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Women’s Golf To NCAA Finals

May 8, 2010

The Florida State women’s golf team finished in a tie for sixth place in the final standings at the NCAA Central Regional championship and qualified to play in the NCAA Championship finals May 18-21 at the Country Club of Landfall in Wilmington, N.C. The Seminoles began the third round in 12th place and three strokes outside of the cut line of the top eight teams that would advance to the finals. When the round was complete, they had surpassed six teams and earned themselves a spot in the championship finals for the first time since 2006 and for the ninth time in school history.

“I can’t tell you how happy I am for the girls,” said interim coach Kate Golden. “The wind was gusting up to 45 miles per hour and it got pretty cold on the course but each of the girls fought and gutted it out. The weather was bitterly cold. We are really excited to be going back to North Carolina – we are going to be prepared to play good golf at the most important time of the year.”

As a team the Seminoles carded 12 birdies in the final round – nearly as many as they had carded in the first two rounds combined (13) and counted two scores in the 70’s for only the second time in the three round tournament.

Junior Macarena Silva led the Seminoles in the third round with a two over par score of 74 – her best round of the tournament by seven strokes. Florida State also counted the scores of sophomore Maria Salinas (76 – also her best score of the tournament) and two of the scores of 80 by Lacey Agnew, freshman Jessica Negron and sophomore Hannah Thomson.

Silva (Santiago, Chile) played her best golf of the tournament as she finished with a two over par score of 74 in the final round. She recovered during the most important round after carding uncharacteristic scores of 81 and 84 in the first and second rounds of the event. Silva began her day quickly as she birdied her second hole and finished her first nine at even par with three birdies. She added another birdie on her second nine to finish at two over after finishing the first two rounds at a total of 19 strokes over par.

Silva carded four birides in the third round as compared to a total of two birdies in her first two rounds.

“I really fell like I played well today – finally,” said Silva. “Everything came together for me and I am very excited to be able to go to nationals with my teammates. Playing at nationals is an experience that I have been missing from my career and I am happy to say we are going to nationals. That is a great feeling.”

Sophomore Maria Salinas (Lima, Peru) also played her best golf of the week as she finished the final round with a four over par score of 76. She was four over par on the final day after finishing a combined total of 14 strokes over par in the first two rounds. Salinas birdied two of her first nine holes and played consistent golf throughout the day.

Salinas will now play in her second career NCAA Championship finals round – the only member of the Seminoles’ lineup who has prior championship round experience. She played in the 2009 finals as a student-athlete at UT Chattanooga; she transferred to Florida State for the spring 2010 semester.

“I am so happy for our team,” said Salinas. “We really deserved the ticket to nationals; we have worked for this moment all year. Having the opportunity to go to nationals for the second year is amazing. There is no other tournament like the nationals and we are all going to enjoy it a lot.”

Seminole co-captain Lacey Agnew (Jonesboro, Ga.) finished with a third round score of 80. She finished with two of her three scores in the 70’s. On the final day she finished with 11 holes at par or better with three birdies.

As the Seminoles’ lone senior in the lineup she has earned the honor of playing in the NCAA Championship finals for the first time in her career.

“This is what we have been working for all year,” said Agnew. “We needed to come together and player well in the last round and that is what we did. We could not be working any better as a team than we are right now and at the right time of the year. Everyone played with such heart. As a senior I’m glad my teammates stepped up so that we can all experience nationals together. We are looking forward to nationals and having our best showing of the year.”

The No. 23 ranked Seminoles finished ahead of three teams ranked ahead of them in the national rankings: No. 10 Michigan State (10th place), No. 14 Georgia (11th place) and No. 16 Denver (ninth place).

The Seminoles will be joined by regional champion Southern California, Arizona State, Purdue, New Mexico, Oklahoma State, Kent state and Oregon from the central region at the NCAA Championship. Martina Gavier of Kent State won the individual championship with a three over par score of 219. None of the 123 players in the event finished at or under par.

2010 NCAA Central Regional/Par 72/Final Florida State Results
Otter Creek Golf Course/Columbus, Ind./May 6-8, 2010
T6/24.  Florida State     308   321   310   939
T22.    Jessica Negron    73    81    80    233
T26.    Maria Salinas     77    81    76    234
T31.    Lacey Agnew       79    76    80    235
T50.    Macarena Silva    81    84    74    239
T70.    Hannah Thomson    79    84    80    243

2010 NCAA Central Regional/Par 72/Final Team Results
Otter Creek Golf Course/Columbus, Ind./May 6-8, 2010
1.   Southern California  907   13.  San Diego State     954
2.   Arizona State        915   14.  Louisville          956
3.   Purdue               931   15.  Northwestern        957
4.   New Mexico           936   16.  Notre Dame          970
5.   Oklahoma State       937   17.  Baylor              968
T6.  Florida State        939   18.  Indiana             971
T6.  Oregon               939   19.  Illinois State      973
8.   Kent State           940   20.  Tulsa               977
9.   Denver               941   21.  NC State            984
10.  Michigan State       942   22.  Murray State        1,022
11.  Georgia              946   23.  Detroit Mercy       1,063
12.  Ole Miss             952   24.  Jackson State       1,080

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