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Golf Opens In Puerto Rico

Feb. 13, 2011

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) –
The Florida State University women’s golf team opens its spring season at the Lady Puerto Classic hosted by Purdue University on The River Course at the Rio Mar Beach Resort in Rio Puerto Rico Feb. 13-15. The tournament will be played over three days with 18 holes played each day. The Seminoles, who finished in 10th place in the NCAA Championship tournament in 2010, begin the spring season looking to work their way into the NCAA Championship field for the 17th time in the last 20 years.

Florida State is joined by No. 1 Alabama, No. 6 Purdue, No. 10 Georgia, No. 16 Auburn, No. 17 Oklahoma, No. 23 Kent State, No. 29 Iowa State, Indiana, Michigan, Northwestern, NC State, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Penn State, TCU, Texas Tech and Southern Methodist in the 18 team field. The event will be played at the Par 72, 6300-yard River Course at the Rio Mar Beach Resort in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. Play will begin with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. on Sunday and Monday and 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday. The field consists of 18 teams ready to take on the Greg Norman design course. Alabama won the event in 2010 and the individual medalist was Caroline Hedwall of Oklahoma State.

The 18 teams playing in this year’s Lady Puerto Rico Challenge will face a new challenge this season – that of a new course. Since Purdue University began hosting the tournament in 2003, it was played on the Donald Thrum designed golf course at the Coco Beach Golf and Country Club. The 18 teams will face the challenge of playing on the Greg Norman designed River Course at the Rio Mar Beach Resort which plays a bit longer than the Coco Beach course.

Amy Bond has signed two of the top players in the state of Florida – Carlton Kuhlo and Alexandra Milan – to National Letters of Intent. Kuhlo, from Chiles High School in Tallahassee, and Milan, from Steinbrenner High School in Lutz, comprise Bond’s first Seminole recruiting class. Kuhlo, who was recently named the Big Bend Women’s Golfer of the Year by the Tallahassee Democrat, enjoyed an outstanding high school and junior golf career. She won the Tallahassee City Championship in each of her four years at Chiles and played in the state tournament three times during her stellar prep career. She played in the Florida state championship three times as an individual, and was accompanied by her team during her senior season. Milan finished in a tie for seventh place at the 2010 Florida Women’s Golf Association Junior Girls’ Championship during the summer of 2010. As a senior at Steinbrenner High School, she led the Warriors to the first state championship finals appearance in school history with a runner-up finish in the regional championships. Milan was also crowned the district champion during her senior season and was the regional champion during her sophomore season. She won the 2008 regional championship as a student at Sickles High School by shooting a career best score of 64.

Name               Tourn.  Rds   Par   -75   Low    Stks   Avg.
Maria Salinas      2       6     3     6     72     439    73.17
Jessica Negron     3       8     4     7     69     588    73.50
Macarena Silva     2       6     1     4     73     448    74.67
Hannah Thomson     3       9     0     4     73     682    75.78
Andrea Kaelin      2       6     1     3     72     461    76.83
Mary Beth Ramsay   1       3     0     0     82     251    83.67
Whitney Wenglasz   2       6     0     0     80     503    83.83

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