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Thomson Tops Noles

March 27, 2011

Florida State juniors Hannah Thomson (tied for 16th) and Maria Salinas (tied for 18th) both earned top 20 individual finishes and the Seminole women’s golf team finished in seventh place in the final team standings as play in the Bryan National Collegiate on the Bryan Park Champions Course came to a close on Sunday. The Seminoles displayed marked improvement throughout the tournament as they finished the first round in a tie for 14th place, moved up to 12th place after two rounds and gained five spots on the final day to finish in seventh place.

Wake Forest, which took over the lead in the team standings on day two of the tournament, won the team championship with a two stroke victory over Tennessee. Erica Popson of Tennessee won the individual championship with a one stroke victory over Michelle Shin of Wake Forest.

Florida State moved up five positions in the team standings despite playing in some of the wettest and coldest conditions Seminole head coach Amy Bond has ever competed in during a golf match. The temperature never got above 38 degrees during the round.

“The conditions were some of the toughest I have ever coached or played in,” said Bond. “The conditions were very wet with high winds and a high of 38 degrees. ”

Both Thomson (Perth, Australia) and Salinas (Lima, Peru) earned top 20 finishes despite finishing with final round scores of 76 and 78 respectively. The pair combined for nearly as many double bogeys (four) as they did birdies (five) but played strong golf in the adverse weather conditions.

Thomson played her best golf on her first nine holes (the actual back nine) as she was just one over par as she made the turn. She totaled five holes at par or better with three birdies. Thomson then finished with six holes at par or better with one birdie and was a total of one stroke over par after 16 holes.

Salinas finished the day with 14 holes at par or better with one birdie. She was a total of two strokes over par after 13 holes and closed the day with a score of 78. Salinas carded six birdies over the 54 holes she played during the event.

Senior Macarena Silva (Santiago, Chile) played the best round of golf in the third round for the Seminoles as she finished with a team leading score of 74. It was her best round of the tournament after carding scores of 80 and 79 in the first two rounds. Silva finished in 37th place in the individual standings.

“The women did a great job of hanging in and battling throughout the round,” said Bond. “To shoot 314 and move up five spots tells you how tough it really was. I am really proud of their fight. This was a big tournament for us because we competed against – and beat – teams that we needed to beat as the madness of college golf in the month of April is about to begin. We showed ourselves that we can compete with anyone.”

Florida State gets right back at its spring schedule during the upcoming weekend as it travels to the University of Georgia to play in the prestigious Liz Murphey Collegiate Invitational April 1-3.

Bryan National Collegiate/Par 72/Final Florida State Results
Bryan Park Champions' Course/Browns Summit, N.C./March 25-27, 2011
7/17.   Florida State     308   303   314   925
T16.    Hannah Thomson    77    73    76    226
T18.    Maria Salinas     75    74    78    227
37.     Macarena Silva    80    79    74    233
T56.    Jessica Negron    76    77    86    235
T84.    Mary Beth Ramsay  80    85    90    255

Bryan National Collegiate/Par 72/Final Team Results
Bryan Park Champions Course/Browns Summit, N.C./March 25-27, 2011
1.   Wake Forest      895   T9.   Louisville         929
2.   Tennessee        897   11.   Michigan State     930
3.   North Carolina   909   12.   Washington         937
4.   Virginia         910   13.   Northwestern       941
5.   Duke             911   14.   UNC Greensboro     943
6.   Vanderbilt       913   15.   NC State           954
7.   Florida State    925   16.   UNC Wilmington     964
8.   Ohio State       926   17.   Charleston         976
T9.  South Carolina   929

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