June 14, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) –
Junior Maria Salinas, who led the Florida State women’s golf team to its sixth consecutive NCAA Women’s golf championships appearance, has earned All-American Honorable Mention honors as selected by the editors of GolfWeek Magazine. It marks the first time in her career she has earned All-American honors – she also earned regional All-American honors and All-ACC honors this season as she averaged a career low and team leading 74.00 strokes in 27 rounds in nine tournaments.
“It’s a great honor for me and our entire team to be named to one of the All-American teams,” said Salinas from her home in Peru. “I became a better golfer this year because of my teammates and my coaches; our team helps me and pushed me to become a better golfer. This honor gives me more confidence that I can continue to improve not only my overall game but that I can help the other players on our team continue to improve so we can advance to the NCAA Finals. I am excited for the upcoming season.”
Salinas was one of 20 players selected to earn honorable mention honors following the selection of the 10 member All-American First, Second and Third team selections. She was one of nine players from the ACC to earn All-American honors with one First Team selection (Lindy Duncan of Duke), one Second Team selection (Brittany Altomare of Virginia) and three Third Team selections (Natalie Sheary, Cheyenne Woods and Michele Shin of Wake Forest) coming from the conference generally recognized as the top conference for women’s golf in the nation. Salinas was one of four golfers to earn All-American Honorable Mention honors from the ACC.
Salinas finished in the top 25 of the individual standings in each of her seven events during the recently completed spring season. She finished in a tie for sixth place in the individual standings at the NCAA East Regional Championships but also lost her chance to represent the Seminoles as an individual at the NCAA Championship finals as she lost a one hole playoff to Caroline Powers of Michigan State. Salinas’ sixth place finish at the NCAA East Regional Championship marked the best national finish of her career. She earned her career best finish of second at the Lady Puerto Classic as she totaled career bests for a single round score (69 in the third round), tournament score (213) and score vs. par (minus three) in leading the Seminoles to a third place finish in the team standings at the event at the Lady Puerto Classic.
“We are happy for Maria because she worked really hard during her junior season,” said head coach Amy Bond. “I think this national honor will increase her motivation and help her set her sights on higher goals for her senior year. Maria has the opportunity to be one of the top golfers in the country next year if she really puts her mind to it and works to improve herself both mentally and physically. Her improvement will be a key to our improvement as a team.”
Salinas is the second Seminole golfer in the last three seasons to earn All-American honors. Caroline Westrup – the only four time All-American in history of the Seminole women’s program – earned All-American Honorable Mention Honors in 2009.