April 17, 2010
GREENSBORO, N.C. –
Sophomore Maria Salinas shot a 74 and is in a tie for 10th place in the individual standings and the No. 20 Seminole women’s golf team is in fifth place after two rounds of the 22nd Annual ACC Championship at the Sedgefield Country Club. Salinas has a two round total of 146 and is only six strokes out of the individual lead as she works to win the first ever individual ACC championship in school history for Florida State.
Wake Forest increased its lead in the team standings to 15 strokes over both Duke and Virginia as the Demon Deacons look to win their second consecutive ACC championship in the sport of women’s golf. The Demon Deacons are led in the individual standings by Michelle Shin and Cheyenne Woods who are tied for first in the individual standings with identical scores of two under par 140. Salinas, who is at the top of the Seminoles’ leaderboard, is three strokes from moving into the top four and six strokes from moving into the overall lead.
“We have had some trouble adjusting to the slopes and the speed of the greens on this golf course,” said interim coach Kate Golden. “The design of this course requires precision hitting onto the greens as well as on them. If you happen to be slightly off, you are punished severely. We haven’t had a hot round yet and that’s one of the things these ladies have been doing so well. Each of them is capable of going low and tomorrow would be a great day to them to go low. I know all of them have low rounds in them.”
Florida State totaled a team score of 298 which tied it for the third lowest score of the second round. The Seminoles counted scores of 72-74-75-77 as they improved their team total by three strokes. Florida State earned the second best round to round improvement of the nine teams in the tournament behind North Carolina’s 11 stroke improvement. The Seminoles trail the Tar Heels by six strokes for fourth place and trail Duke and Virginia by 13 strokes for second place.
Salinas (Lima, Peru) continued to play well as she scored a 74 after finishing with a 72 in the first round of the tournament. After a rough start to the second round with two birdies on her first three holes, Salinas responded with a one under par score over her final 15 holes of the round. Her best hole was an eagle three on the par five 15th hole. With the eagle, she was two strokes under par over her last seven holes of the afternoon.
“I didn’t start the round very well but I managed to hold on and finish strong,” said Salinas. “Overall I hit the ball well and am very confident in my game right now.”
Junior Macarena Silva (Santiago, Chile) played the best round of the second round for the Seminoles as she carded a one over par 72. She is in a tie for 11th place with a 36 hole total of 148. Silva closed well and was one under par over her last six holes of the round.
Silva is looking to earn her second consecutive top 10 finish in the ACC championship after finishing in a tie for 10th place in the individual standings in the 2009 conference championship tournament.
“I had a good round but still feel I will play better tomorrow,” said Silva. “I hit some greens but didn’t have enough putts fall in. I felt that I was very patient with my play and that helped me very much in this round. Hopefully tomorrow more putts will fall and we can continue to move up in the team standings.”
Freshman Jessica Negron (Ocala, Fla.) continued to play consistent golf as she finished with the second consecutive score of 75. She played her best golf of the afternoon late in the round as she carded birdies on three of her final four holes. Negron led the Seminoles with four birdies in the second round.
Senior Lacey Agnew (Jonesboro, Ga.) and sophomore Hannah Thomson (Perth, Australia) are in a tie for 27th and a tie for 33rd respectively in the individual standings heading into the final round. Agnew has a total of 155 while Thomson has a two round total of 159.
The final round of the tournament begins Sunday morning at 8:30. The tournament champions – both team and individual – will be crowned at the conclusion of play following Sunday’s round.
22nd Annual ACC Championship/Par 71/Second Round Florida State Results Sedgefield Country Club/Greensboro, N.C./April 16-18, 2010 5/9. Florida State 301 298 599 T10. Maria Salinas 72 74 146 T11. Macarena Silva 76 72 148 T16. Jessica Negron 75 75 150 T27. Lacey Agnew 78 77 155 33. Hannah Thomson 79 80 159
22nd Annual ACC Championship/Par 71/Second Round Team Results Sedgefield Country Club/Greensboro, N.C./April 16-18, 2010 1. Wake Forest 571 6. Maryland 604 T2. Duke 586 7. NC State 605 T2. Virginia 586 8. Miami 642 4. North Carolina 593 9. Boston College 647 5. Florida State 599