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Women’s Golf Finishes 2nd

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.

Sophomore Maria Salinas (Lima, Peru) finished in a tie for 18th place while sophomore Hannah Thomson (Perth, Australia) finished in a tie for 36th place.

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

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