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March 31, 2011

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The Florida State women’s golf team, which is ranked 30th nationally in the latest head-to-head rankings by Golfstat, travels to the University of Georgia to play in the 2011 Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic — one of the top tournaments in all of women’s collegiate golf during the season (April 1-3, 2011). The Seminoles are joined by 12 of the nation’s top 25 and19 of the top 40 ranked teams in the nation in arguably the toughest tournament in all of collegiate golf during the 2010-11 regular season. The event will take on a time tested format with each team playing together (all five players) throughout the tournament with the top four scores on each hole counting toward the team score.

No. 30 Florida State is joined by No. 2 Alabama, No. 4 Duke, No. 5 Purdue, No. 6 LSU, No. 7 Virginia, No. 12 Arkansas, No. 13 Georgia, No. 16 Wake Forest, No. 18 Auburn, No. 21 North Carolina, No. 22 Michigan State, No. 25 Oklahoma, No. 26 Notre Dame, No. 28 Florida, No. 29 Ohio State, No. 32 Chattanooga, No. 33 Kent State, No. 38 South Carolina, Furman, Georgia State, Kennesaw State and Kentucky in the 39th Annual Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic at the University of Georgia Golf Course in Athens, Ga. The event will be played on the 6,335 yard, Par 72 course at the University of Georgia. Duke is the defending team champion while the Blue Devils’ Lindy Duncan is the defending individual champion – and both will look to defend their titles this weekend.

Florida State has reeled off four consecutive top seven team finishes this spring – third at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic, fourth at the Kinderlou Challenge, second at the Gator Invitational and seventh at the Bryan National Collegiate – as it begins play in the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic. The Seminoles have now finished in the top seven in the team standings in five of their seven events this year including a sixth place finish at the fall season opening Cougar Classic.

Junior Hannah Thomson (Perth, Australia) earned the first individual title of her career as she won the championship of the Lady Gator Invitational earlier this spring. She gained command of the individual standings early in the third round of the event as she birdied three of her first four holes to move to two under and more importantly move into first place. As Thomson continued to move up the leader board, Charlotte Lorentzen of Georgia State bogeyed two of her first holes to open the door for the Seminole junior. Thomson carded four birdies on the front nine and played consistent golf on the back nine with eight of nine holes scores at par. Thomason carded under par scores of 69 in the first and third rounds and added a 72 in the second round to finish with an even par score of 210. She was the only gofer in the 90 player field who finished at par or better. Her scores of 69 came within two strokes of tying her career best score for a single round while her tournament score of 210 was the best of her three-year career as a Seminole.

Four different Seminoles have earned six top 10 individual finishes this spring – Hannah Thomson (first at the Lady Gator Invitational, tied for eighth at the Kinderlou Forest Challenge); Maria Salinas (second of the Lady Puerto Rico Classic, tied for seventh at the Lady Gator Invitational), Jessica Negron (tied for 10th at the Kinderlou Forest Challenge) and Macarena Silva (tied for 10th at the Kinderlou Forest Challenge)…Hannah Thomson has topped the Seminoles leader board in each of the last three tournaments with one win (Lady Gator Invitational) and a second top 10 finish (Kinderlou Forest Challenge).

Name              Tourn.  Rds    Par   -75   Low   Strokes   Avg.
Maria Salinas     4       12     6     10    69    882       73.50
Jessica Negron    5       14     5     9     69    1,043     74.50
Macarena Silva    4       12     3     6     72    904       75.33
Hannah Thomson    5       15     2     6     71    1,137     75.80
Andrea Kaelin     4       12     1     3     72    938       78.17
Mary Beth Ramsay  2       6      1     1     73    481       80.17
Whitney Wenglasz  3       9      0     0     76    738       82.00

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