Sept. 9, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) –
The Florida State women’s golf team, which played in its sixth consecutive NCAA Championship tournament in 2011, begins its 2011-12 season at it travels to play in the “Mo” Morial Tournament at the Traditions Club in Bryan, Tex., Sept. 11-13, 2011. The Seminoles finished in fifth place in the ACC Championship and in a tie for eighth place in the NCAA East Regional last season with junior Jessica Negron advancing to the NCAA Championship finals as an individual. The 2011 NCAA Championship finals were played at the Traditions Club and hosted by Texas A&M – as is this season opener for the Seminoles.
THE “MO” MORIAL TOURNAMENT FIELD
Florida State, which was ranked 29th in both major polls by GolfStat and Golf Week Magazine at the end of the 2011 season, is joined by five teams who finished the 2011 season ranked in the nation’s top 25 – No. 15 Auburn, No. 16 Michigan State, No. 22 Texas, No. 23 Tulane and No. 24 Texas A&M as well as Coastal Carolina, Kentucky, North Texas, Oklahoma and Texas San Antonio in the 17th “Mo” Morial Tournament. It marks the first time since the spring of 2009 that the tournament will be played and the second time the tournament will be played at the Traditions Club. Texas A&M has won the tournament a record six times.
JUNIOR NEGRON STARTS WHERE SHE LEFT OFF
Jessica Negron (Ocala, Fla.) enters her junior season on the same venue where she ended her sophomore season – the Traditions Club at Texas A&M – in the NCAA Championship finals. After earning Regional All-American Honors for her performance at the NCAA East Regional Championship where she finished in a tie for third place Negron qualified for the NCAA Championship finals. Negron finished in a tied for 45th place with scores of 72-78-79-73 and a 301 total. In her two best rounds of the tournament (the first and the fourth) Negron totaled seven birdies, and was never more than three strokes over par in either round.
SENIOR SALINAS RETURNS AS HONORABLE MENTION ALL-AMERICAN
Maria Salinas (Lima Peru) enters the 2011-2012 season after earning All-American Honorable Mention honors as selected by the editors of GolfWeek Magazine following the 2010-2011 season. It marked the first time in her career she earned All-American honors as she averaged a career low and team leading 74.00 strokes in 27 rounds in nine tournaments. She was one of nine players from the ACC to earn All-American honors with one First Team selection (Lindy Duncan of Duke), one Second Team selection (Brittany Altomare of Virginia) and three Third Team selections (Natalie Sheary, Cheyenne Woods and Michele Shin of Wake Forest) coming from the conference generally recognized as the top conference for women’s golf in the nation. Salinas was one of four golfers to earn All-American Honorable Mention honors from the ACC. Salinas was also named to the All-ACC Women’s Golf team as voted on by the leagues nine head coaches. It marked the first time Salinas had earned All-ACC honors and the 11th consecutive season that at least one Seminole player had been named to the all-conference team.
SEMINOLES TURN TO SENIOR THOMPSON
Senior Hannah Thompson (Perth, Australia) returns for her final season with the Seminoles. As a junior, she played in her third career NCAA Regional championship and her third career ACC Championship and was Florida State’s team leader with seven of 21 rounds scored at par or better and tied for second on the team with nine rounds scored at 75 or better. She finished her junior season with a career low 75.43 stroke average. She earned five consecutive top 25 individual finishes last season and earned her first career victory at the Lady Gator Invitational in March.
SEMINOLE WOMEN'S GOLF STATISTICS (Fall 2010/Spring 2011) Name Tourn. Rds Par -75 Low Stks Avg. Maria Salinas 9 27 8 17 69 1,998 74.00 Hannah Thomson 10 30 8 13 69 2,263 75.43 Jessica Negron 11 33 7 17 69 2,497 75.67 Macarena Silva 9 27 3 13 72 2,047 75.81 Andrea Kaelin 8 24 1 5 72 1,907 79.46 Mary Beth Ramsay 3 9 1 1 73 736 81.78 Whitney Wenglasz 3 9 0 0 76 738 82.00