April 10, 2010 - by
Women’s Golf In First

April 10, 2010

In a bid to win its school record third consecutive tournament, the No. 10 Florida State women’s golf team is in first place after two rounds of the Lady Gator Invitational at the Mark Bostick Golf Course at the University of Florida. The Seminoles are three strokes ahead of Michigan State and 10 strokes ahead of Florida entering Sunday’s final round of 18 holes. Florida State won the team championships at the Pinehurst Invitational (March 1-2) and the Bryan National Collegiate (April 10-11) in their last two outings and is looking to do something no other Seminole women’s golf team has ever done – win three consecutive events.

The Seminoles are led in the individual standings by freshman Jessica Negron who is in a tie for second place with a two round total of two over par 142 and junior Macarena Silva who is in a tie for fourth place with a 36-hole total of 143. Florida State is the only team in the tournament with two golfers in the top five and four in the top 12 of the individual standings. In addition to Negron and Silva, senior Lacey Agnew and sophomore Maria Salinas are in a tie for 12th place with identical scores of 146.

“We got off to a rough start but the girls stayed patient and stuck to their game plans,” said interim coach Kate Golden. “The conditions were tough; the wind was up and the greens were firm. But, once again, the girls played really well and had each others’ backs. Working hard and playing with focus is one of the many things this team has done so well.”

Negron (Ocala, Fla.) began the day with a one under par 69 and followed that with a three over par 73 on the par 70 course. She played very consistently in the first round and closed with two birdies on her final six holes to move to one under par for the round. At one point she carded 12 holes at par or better with three birdies. Negron was one under par on her first 12 holes of the second round and finished with a three over par 73.

“I was feeling really confident with my game,” said Negron. “The team had a great second round and that is why we are in the position we are in entering the last round.”

Silva (Santiago, Chile) carded a one under par 69 in the second round to finish the afternoon with a three over par score of 143. She is only two strokes behind the overall lead of Laura Kueny of Michigan State who finished the day with a two round total of 141. In finishing with her 69 in the second round she recorded two birdies, 15 holes at par and only one bogey. At no point during the second round was she ever over par.

Agnew (Jonesboro, Ga.) shot the best score of the day – a 68 in the second round – for the Seminoles. She scored four birdies, was as many as three strokes under par and nearly shot the best score of the day among the 80 golfers in the field. Had it not been for a bogey on her final hole of the round, she would have found herself higher in the individual standings.

Salinas (Lima, Peru) contributed an even par 70 to the team score in the second round and is tied with Agnew in the individual standings heading in the final round. She finished the second round at one under oar over her final 11 holes to help the Seminoles finish the round with an even par score of 280.

Florida State counted scores of 68, 69, 70 and 73 in the second round to finish the round with the best team score of the first two rounds of the event.

Sunday’s final round begins at 8 a.m. and is a shotgun start. The Seminoles will play with both Michigan State and Florida.

Lady Gator Invitational/Par 70/Second Round Florida State Results
Mark Bostick Golf Course/Gainesville, Fla./April 9-10, 2010
1/15.   Florida State     297    280    577
T2.     Jessica Negron    69     73     142
4.      Macarena Silva    74     69     143
T12.    Lacey Agnew       78     68     146
T12.    Maria Salinas     76     70     146
T40.    Hannah Thomson    78     76     154

Lady Gator Invitational/Par 70/Second Round Team Results
Mark Bostick Golf Course/Gainesville, Fla./April 9-10, 2010
1.   Florida State    577   9.   UNC Greensboro       609
2.   Michigan State   580   10.  South Florida        611
3.   Florida          587   11.  Georgia State        611
4.   Chattanooga      592   12.  Furman               613
5.   Notre Dame       595   13.  FIU                  619
6.   Nebraska         599   14.  Georgetown           622
7.   UCF              603   15.  Florida Atlantic     642
8.   Texas A&M        604

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