April 11, 2010
GAINESVILLE, Fla. –
The No. 10 ranked Florida State women’s golf team came up three strokes short of Michigan State and the Seminole record book as they finished in second place in the team standings as play in the Lady Gator Invitational at the Mark Bostick Golf Course at the University of Florida came to a close. The Seminoles were bidding to win their third consecutive tournament championship which would have set a school record with three consecutive tournament championships.
The Seminoles, who placed two golfers in the top five of the individual standings, finished with an 871 team score as compared to the Spartan’s 868 team score. Michigan State was six strokes better than Florida State in the final round to overtake the Seminoles who led through the first and second rounds and during the majority of the third round.
Florida State had earned victories in its two previous tournaments – the Pinehurst Challenge and the Bryan National Collegiate – but remain as the hottest team in the ACC heading into next week’s conference championship. Michigan State won its first tournament of the spring and third of the year. The Seminoles finished eight strokes ahead of Florida which was playing in its home course. Laura Kueny of Michigan State and Emma de Groot of Chattanooga finished tied for the individual championship with identical scores of 212 – de Groot won a one-hole playoff to claim medalist honors.
“We were in a position today that we hadn’t been in before,” said interim coach Kate Golden. “We were expected to win and I think we were a little bit out of our comfort zone.”
Seminole freshman Jessica Negron (Ocala, Fla.) finished in a tie for third place in the individual standings to lead Florida State. She finished the tournament with consecutive scores of 73 in the second and third rounds after opening the event with one under par 69. The finish for Negron was the best of her career and marked her sixth top 20 finish of her first season as a Seminole. In her last three tournaments and nine rounds, she has finished with only two scores above 75.
Florida State junior Macarena Silva (Santiago, Chile) finished in a tie for fifth place with a three round total of 216. She carded a 73 in the final round and was a total of two above par over her final 36 holes of the tournament. Silva has now earned three consecutive top five, four consecutive top 10 and five consecutive top 20 finishes this spring.
In nine starts this year, Silva has seven top 10 finishes with her lowest finish of tied for 21st coming at the Tar Heel Invitational.
Senior Lacey Agnew (Jonesboro, Ga.) continued her standout senior season as she closed with a 74 and a 216 total for the event. She finished in a tie for 14th place in the individual standings. Agnew, won the individual championship at the Pinehurst Challenge, has now earned five top 15 finishes in this, her final season as a Seminole.
Florida State, which has finished ahead of each team in the ACC at least once this spring, will travel to play at the ACC Championship next weekend (April 16-18) at the Sedgefield Golf Club in Greensboro, N.C.
“Going into the ACC Championship I feel that we will have a very positive experience,” said Golden. “Learning how to win isn’t easy but these ladies have done a great job doing it.”
Lady Gator Invitational/Par 70/Final Florida State Results Mark Bostick Golf Course/Gainesville, Fla./April 10-11, 2010 2/15. Florida State 297 280 294 871 T3. Jessica Negron 69 73 73 214 T5. Macarena Silva 74 69 73 216 T14. Lacey Agnew 78 68 74 220 T18. Maria Salinas 76 70 75 221 T36. Hannah Thomson 78 76 76 230
Lady Gator Invitational/Par 70/Final Team Results Mark Bostick Golf Course/Gainesville, Fla./April 10-11, 2010 1. Michigan State 868 9. UCF 905 2. Florida State 871 10. Georgia State 911 3. Florida 879 11. South Florida 916 4. Chattanooga 892 12. Furman 920 5. Texas A&M 897 13. Georgetown 930 6. UNC Greensboro 901 14. Fla. Atlantic 939 7. Nebraska 902 15. Fla. International 969 8. Notre Dame 903