April 26, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
With a No. 22 ranking by Golfweek Magazine and three team victories this year, the Florida State women’s golf team was selected to make its fifth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and will travel to the Otter Creek Golf Course in Columbus, Ind., to participate in the NCAA Central Regional Championship May 6-8. It marks the fifth consecutive year, ninth in the last 10 seasons and 17th time in the last 20 seasons that the Seminoles will play in the NCAA Tournament.
A total of 72 teams and nine individuals will compete at three regionals for the right to advance to the national championship at the Country Club of Landfall at the University of Wilmington in North Carolina May 18-21. The national championship will feature 24 teams and six individuals. The top eight teams in each regional and the top two individuals not on the qualifying teams will compete in the championship finals.
Florida State is one of five teams in the nation that has won three tournament championships this season as it earned victories at the Bettie Lou Evans / University of Kentucky Invitational, the Pinehurst Challenge and the Bryan National Collegiate while finishing in fourth place in the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship. The Seminoles are joined by only No. 5 Southern California, No. 10 Michigan State, No. 11 Pepperdine and No. 25 Texas A&M as the only Division I teams with three wins this season.
The Seminoles are ranked No. 22 in this week’s national rankings by GolfWeek and No. 23 by GolfStat. The Seminoles were ranked as high as No. 8 nationally with one win and two second place finishes during the fall season and were ranked as high as No. 10 nationally during the spring season with wins at the Pinehurst Challenge and the Bryan National Collegiate.
“Being selected to play in the NCAA Tournament is a great accomplishment for this group of girls,” said interim coach Kate Golden. “For them to perform as well as they did under such adverse conditions is truly remarkable. They have all worked hard and deserve to be in the position they have put themselves in and playing for a national championship at this time of the year.”
Florida State is led by senior co-captain Lacey Agnew (Jonesboro, Ga.) who will play in her second consecutive regional championship. She earned her first career individual win earlier this season at the Pinehurst Challenge and enters the regional averaging a career-low 74.29 strokes in a career-high 28 rounds played this year. Agnew shot her career low single round score of 65 in the third round of the fall season opening Cougar Classic.
“I am really happy for and proud of my teammates,” said Agnew. “We have really been a team this year; all of the players on our team have made positive impacts on each of our teammates. We have earned the honor of playing in regionals and hopefully advancing onto nationals because we believed in each other every day – not just the days we were competing.”
Agnew is joined in the line-up by junior Macarena Silva (Santiago, Chile), sophomores Maria Salinas (Lima, Peru) and Hanna Thomson (Perth, Australia) and freshman Jessica Negron (Ocala, Fla.). The quintet of Seminoles that will play in the NCAA Tournament has played together in five of the Seminoles’ six spring events and in two of their three team wins this season.
Silva, a nominee for ACC Player of the Year honors, leads the Seminoles with a career low 73.14 stroke average. She finished in a tie for first in the University of Kentucky Invitational for her first career victory and has a career-high six top five finishes this year.
Silva will play in her third NCAA regional championship at the Ironwood Country Club next week and is the most experienced Seminole in terms of NCAA play.
Florida State finished in 15th place in the 2009 NCAA East Regional Championship at the Mark Bostick Golf Course at the University of Florida.
The Seminoles finished eighth in the NCAA regional and tied for 19th at the NCAA Championship in 2003 and finished fourth in the NCAA Regional and 19th in the NCAA Championship in 2004. In 2006 the Seminoles also finished in fourth place at the NCAA Regional and tied for 16th at the NCAA Championship and in 2007 the Seminoles finished in a tie for 11th in the NCAA East Regional. The Seminoles finished in a tie for eighth place at the 2008 Central regional and were defeated by LSU in a playoff in their bid to advance to the NCAA championship finals.
NCAA Central Regional Teams: Arizona State, Southern California, Purdue (Big Ten Conference champion), Michigan State, Georgia, Denver (Sun Belt Conference champion), New Mexico (Mountain West Conference champion), Florida State, Oklahoma State, Louisville (Big East Conference champion), Oregon, Kent State (Mid-American Conference champion), Northwestern, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, San Diego State, Baylor, Tulsa, NC State, Indiana, Illinois State, (Missouri Valley Conference champion), Murray State (Ohio Valley Conference champion), Detroit (Horizon League champion), Jackson State (Southwestern Athletic Conference champion)