May 4, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
With a No. 22 ranking by Golfweek Magazine and three team victories this year, the Florida State women’s golf team will make its fifth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance as it will travel to the Otter Creek Golf Course in Columbus, Ind., to participate in the NCAA Central Regional Championship May 6-8. It marks the fifth consecutive year, ninth in the last 10 seasons and 17th time in the last 20 seasons that the Seminoles will play in the NCAA Tournament. A total of 72 teams and nine individuals will compete at three regionals for the right to advance to the national championship at the Country Club of Landfall at the University of Wilmington in North Carolina May 18-21. The national championship will feature 24 teams and six individuals. The top eight teams in each regional and the top two individuals not on the qualifying teams will compete in the championship finals.
THE 2010 NCAA CENTRAL REGIONAL FIELD
No. 22 Florida State is joined by Arizona State, Southern California, Purdue (Big Ten Conference champion), Michigan State, Georgia, Denver (Sun Belt Conference champion), New Mexico (Mountain West Conference champion), Oklahoma State, Louisville (Big East Conference champion), Oregon, Kent State (Mid-American Conference champion), Northwestern, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, San Diego State, Baylor, Tulsa, NC State, Indiana, Illinois State, (Missouri Valley Conference champion), Murray State (Ohio Valley Conference champion), Detroit (Horizon League champion) and Jackson State (Southwestern Athletic Conference champion) in the 2010 NCAA Central Regional at the Otter Creek Golf Course in Columbus, Ind. Otter Creek, a public golf course always in tournament condition, has been rated among the top public courses in the U.S. since it was created in 1964. Located in the midst of a serene countryside, Robert Trent Jones Sr. created the original 18 holes of this championship course. The event is hosted by Indiana University.
FLORIDA STATE’S NCAA REGIONAL HISTORY
Florida State has played in all but three regional championships since the NCAA adopted the regional qualifying format in 1991. The Seminoles have made 17 regional appearances and eight championship round appearances in the last 26 years. Florida State has finished in the national top-20 in three of the last six years and finished in a tie for 16th place in the national championship tournament in 2006.
SEMINOLES’ AGNEW AND SILVA NAMED TO ALL-ACC TEAM
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 CENTRAL REGIONAL LINEUP
Florida State will play with four championship veterans and one championship rookie in the 2010 NCAA Central Regional Championship. Four Seminoles–senior Lacey Agnew, junior Macarena Silva and sophomores Maria Salinas and Hannah Thomson — will play in their second career regional championship while freshman Jessica Negron will play in her first career regional championship. Salinas is playing in her first regional as a Seminole after transferring from UT Chattanooga where she played in the NCAA Central Regional as a freshman in 2009.
How The Seminoles Will Tee Off In Columbus Player No. Reg. BF Year Macarena Silva 2 57 2009 Lacey Agnew 1 T84 2009 Hannah Thomson 1 T72 2009 Maria Salinas 1 T55 2009 Jessica Negron First Regional Championship
COUNTING ON ALL FIVE PLAYERS
Junior Macarena Silva enters the 2010 NCAA Central Regional Championship as the team leader with .964 (all but one) of her rounds counted toward the team score this year. She has counted each of her rounds this season except for her score of 77 in the second round of the Pinehurst Challenge – an event at which the Seminoles won the team championship. Sliva is joined by sophomore Maria Salinas (.889 counted) and senior Lacey Agnew (.875 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 Central Regional Championship with a team stroke average of 75.00 strokes through its first 10 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 (3.21) off of their team score. Senior Lacey Agnew, who is ranked second on the team with a career-low 74.39 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 eight top five team finishes, the Seminoles have earned an average finish of just above third place in their 10 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.
SEMINOLES’ TOP TEAM RESULTS IN 2009-10
No. 22 Florida State enters the 2010 NCAA Central Regional Championship with an ACC leading three tournament championships (Kentucky Invitational, Pinehurst Challenge and Bryan National Collegiate) to go along with an ACC-leading eight 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.
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 NCAA Central Regional Championship, four of them have earned at least one top five individual finish.
AGNEW BY THE NUMBERS
Senior Lacey Agnew has established career-bests for stroke average (74.39), 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.
SEMINOLE GOLF STATISTICS (COMBINED/FALL 09-SPRING 10) Name Tourn. Rds Par -75 Low Strks Avg. Macarena Silva 10 28 9 23 67 2,048 73.14 Lacey Agnew 10 28 10 13 65 2,083 74.39 Maria Salinas 6 18 2 12 70 1,346 74.78 Jessica Negron 10 28 3 18 68 2,095 74.82 Hannah Thomson 9 25 6 10 67 1,888 75.52 Mary Beth Ramsay 5 13 0 2 73 1,014 78.00 Jamie Kuhn 1 3 0 0 82 252 84.00