April 4, 2010
GREENSBORO, N.C. –
The No. 25 ranked Florida State University women’s golf team defeated seven teams ranked ahead of it in the national rankings to win the Bryan Park Collegiate team championship at the Bryan Park Golf and Enrichment Center. The win was the third of the year for the Seminoles – the most in a single year for the program since 1981 – and second straight after winning the Pinehurst Challenge two weeks ago.
Florida State defeated No. 15 Wake Forest by one stroke to win the team championship. The Seminoles were tied for second after the first round, took over the lead in the second round and fended off the Demon Deacons on one of their home courses to claim the team championship. In winning the championship, the Seminoles bested No. 4 Duke (tied for third), No. 13 Tennessee (tied for sixth), No. 15 Wake Forest (second), No. 17 Virginia (11th), No. 20 LSU (eighth), No. 21 Ohio State (tied for third) and No. 22 Vanderbilt (tied for third). Florida State finished first in the team standings and ahead of the five other ACC team competing in the event.
“This is a really great group of girls and they are really coming together as a team,” said interim coach Kate Golden. “They are a tight group and really have each others’ backs both on and off the course. When one of them happens to have a tough day, one of their teammates steps up to the plate. That’s what this is all about. We are going to keep working hard as a team and doing what we have been doing know that April is in full swing.”
Junior Macarena Silva (Santiago, Chile) led the Seminoles in the final round with a one-under par 71 and in the final individual standings with a tied for fifth placed finish. She finished at one under par for the tournament and only four strokes behind the individual champion – Cheyenne Woods of Wake Forest. Silva finished under par in two of the three rounds of the tournament and as the Seminoles’ leader for the fourth time in the last five tournaments.
“Everyone on our team played great this whole weekend,” said Silva. “We were all very nervous at the end of the round but we all focused and made the championship happen. I feel like I played very consistently during the tournament. I also feel like the hard work that I have been putting in on my short game is paying off at a very good time of the year for our team.”
Silva has now earned three consecutive top 10 finishes and a career-high six top 10 finishes this year. She finished in third place in last week’s Pinehurst Challenge and finished in a tie for 10th place in the Kinderlou Forest Challenge in early March. Silva is even par in her last two events after finishing the Pinehurst Challenge at one over par and completing the Bryan Park Collegiate at one under par.
Agnew finished the event with a two over par score of 74 to go along with scores of 72 in the first round and 73 in the third round. She began the day well with birdies on three of her first eight holes. Agnew won the individual championship of last week’s Pinehurst Challenge and is a cumulative total of one under par in her last two events. She finished four strokes under par at Pinehurst and was three over par in this event. Agnew has earned a career-high five top 10 finishes this year as a senior.
“As a team, we all played awesome golf,” said Agnew. “We knew going in that this was a very strong field and that we were going to have to play three rounds of confident golf. Everyone stepped up at the right time and we were able to win the championship. We all had the same goal in mind and we were really focused on winning the team championship. It was a great team victory for our team and our program and we are excited to be heading for Gainesville next week as a confident team of players.”
Thomson, who carded the Seminoles’ best score of the tournament with a 67 in the second round, carded a 77 in the final round to finish with her 54 hole total of 219. Thomson carded pars in 13 of her 18 holes in the final round. Her score of 219 for the tournament was her second best three round tournament total of the year following a 218 in the fall season opening Cougar Classic.
Freshman Jessica Negron (tied for 26th) and sophomore Maria Salinas (tied for 38th) also played well for the Seminoles. Negron finished the tournament with a two over par 74 (her second best score of the event) while Salinas finished with a three over par score of 75 (tied for her best score of the event).
Florida State competes again next weekend (April 10-11) at the Gator Invitational in Gainesville. The Seminoles will then play in the ACC Championship (April 16-18) at the Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C.
Bryan National Collegiate/Par 72/Final Florida State Results Players Course/Bryan Park Golf And Enrichment Center/Greensboro, N.C. 1/18. Florida State 291 288 294 873 T5. Macarena Silva 69 75 71 215 T10. Lacey Agnew 72 73 74 219 T10. Hannah Thomson 75 67 77 219 T26. Jessica Negron 76 73 74 223 T38. Maria Salinas 75 76 75 226
Bryan National Collegiate/Par 72/Final Team Results Players Course/Bryan Park Golf And Enrichment Center/Greensboro, N.C. 1. Florida State 873 10. Northwestern 895 2. Wake Forest 874 11. Virginia 899 T3. Ohio State 886 12. Auburn 900 T3. Vanderbilt 886 13. Arkansas 903 T3. Duke 886 14. Louisville 908 T6. Tennessee 888 15. Col. of Charleston 914 T6. North Carolina 888 16. UNC Greensboro 924 8. LSU 890 17. NC State 941 9. S. Carolina 893 18. UNC Wilmington 942