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Salinas Leads Women’s Golf

April 16, 2010

Florida State University sophomore Maria Salinas is in a tie for eighth place in the individual standings and the No. 20 Seminole women’s golf team is in a tie for fifth place in the team standings after the first round of the 22nd Annual Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Golf Championship at the Sedgefield Country Club. Salinas was two strokes under par over her final 12 holes of the afternoon and will begin play in Saturday’s second round only three stokes behind the tournament co-leaders Alison Whitaker of Duke and Cheyenne Woods of Wake Forest.

No. 12 Wake Forest, with two players in the top three of the individual standings, leads the team race for the conference championship by three strokes over No. 4 Duke and No. 18 Virginia. The Demon Deacons are playing for their second consecutive ACC championship in the sport of women’s golf. They last won back to back championships in 1994 and 1995. The Seminoles are tied for fifth with NC State and are only two stroked behind Maryland for the fourth spot in the team standings. Whitaker and Woods (the niece of golfing legend Tiger Woods) carded identical scores of 69 and lead the 45 player field by one stroke over a trio of players.

Salinas (Lima, Peru), who is playing in her first ACC Championship after transferring from Tennessee Chattanooga to Florida State in January of this year, led the Seminoles with her score of 72 in the first round. She started slow with bogeys on three of her first six holes but closed well with birdies on three of he final 10 holes. Salinas’ three late birdies allowed her to go from three over par after 14 holes to finish at one over par and at the top of the Seminoles’ leaderboard.

Salinas finished in a tie for third place at the Southern Conference Championship in 2009 as a freshman at UT Chattanooga.

“Maria did not get off to a great start and she was feeling well throughout the round,” said coach Chris Malloy. “But she fought through some tough holes and played really well when you take a look at her round. She’s right in there and she, as do all of our players, has a great chance to keep moving up in the next two rounds.”

Freshman Jessica Negron (Ocala, Fla.), who is the only freshman in the Seminoles’ line-up, carded a 75 and is in a tie for 19th place in the individual standings. She finished the first round with three birdies and eight holes at par. Negron played a strong back nine as she finished at one over par with two birdies and six of her nine holes at par or better.

“I feel like I hit ball pretty well and hit a lot of fairways,” said Negron. “The course is in great condition and playing really well. The toughest thing for me today was that the greens were a little tricky but I figured out the slopes as the round went on.”

Junior Macarena Silva (Santiago, Chile) is in a tie for 21st place as she totaled a five over par score of 76. Playing in wind gusts up to 24 miles per hour, Silva finished with only one birdie and only 12 of 18 holes at par or better during the round.

“I was happy with the way I hit with my driver,” said Silva. “The great thing about this tournament is that there are still 36 holes to be played and the best team and the best players during the three days are going to win.”

As Florida State’s top golfer with a team-leading 73.00 stroke average, Silva’s score of 76 was very uncharacteristic of her play this spring. Her score marked the first time since March 1 and only the third time this spring that she had carded a score above 75. Silva has scored only four rounds above 75 in 26 rounds during the fall and spring seasons.

Senior Lacey Agnew (Jonesboro, Ga.) is in a tie for 26th place after shooting a 78 while sophomore Hannah Thomson (Perth, Australia) is in a tie for 31st place after carding a 79.

“Our team faced a lot of adversity today and did a really good job of recovering late in the round,” said Malloy. “This is the type of golf course where every team is going to struggle at some point during the tournament. I believe that our struggles are behind us and that we also know that our best golf is ahead of us in this event. The good thing is that they don’t award the trophy after 18 holes and we know we can get back it with some good golf tomorrow.”

Florida State is playing in the ACC Championship for the 19th time and looking to win its first ACC Championship in the sport of women’s golf. Since the Seminoles joined the league for the 1992 season, only three teams (Duke, North Carolina and Wake Forest) have won conference championships. The Blue Devils have won 13 of the last 14 championships dating to 1996. The Seminoles are looking to have at least one player finish in the top 10 of the individual standings for the 10th consecutive year and 18th time in 19 appearances in the event. Silva finished in a tie for 10th place to lead Florida State in 2009.

The second round begins at 8:30 on Saturday – the Seminoles will play with Maryland and NC State as they work to move into the top tier of the team standings. Live scoring of the tournament will be on Golfstat.com. Live webstreaming will be available for free on Saturday, April 17 from 1pm to conclusion of play and Sunday, April 18 from 12:30pm to conclusion of play on theACC.com.

22nd Annual ACC Championship/Par 71/First Round Florida State Results
Sedgefield Country Club/Greensboro, N.C./April 16-18, 2010
T5/9.   Florida State     301
T8.     Maria Salinas     72
T19.    Jessica Negron    75
T21.    Macarena Silva    76
T26.    Lacey Agnew       78
T31.    Hannah Thomson    79

22nd Annual ACC Championship/Par 71/First Round Florida State Results
Sedgefield Country Club/Greensboro, N.C./April 16-18, 2010
1.    Wake Forest       286
T2.   Duke              288
T2.   Virginia          288
4.    Maryland          299
T5.   Florida State     301
T5.   NC State          301
7.    North Carolina    302
8.    Miami             318
9.    Boston College    324

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