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May 4, 2011

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Amy Bond, who is in her first season as Florida State’s head coach, has led the Seminole women’s golf team back to the NCAA Tournament and will lead her team into the NCAA East Regional Championship on the Legends Course at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla., May 5-7. The Seminoles were selected to participate in the 72-team tournament Monday marking the sixth consecutive year, 10th in the last 11 seasons and 18th in the last 21 seasons that the Seminoles will play in the NCAA Championship. A total of 72 teams and 18 individuals will compete in three regionals for the right to advance to the national championship finals at the traditions Club in College Station, Tex., May 18-21. The national championships will feature 24 teams and six individuals. The top eight teams in each regional and the top two individuals not on the qualifying teams will advance to compete in the championship finals. The Seminoles are ranked No. 28 in the latest national ranking by GolfStat and No. 29 by GolfWeek Magazine. The Seminoles have been ranked inside the nation’s top 30 teams in the nation throughout the fall and spring seasons.

No. 28 Florida State is joined by No. 3 Alabama, No. 4 Purdue, No. 9 California, No. 10 Arizona State, No. 16 Auburn, No. 18 Michigan State, No. 21 North Carolina, No. 23 Vanderbilt, No. 25 Florida, Alabama State, Augusta State, Coastal Carolina, Colorado, Fairleigh Dickinson, Florida International, Kentucky, Louisville, UNC Wilmington, Ole Miss, Stetson, Texas Tech, TCU and Yale in the 2011 NCAA East Regional Championship. The event will be played on the Legends Course at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla. The course is a par 72, 6,339 yard layout which opened in 1998. The course is also plays host to the final stage of LPGA Tour Qualifying School and has hosted the 2007 Division I Women’s Championship and the NASCAR Checkered Flag Event.

Florida State has played in all but three regional championships since the NCAA adopted the regional qualifying format in 1991. The Seminoles have made 18 regional appearances and nine championship round appearances in the last 27 years. Florida State has finished in the national top-20 in four of the last seven years and finished in a program best 10th place in the NCAA Championship finals in 2010.

Florida State junior Maria Salinas, who will led the Seminoles into to the NCAA East Regional championships beginning Thursday, was named to the All-ACC Women’s Golf team as voted on by the leagues nine head coaches and announced by the league office. It marks the first time Salinas has earned All-ACC honors and the 11th consecutive season that at least one Seminole player has been named to the all conference team. Salinas enters the NCAA East Regional Championship with a team leading and career low 74.21 stroke average – the ninth lowest scoring average in the ACC this season. She finished in second place in the individual standings at the Lady Puerto Rico Challenge and is one of only 10 players in the ACC who has earned either a first of second place individual finish this season. Salinas enters the NCAA tournament on a roll as she has earned six consecutive top 25 finishes in six tournaments this spring and has finished as Florida State’s leading golfer in three events as a junior.

Two of the Seminoles who will compete in the 2011 NCAA East Regional – Maria Salinas in 2011 and Macarena Silva in 2010 – have earned All-ACC honors during their careers. Salinas leads the Seminoles with a career best 74.21 stroke average this season while Silva will compete in her fourth consecutive NCAA regional championship this weekend at LPGA International.

Florida State’s line-up at the 2011 NCAA East Regional Championships (seniors Andrea Kaelin and Macarena Silva, juniors Maria Salinas and Hannah Thompson, sophomore Jessica Negron) brings a combined total of eight NCAA regional championship appearances to the course at LPGA International this week. Silva, who will play in her fourth consecutive NCAA regional championship, has led the Seminoles to a tied for eighth place finish at the 2008 NCAA Central Regional Championship, a 15th place finish at 2009 East Regional Championship and a tied for sixth at the 2010 NCAA Central Regional Championships. Salinas, who transferred to Florida State from UT Chattanooga in 2009 played in the 2009 and 2010 NCAA Central Regional Championships while Thomson played in the 2009 NCAA East Regional Championship and the 2010 NCAA Central Regional Championship and Negron played in the 2010 NCAA Central Regional Championship.

Senior Macarena Silva enters the 2011 NCAA East Regional Championship as a college graduate. She earned her bachelor’s degree in marketing in Florida State’s spring commencement exercises on April 30.

Senior Macarena Silva has enjoyed an outstanding collegiate experience as she has already earned her bachelor’s degree from Florida State and played in four NCAA championship tournaments and a member of the nationally ranked Seminole women’s golf team.

Senior Macarena Silva, who will play in her 39th career event at the 2011 NCAA East Regional Championships, finished in a tie for seventh place in this year’s ACC Championship. It marked the fourth time in her career that she has earned a top 12 finish in what is arguably the nation’s top collegiate women’s golf tournament. Silva finished in a tie for seventh in 2011, in a tie for ninth in 2008, in a tie for 10th in 2009 and in a tie for 12th in 2010. She was an All-ACC pick in 2011 when she averaged a career low 74.00 strokes in 35 rounds during 12 tournaments.

All-ACC selection Maria Salinas enters the 2011 NCAA East Regional Championships riding a streak of six consecutive top 25 individual finishes. She has finished in the top 25 in six consecutive and seven of eight tournaments this year with her only non top 25 finish coming at the Lady Tar Heel Invitational in October. Salinas has now earned 14 top 25 finishes in 28 career events including 10 of the last 12 events dating back to the spring 2010 Lady Gator Invitational.

NOTING Maria Salinas’ FINISHES IN 2011…
…She has earned six consecutive top 25 and 14 career top 25 finishes in 28 career events;
…She has earned seven of eight finishes inside the top 20 and four of eight finishes inside the top 15 as a junior in 2011;
…She has earned two top 10 finishes (second place at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic and tied for seventh at the Lady Gator Invitational) – one more than she had in eight events as a sophomore. She now has eight career top 10 finishes entering the 2011 NCAA East Regional Championships.

Name               Tourn.   Rds    Par   -75    Low    Strokes   Avg.
Maria Salinas      8        24     7     14     69     1,781     74.21
Hannah Thomson     9        27     8     13     69     2,025     75.00
Macarena Silva     8        24     3     11     72     1,818     75.85
Jessica Negron     9        26     5     12     69     1,980     76.15
Andrea Kaelin      7        21     1     4      72     1,670     79.52
Mary Beth Ramsay   3        9      1     1      73     736       81.78
Whitney Wenglasz   3        9      0     0      76     738       82.00

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