during the 2008-09 fall and spring seasons. Salinas helped the Mocs to a 21st place finish at the 2009 NCAA Championship as she finished in a tie for 66th place in the individual standings with scores of 75-77-75-83=310.
SEMINOLES FINISH WELL AT CENTRAL REGIONAL
The Florida State women’s golf team finished in a tie for sixth place in the final standings at the 2010 NCAA Central Regional championship – a top eight finish that qualified them to play in the NCAA Championship finals. The Seminoles began the third round in 12th place and three strokes outside of the cut line of the top eight teams that would advance to the finals. When the round was complete, they had surpassed six teams and earned themselves a spot in the championship finals for the first time since 2006 and for the ninth time in school history. Junior Macarena Silva led the Seminoles in the third round with a two over par score of 74 – her best round of the tournament by seven strokes. Florida State also counted the scores of sophomore Maria Salinas (76 – also her best score of the tournament) and two of the scores of 80 by Lacey Agnew, freshman Jessica Negron and sophomore Hannah Thomson.
COUNTING ON ALL FIVE PLAYERS
Sophomore Maria Salinas enters the 2010 NCAA Championship as the team leader with .905 (all but two) of her rounds counted toward the team score this year. Salinas is joined by junior Macarena Silva (.903 counted) and senior Lacey Agnew (.871 counted) as the three Seminoles who have counted at least 87 percent of their individual rounds this year.
FLORIDA STATE CUTS ITS STROKE AVERAGE
Florida State enters the 2010 NCAA Championship finals with a team stroke average of 75.38 strokes through its first 11 tournaments of the year. The Seminoles averaged 78.21 strokes in 10 tournaments last season meaning the team has cut nearly three strokes per round (2.83) off of their team score. Senior Lacey Agnew, who is ranked second on the team with a career-low 74.81 stroke average, has cut nearly six strokes off of per round average this season as compared to last season.
SEMINOLES FINISH IN AN AVERAGE OF FOURTH
With three victories and eight top five team finishes, the Seminoles have earned an average finish of just above fourth place in their 11 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 five of the nine ACC teams (also Duke, Maryland, Wake Forest 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.
SEMINOLE GOLF STATISTICS (COMBINED/FALL 09-SPRING 10) Name Tourn. Rds Par -75 Low Strks Avg. Macarena Silva 11 31 9 24 67 2,287 73.77 Lacey Agnew 11 31 10 13 65 2,319 74.81 Jessica Negron 11 31 3 19 68 2,327 75.06 Maria Salinas 7 21 2 12 70 1,580 75.24 Hannah Thomson 10 28 6 10 67 2,131 76.11 Mary Beth Ramsay 5 13 0 2 73 1,014 78.00 Jamie Kuhn 1 3 0 0 82 252 84.00