April 10, 2010
GAINESVILLE, Fla. –
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