May 7, 2010
COLUMBUS, Ind. –
Florida State University senior Lacey Agnew shot a team-leading 76 and moved into the top 30 in the individual standings but the Seminole women’s golf team dropped to 12th place in the team standings after two rounds of the NCAA Central Regional Championship at the Otter Creek Golf Course. The Seminoles need to move up four positions in the team standings in Saturday’s final round in order to qualify for the NCAA Championship finals May 18-21 at the Country Club of Landfall in Wilmington, N.C.
Florida State is only three strokes below the cutline of the top eight teams in the event. The Seminoles have a 629 total while Ole Miss, Michigan State and Ole Miss (who are all tied for eighth place) have a two day totals of 626.
The Seminoles are in 12th place in the team standings and need to move into the top eight team standings to advance to the NCAA Championship finals. The top eight teams in each of the three competing regions will advance to the finals. Florida State began the second round in seventh place and finished the day with a 321 total to slip below the cut line. The Seminoles need to surpass Kent State, Georgia, Michigan State and Ole Miss over their final 18 holes to advance back to the championship finals for the first time since 2006.
The course continued to play tough for the entire field as every team finished over par in completing their rounds. Southern California and Arizona State, two of the top five teams in the nation, finished the round at 14 and 24 strokes over par. In comparison, Duke (the leader in the East Regional Championship) is 16 under par after the first two rounds of play at the Ironwood Country Club in Greenville, S.C. Additionally, Lizette Salas of Southern California, finished the second round with a three under par score of 69 and was on the only golfer in the 123 player field who finished at or below par.
“We struggled a bit today and this is not the kind of course you can score well on even if you are a little off,” said interim coach Kate Golden. “Overall it’s been a great learning experience for all of us. This is truly a championship course and we have had some really windy conditions. Our result stings a bit but it will make all of our players better in the long run. It’s great, though, that we are still in the think of the standings and the girls have a lot of good golf left in them.”
Southern California holds an eight stroke lead over Arizona State in the team standings heading into the third and final round. Salas of Southern California is the individual leader with a 144 two day total. She has a two stroke lead over Victoria Park of Oklahoma State in the battle for medalist honors.
Agnew (Jonesboro, Ga.) carded the best round of the day for the Seminoles with a four-over par score of 76. She is in a tie for 26th place in the individual standings with a two round total of 155. Agnew was two under par under par on her back nine with eight holes at par or better including two birdies. She carded more birdies in the second round as compared to the first and improved her score by three strokes after carding a 79 in the first round.
Agnew’s score of 76 in the second round allowed her to improve her individual standing in by 26 positions. She was in a tie for 52nd place after 18 holes place as she carded 79 in the first round.
Agnew begins play in the third and final round in a tie for 26th place in the individual standings as she plays for her best career NCAA finish after finishing in a tie for 84th place in the 2009 NCAA East Regional Championship. Agnew has improved her individual standing by 56 positions.
Freshman Jessica Negron (Ocala, Fla.) is in a tie for 14th place and on top of the Seminoles’ leaderboard with a 154 total. She is looking to post the best finish by a Seminole player in an NCAA regional championship since four-time All-American Caroline Westrup finished in a tie for fifth place at the NCAA Central Regional Championship in 2008.
Sophomore Maria Salinas (Lima, Peru) is in a tie for 39th place in the individual standings with a 158 total for the first two rounds. She carded a 77 in the first round and an 81 in the second round.
Florida State will look to move into the top eight in the team standings in Saturday’s third and final round of the event. The Seminoles will play in the final group of the morning wave with Georgia and Kent Sate as the work surpass at least four teams.
2010 NCAA Central Regional/Par 72/Second Round Florida State Results Otter Creek Golf Course/Columbus, Ind./May 6-8, 2010 12/24. Florida State 308 321 629 T14. Jessica Negron 73 81 154 T26. Lacey Agnew 79 76 155 T39. Maria Salinas 77 81 158 T73. Hannah Thomson 79 84 163 T80. Macarena Silva 81 84 165
2010 NCAA Central Regional/Par 72/Second Round Team Results Otter Creek Golf Course/Columbus, Ind./May 6-8, 2010 1. Southern Cal 601 13. San Diego State 635 2. Arizona State 609 14. Louisville 639 3. Oklahoma State 613 15. Northwestern 643 4. Oregon 621 16. Baylor 645 5. Purdue 623 T17. Indiana 646 6. New Mexico 624 T17. Illinois State 646 7. Denver 625 19. Notre Dame 647 T8. Ole Miss 626 20. NC State 652 T8. Michigan State 626 21. Tulsa 654 T8. Georgia 626 22. Murray State 683 11. Kent State 628 23. Detroit Mercy 706 12. Florida State 629 24. Jackson State 714