February 7, 2012 - by
Women’s Golf Opens Spring Season

Feb. 7, 2012

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) –
The Florida State University women’s golf team opens its spring season at the Northrup Grumman Regional Challenge hosted by The Ohio State University on the par 71, 5,912 yard Palos Verdes Golf Club course in Palos Verdes, Cal., on February 13-15. The tournament will be played over three days with 18 holes played each day. Southern California returns as the defending champion from the 16th edition of the event with a team score of 884 (+32). Arizona State’s Carlota Ciganda tallied a three-day total of 2-over 215 and clinched the individual title. However, Carlota is now playing on the Ladies European tour and will not return to defend her title.

No. 29 Florida State will face one of the toughest fields for the season with three teams ranked in the top 10 and 10 teams ranked in the top 25 at the Northrup Grumman Regional Challenge. The Seminoles are joined in the power packed field by No. 1 UCLA, No. 4 Southern California, No. 8 Arizona State, No. 12 Ohio State, No.14 Florida, No. 17 Duke, No. 18 Oregon. No. 21 UC Davis, No. 23 Colorado, No. 24 Oklahoma, No. 26 Michigan State, Pepperdine, Denver and Wake Forest.

It has been a while since the Seminole women’s golf has traveled to California. The Seminoles most recently played in the Golden State in 2007. Florida State opened its last four seasons at the Lady Puerto Rico Challenge. However, Coach Amy Bond thought it would be good challenge for the Seminoles to try a new venue for their 2012 spring opener. The field at Northrup Grumman Regional Challenge has an extremely strong group of teams. Coach Bond thought it would be a great start for the season to see where the Seminoles stand compared to the other teams in the country.

Florida State earned three top 10 team finishes this fall with a tie for third place finish at the Susie Berning Maxwell Classic, a fifth place finish at the Mo Morial Tournament and a tie for 10th place finish at the Landfall Tradition. Three different players led the Seminoles in the individual standings with junior Malin Jansson lead the Seminoles at the Mo Morial, freshman Laure Castelain earned team honors at the Susie Berning Maxwell Classic and Maria Salinas led the Seminoles in the final event of the season.

Freshman Laure Castelain finished in a tie for third place in the individual standings to lead the Florida State women’s golf team to a tie for third place finish in the team standings in the Susie Berning Maxwell Classic at the Jimmy Austin – University of Oklahoma Golf Course during the fall season. After back to back rounds of 70 in the first and second rounds, Castelain carded a 77 in the third round and finished seven strokes out of first place.

Name              Tourn.   Rounds   Par   -75    Low    Strokes   Avg.
Malin Jansson     2        6        0     3      73     455       75.83
Laure Castelain   2        6        2     2      70     458       76.33
Jessica Negron    3        9        1     4      70     690       76.67
Alex Milan        2        6        1     1      72     461       76.83
Maria Salinas     2        6        0     1      73     463       77.17
Carlton Kuhlo     1        3        0     1      74     233       77.67
Hannah Thomson    3        9        1     2      70     705       78.33

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