April 2, 2010
GREENSBORO, N.C. –
Florida State University junior Macarena Silva earned six birdies on her way to a three-under par score of 69 and is in a tie for second place in the individual standings and the No. 25 Seminole women’s golf team is in a tie for second place in the team standings after the first round of the Bryan National Collegiate on the Players Course at the Bryan Park Golf and Enrichment Center.
Silva and her Seminole teammates counted all four of their scores at 75 or better for a 291 team total. The Seminoles are only four strokes behind Tennessee for the team lead. They are tied with Wake Forest and Vanderbilt in the team standings and are two strokes ahead of No. 4 ranked Duke in team standings. Florida State’s team score of 291 in the first round of the event marks the fourth consecutive round the Seminoles have carded a team score of 291 or better. In winning the Pinehurst Challenge by 33 strokes, the Seminoles finished with all three of their scores at 290 or better and with a team total of one under par 863.
“All of the girls played really well and I am so happy for all of them because they have all been working very hard,” said interim coach Kate Golden. “We want them to keep their foot on the pedal because they are four strokes out. Macarena was very steady today and made very few mistakes. She hit is close a few times and chipped in at least twice. She has been working really hard on her short game and it’s good to see her hard work paying off.”
The tournament is one of the top events in women’s collegiate golf this spring with eight of the top 25 teams in this week’s GolfWeek Magazine poll competing for the team championship. After the first round the No. 25 ranked Seminoles are tied with No. 15 Wake Forest and No. 22 Vanderbilt and are ahead of No. 4 Duke (sixth place), No. 17 Virginia (11th), No. 20 Louisiana State (tied for 12th) and No. 21 Ohio State (tied for fifth).
Tennessee, with four players in the top 20 of the individual standings, has the team lead with a team score of one-under par 287. Michelle Shin of Wake Forest, who birded four her 18 holes in the first round, is the individual leader with a four under par score of 68. She has a one stroke lead over two players including Florida State’s Silva heading into the second round.
In earning six birdies and finishing with a three-under par score of 69 during the first round, Silva (Santiago, Chile) was never above par at any time during the first round. She birdied her first hole and was at even par twice during her first nine holes. Silva birdied four of her final 10 holes of the afternoon to move to three under par.
“I felt very confident with my short game today,” said Silva. “That confidence helped me finish strong. The weather was outstanding and the course is in great shape and those two things only helped me enjoy the day even more.”
Senior Lacey Agnew (Jonesboro, Ga.) continued to play well in her final season as a Seminole and is in a tie for 10th place after carding an even par score of 72. She is only four strokes out of the lead after the first 18 holes of play. Agnew played very consistently throughout the round with 15 holes at par or better with three birdies. She was never more than one stroke over par and finished the round at one under par of her final eight holes of the afternoon.
Agnew, who earned medalist honors at last week’s Pinehurst Challenge, is one stoke from moving into the top 10 and only four strokes out of first place. She has earned a career-high four top-10 finishes so far this year.
Sophomores Maris Salinas (Lima, Peru) and Hannah Thomson (Perth, Australia) carded identical scores of 75 are will begin play in Saturday’s second round in a group of 11 players who are all in a tie for 29th place. Salinas was par or better on 14 of her 18 holes and Thomson was par or better on 13 of her 18 holes with three birdies during the round. Neither Salinas nor Thomas was ever more than three strokes over par during the round.
The second round of play begins Saturday at 8:20 with Sunday’s third and final round (a shotgun start) set to begin at 8:30. The Seminoles have won two events this year – the Kentucky Invitational and the Pinehurst Challenge and finished in second place in two more events – the Cougar Fall Classic and the Eat A Peach Collegiate.
Bryan National Collegiate/Par 72/First Round Florida State Results Players Course/Bryan Park Golf And Enrichment Center/Greensboro, N.C. T2/18. Florida State 291 T2. Macarena Silva 69 T10. Lacey Agnew 72 T29. Maria Salinas 75 T29. Hannah Thomson 75 T39. Jessica Negron 76
Bryan National Collegiate/Par 72/First Round Team Results
Players Course/Bryan Park Golf And Enrichment Center/Greensboro, N.C.
1. Tennessee 287 10. Auburn 303
T2. Florida State 291 11. Virginia 304
T2. Wake Forest 291 T12. LSU 306
T2. Vanderbilt 291 T12. Arkansas 306
5. Ohio State 292 T12. UNC Greensboro 306
6. Duke 293 15. Louisville 308
7. South Carolina 294 16. Northwestern 309
8. North Carolina 301 17. NC State 316
9. College of Charleston 302 18. UNC Wilmington 317