May 8, 2010
COLUMBUS, Ind. –
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