April 17, 2011 - by
Silva Leads Noles To Fifth

April 17, 2011

GREENSBORO, N.C. (seminoles.com) –
Senior Macarena Silva finished in a tie for seventh place in the individual standings and the Florida State women’s golf team finished in fifth place in the final team standings of the 23rd Annual Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Golf Championship at Sedgefield Country Club. Sliva led the Seminoles in the final round with a three over par score of 74 to earn her second career top 10 finish in the ACC Championship; she finished in a tie for 10th place as a sophomore in 2009.

Silva’s finish was the highest individual finish in the event by a Seminole since All-American Caroline Westrup finished in second place in both 2007 and 2008.

No. 23 North Carolina led wire-to-wire to win the team championship with a 24 stroke victory over No. 5 Duke and a 27 stroke win over No. 6 Virginia. The Tar Heels took control of the event in the first round and never looked back in earning their second ACC championship in the sport of women’s golf and first since 1992. Cheyenne Woods of Wake Forest, a niece of golf icon Tiger Woods, won the individual championship with a seven stroke win over North Carolina’s Allie White.

“We didn’t play our best golf of the season this week but we learned a lot,” said Head Coach Amy Bond. “In moving forward we need to continue to work hard on our short games. We had some great individual efforts and we have good things to build on.”

Silva (Santiago, Chile) closed the event with a two over par score of 74 and finished with a 222 total for the 54 hole tournament. She carded three scores of 75 or better with her best score of 73 coming in the first round. Silva enjoyed a fine tournament as she spent the entire three day event in the top 10 of the individual standings – she was in a tie for seventh place after the first round, in a tie for sixth after two rounds and finished in a tie for seventh.

Silva played well early in the third round as was at two under par after her first 10 holes with nine holes at par or better with three birdies. She endured a tough back nine but was able to finish the round at two over par.

“I felt really good during the first nine holes and struggled a little bit on the back nine,” said Silva. “I am really happy to finish in the top 10 and help my team to a strong finish. Every tournament I feel that I have been playing better so I am really excited to keep improving and am looking forward to playing in regionals once again.”

“Macarena played a good tournament,” said Bond. “She battled the elements and the tough greens very well.”

Sophomore Jessica Negron (Ocala, Fla.) also played well in helping the Seminoles finish in the top five in the nation’s toughest conference tournament for women’s golf. She finished in a tie for 11th place in the individual standings – an improvement of 14 places in the individual standings as compared to her individual finish of tied for 25th during her freshman season.

Negron’s four over par score of 74 included 13 holes at par or better with one birdie. She was one over par on her first nine in the third round and finished the tournament with four birdies.

Junior Maria Salinas (Lima, Peru) earned her second consecutive top 20 finish in the ACC Championship as she finished in a tie for 17th place with a three round total of 230. Junior Hannah Thomson (Perth Australia) finished in a tie for 21st place while senior Andrea Kaelin (Fleming Island, Fla.) finished in 43rd place.

Florida State will now await the announcement of the teams that will participate in the three NCAA regional championships. That announcement will be made April 25. Should they be selected to participate as expected, the Seminoles will play at one of three sites: The LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla. (Stetson University host), the Warren Golf Course in South Bend, Indy (Notre dame University host) and Washington National Golf Club in Seattle, Wash. (University of Washington host). The regionals are scheduled for May 5-7, 2011. with the NCAA Championship scheduled for The Traditions Club in College Station, Tex. (Texas A&M host) May 18-21.

“We will now wait on the call next week which determines the regional bids,” said Bond. “We are in good shape and will be practicing hard in the next few weeks to prepare for NCAA play.”

23RD Annual ACC Women's Golf Championship/Par 71/Final Florida State Results
Sedgefield Country Club/Greensboro, N.C./April 15-17, 2011
5/9.    Florida State    295   307   309   911
T7.     Macarena Silva   73    75    74    222
T11.    Jessica Negron   73    79    75    227
T17.    Maria Salinas    75    75    80    230
T21.    Hannah Thomson   74    78    80    232
43.     Andrea Kaelin    81    82    89    252

23RD Annual ACC Women's Golf Championship/Par 71/Final Florida State Results
Sedgefield Country Club/Greensboro, N.C./April 15-17, 2011
1.   North Carolina   875   6.   Maryland         903
2.   Duke             899   7.   NC State         937
3.   Virginia         903   8.   Miami            938
4.   Wake Forest      904   9.   Boston College   967
5.   Florida State    911

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