May 6, 2010
COLUMBUS, Ind. –
Florida State University freshman Jessica Negron shot a one-over par 73 and is only three strokes out of the individual lead and the No. 22 ranked Seminole women’s golf team is in seventh place after the first round of the 2010 NCAA Central Regional at the Otter Creek Golf Course. Playing in the first NCAA Championship tournament of her career, Negron was rarely in trouble as she carded 15 holes at par or better with two birdies.
While the weather was ideal in the first round, the course played tough with very thick rough and wet grass which slowed each put down and allowed for limited rolls on drives. The course difficulty was apparent as Arizona State (the team leader after round one) finished with a nine over par team score of 297 and only three of the 123 players finished with scores at or below par.
The Seminoles are in seventh place in the team standings and are only 11 strokes behind No. 2 ranked Arizona State in the race for the team title. More importantly for the Seminoles – they are within the cut line for teams to advance to the NCAA Championship finals as the top eight teams in each of the three competing regions will advance to the finals at the Country Club of Landfall in Wilmington, N.C. May 18-21.
“This course is set up for play as a collegiate major championship” said interim coach Kate Golden. “If we can stay patient and play smart, we will advance to the finals. All of the girls played solid golf; on this course mistakes are accentuated. Trust, patience and playing smart will be the key for the next two days.”
Arizona State was led in the first round by Juilana Murcia who shot a one under par 71 and who is in third place in the individual standings heading into the second round. Thea Hoffmeister of Purdue and Kenrda Little of Oregon are the first round leaders with identical scores of two-under par 70.
Negron (Ocala, Fla.) was the most consistent of the Seminoles in the first round as she carded a 73 – which is tied as her third best single round score of the season. She began the round well with four holes of par and two birdies on holes five and six to move to two under par. She was under par for her first eight holes of the round and didn’t move over par until a bogey on her 17th hole.
With 13 holes at par and two birdies, Negron led the team with 15 holes scored at or under par in the first round.
“I really felt calm and relaxed during the whole round,” said Negron. “I really just focused on sticking to my game plan of playing simple golf by hitting fairways and greens.”
Sophomore Maria Salinas is in a tie for 52nd place after carding a five over par score of 77. Her score marked her highest since finishing with a 77 in the third round of the Kinderlou Forest Invitational on March 2. Salinas had finished with 12 consecutive scores at 76 or better and entered the NCAA tournament with a 74.78 stroke average in six tournaments this spring.
The Seminoles will tee off in the afternoon wave on Friday – generally considered moving day in a three day tournament. The Seminoles will play with New Mexico and Oklahoma State.
2010 NCAA Central Regional/Par 72/First Round Florida State Results Otter Creek Golf Course/Columbus, Ind./May 6-8, 2010 7/24. Florida State 308 T8. Jessica Negron 73 T27. Maria Salinas 77 T52. Lacey Agnew 79 T52. Hannah Thomson 79 T69. Macarena Silva 81
2010 NCAA Central Regional/Par 72/First Round Team Results Otter Creek Golf Course/Columbus, Ind./May 6-8, 2010 1. Arizona State 297 T13. Louisville 315 2. Southern Cal. 299 T13. Illinois State 315 3. Purdue 303 15. Baylor 316 T4. Oregon 305 16. Indiana 318 T4. Oklahoma State 305 17. San Diego State 319 6. New Mexico 306 18. Northwestern 321 7. Florida State 308 19. Tulsa 324 T8. Ole Miss 309 T20. NC State 328 T8. Kent State 309 T20. Notre Dame 328 10. Michigan State 310 22. Murray State 336 T11. Denver 312 23. Detroit Mercy 352 T11. Georgia 312 24. Jackson State 357