February 15, 2011 - by
Salinas Leads Noles To Third

Feb. 15, 2011

RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico (seminoles.com) –
Florida State University junior Maria Salinas finished in second place in the individual standings and the Seminole women’s golf team finished in third place in the team standings as play in the prestigious Lady Puerto Rico Classic at the Rio Del Mar Country Club came to a close on Tuesday. Salinas tied her career best individual finish while the Seminoles earned their best finish of the year and earned their first top five finish under first year head coach Amy Bond.

No. 1 ranked Alabama repeated as the tournament champions with a five stroke win over Iowa State and a 16 stroke win over Florida State. The Seminoles were tied for fourth after the first round and moved into third in the second round where they would stay for the remainder of the tournament. Stephanie Meadow of Alabama won the individual championship by one stroke over Florida State’s Salinas. Meadow earned a par on the final hole while Salinas bogeyed the final hole to finish in second.

The Seminoles entered the event ranked 44th nationally by GolfStat and finished ahead of eight ranked teams: No. 6 Purdue, No. 10 Georgia, No. 16 Auburn, No. 17 Auburn, No. 23 Kent State, No. 27 Oregon, No. 33 Northwestern and No. 42 TCU.

“This is a good start to the year for our team,” said head coach Amy Bond. “We played really solid golf and did a good job of playing within ourselves. I feel that we got better with each round and that was one of our goals for this event to begin the spring season.

“Maria had a great tournament,” said Bond. “She fell just short in the end but it was an overall good start to the spring season for one of our top players.”

Salinas carded a career best three under par score of 69 in the third and final round to finish with her career best three round total of 213. With two of her three scores coming under par she finished at three under par to mark not only a career low tournament score of 213 but she also finished under par for an entire tournament for the first time in her career.

Salinas (Lima, Peru) played her best round of the tournament with five birdies and 16 holes at par or better. She carded more birdies in the final round (five) than she did during the first two rounds of the event combined (four). After a bogey on the first hole that put her above par, she birdied her third and continued to lower her score from there. Salinas carded five birdies on her next 16 holes and was as many as four strokes under par during the remainder of the round.

“I am really happy with the way I played,” said Salinas. “I feel that I was consistent throughout the round. It is a great way for me to start the spring season and I look to building on the way I play in this event.”

Sophomore Jessica Negron (Ocala, Fla.) also played her best golf of the tournament as she carded a 74 in the final round and finished in a tie for 26th place. She was very consistent during the round as she was at or below par on 16 of the 18 holes she played during the round. Negron has now finished in the top 30 of the individual standings in 11 of her 13 career events as a Seminole.

Junior Hannah Thomson (Perth, Australia) also played her best golf of the tournament as she carded an even par 72 and finished in a tie for 29th in the individual standings. She improved her score over the final two rounds of the event as she carded scores of 84-73-72 to finish with a three round total of 229. Thomas was minus two strokes under par over her final 13 holes of the event with two birdies and 11 holes at par. Thomas finished in a tie for 29th with teammate Macarena Silva (Santiago, Chile) who was at her best in the second round as she carded an even par score of 72.

Florida State continues its spring schedule as it travels to play at the Kinderlou Forest Challenge in Valdosta, Ga., Feb. 27-March 1.

Lady Puerto Rico Classic/Par 72/Final Florida State Results
Rio Mar Country Club/Rio Grande, Puerto Rico/Feb. 13-15, 2011
3.     Florida State      303   295   293   891
2.     Maria Salinas      71    73    69    213
T26.   Jessica Negron     77    77    74    228
T29.   Macarena Silva     79    72    78    229
T19.   Hannah Thomson     84    73    72    229
T41.   Andrea Kaelin      76    80    78    234

Lady Puerto Rico Classic/Par 72/Final Team Results
Rio Mar Country Club/Rio Grande, Puerto Rico/Feb. 13-15, 2011
1.   Alabama         875   10.    Oregon              922
2.   Iowa State      880   11.    Auburn              923
3.   Florida State   891   12.    Southern Methodist  928
4.   Purdue          896   13.    Michigan            931
5.   Georgia         907   14.    Indiana             932
T6.  Kent State      916   15.    Texas Tech          937
T6.  Northwestern    916   16.    Penn State          938
8.   TCU             919   T17.   Oklahoma            939
9.   Oklahoma        920   T17.   NC State            939

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