Seminoles playing in NCAA West Regional Championship for first time.
Senior is recognized on all-conference team in nestion's best conference.
Senior closes career with 2 under par 70 in final collegiate round.
Senior cards 79 in third round of national championship.
Senior shoots second consecutive score of 80.
On Salinas: A two-time All-America Honorable Mention, two-time NCAA Regional All-American and a two-time All-ACC performer (in 2011 and 2012) during her three-year Florida State career...All-American by the National Golf Coaches' Association in 2012 and by GolfWeek in 2011...Florida State's team captain as a senior who finished her collegiate career as the No. 16 ranked amateur player in the world...played in two NCAA Championship Finals, three NCAA Regional Championships and three ACC Championships in her three-year varsity letter winning career as a Seminole...the No. 26 overall ranked collegiate golfer and the No. 2 ranked golfer in the ACC according to GolfStat at the end of her senior season...her career best single round score of 66 in the third round of the Lady Gator Invitational is tied as the ninth best single round score of the year by any collegiate women's golfer...earned All-American Honorable Mention honors from GolfWeek Magazine and East Regional All-American honors as voted on by the National Golf Coaches' Association of American (NGCA) in 2011...earned All-American Honorable Mention honors from the NGCA and All-Central Regional All-American honors as voted on by the NGCA in 2012...a three-time all-conference selection - twice in the ACC (2011 and 2012) and once in the Southern Conference (2009)...also named to the All-Southern Conference and All-Southern Conference Freshmen teams in 2009...two top five individual finishes in four conference tournament appearances - tied for second in the ACC Championships in 2012, tied for third in the Southern Conference Championships in 2009, tied for 10th in the ACC Championships in 2010 and tied for 17th in the ACC Championships in 2011...played in four NCAA regional championships and two NCAA Championship finals during her career...also played in four conference championship tournaments - three ACC Championships and one Southern Conference Championship...earned two top six NCAA Regional Championship finishes - tied for first in 2012 and tied for sixth in 2011...finished in a tie for sixth place in the 2011 NCAA East Regional Championship and lost in a playoff to advance to the NCAA Championship finals for the third time in her career...was outstanding with a 217 total for a score of minus one under par to finish tied as the second best individual not on one of the top eight teams that advanced to nationals...played in a team playoff for the right to go with her entire team to the championship finals and immediately had to turn around and play in an individual playoff as she worked to get to the 2011 finals...has played in the Women's Amateur World Championships two times with the most recent time coming in 2010 when she competed once again for her home country of Peru...also competed in the Women's World Championship in 2004...she finished in a tied for 91st place in 2004 and a tie for 76th place in 2010...career low single round score of 66 came in the third round of the Lady Gator Invitational during the spring of 2012...best 36 hole score of 140 (68-72) and best career tournament score of 206 (68-72-76) came at the spring 2012 Lady Gator Invitational...13 career top 10 finishes...helped the Seminoles finish in 10th place at the 2010 NCAA Championship finals...led the Seminoles with a 20th place finish in the individual standings to help Florida State to its first ever top 10 finish in the NCAA Championship finals...has played in two NCAA Championship finals in the first two years of her career - 2010 as a Seminole and 2009 as a member of the team at UT Chattanooga...a transfer student-athlete from Tennessee Chattanooga where she was named the Freshman of the Year in the Southern Conference in 2009... attended the University of Tennessee Chattanooga during the 2008-09 fall and spring seasons...finished third in the Southern Conference championship tournament during the spring of 2009...helped UTC earn a spot in the 2009 NCAA Central Regional and the 2009 NCAA Championship finals and Florida State to a spot in the 2010 NCAA Central Regional championship and the 2010 NCAA Championship finals...the ninth ranked golfer in the Southern Conference in 2008-09 with a 76.29 scoring average and the 11th ranked golfer in the ACC in 2009-10 with a career-best 74.84 scoring average... finished third at the South American Match Play Championship in Brazil and finished second in the Peru Amateur National Championship during the summer of 2009... named to the 2011 and 2012 All-ACC Academic Women's Golf Team and to the 2011 and 2012 ACC Academic Honor Roll...averaged 74.94 strokes in 117 rounds during 39 events during her Florida State career.
Fall 2008: Earned the first two top 10 individual finishes of her career in her first semester as a member of the starting line-up at Tennessee Chattanooga...opened her career with her first career top 10 finish (ninth) at the Chris Banister Classic...first collegiate round of 71 displayed her immense potential for future promise...best tournament of her first collegiate semester came at the Mercedes Benz Championship with her first score at under par and the best three round tournament score of her career with a 217...carded a 70 in the third round of the event which allowed her to move into a tie for 10th place in the final individual standings...averaged 72.33 strokes per round in the event...finished in a tie for 28th place in the individual standings at the prestigious Auburn Tiger Derby Invitational...averaged 74.67 strokes in 12 rounds during four events...
Spring 2009: Earned All-Southern Conference and Southern Conference All-Freshman team honors...shot the Lady Mocs low round of 72 at the NCAA Central Regional in helping Chattanooga clinch a spot in the NCAA Championship Finals...earned a team high five top 10 finishes with three - tied for seventh at the John Kirk/Panther Invitational, a career-best tied for second place finish at the rain shortened Lady Mocs Intercollegiate and a tied for third place finish at the Southern Conference Championship - coming in successive events...was Tennessee Chattanooga's second leading finisher as she helped the Lady Mocs to a 21st place finish at the NCAA Championship finals...two scores of 75 in the first and third rounds helped her finish as the Lady Mocs second best finisher...helped UTC advance to the NCAA Championship finals with a 236 individual score and a tied for 55th place finish at the NCAA Central Regional championship...her individual finish helped the Lady Mocs to an eighth place finish in the team standings and a spot in the NCAA Championship finals...her even par score of 72 in the second round of the event was the only score at par or below by any of the five UTC players and helped them finish at the cutline for advancement into the finals...finished in a tie for third place in the Southern Conference championship to help the Lady Mocs to a second place finish in the team standings at the championship...career best tying score of 145 (73-72) for 36 holes came in the first two rounds of the James Madison/Eagle Landing Invitational...finished in a tied for 13th place in the event with a seven over par 223 score...her seven under par score was tie for her best score vs. par during the fall season...tied for second on the team five rounds at par or better...averaged 77.13 strokes in 23 rounds during a career-high tying eight tournaments...
Fall 2009: Did not play in any events as a member of the team at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga...
Spring 2010: Enjoyed an outstanding season as she competed in eight events in her first season at Florida State...Florida State's top finisher at the NCAA Championship finals with a 20th place finish... was under par with a 70 in the first round (and in a tie for eighth place) and at par with a 72 in the fourth round to earn the first top 20 individual finish in two career NCAA Championship finals appearances...top finish as a Seminole came at the Pinehurst Invitational with a tied for fourth place individual standing in helping the Seminoles to the team championship at the famed Pinehurst No. 6 course at the Pinehurst (N.C.) Golf Club...scores of 74 in the first and second rounds was culminated by a career-low tying 70 in the final round to bring her individual standing to a tie for fourth place...earned her second consecutive top 10 finish at a conference championship with a tied for 10th place finish at the ACC Championship...she also finished in a tie for third place in the individual standings at the 2009 Southern Conference Championship...scores of 72-74-74 allowed her to rank among the top golfers in the event for the entire weekend in her first ACC Championship...was in a tie for eighth place after the first round, tied for 10th after round two and remained in the top 10 with her score of 74 in the final round...was a total of 12 strokes over par in the Seminoles' two team victories at the Pinehurst Challenge and the Bryan National Collegiate...a tie for 18th place finish at the Lady Gator Invitational to help the Seminoles to a second place finish in the team standings in the event...Florida State's leading golfer at the ACC Championship (tied for 10th) and at the NCAA Championship finals (20th) and among the Seminoles top three golfers in six of the Seminoles' eight events of the season...averaged 74.84 strokes in 25 rounds during eight tournaments...
Fall 2010: Competed in two events as a member of the Seminoles' starting line-up and for Peru in the Women's World Amateur Championships in Argentina...enjoyed a strong season in her two collegiate tournaments with six scores at 75 or below, a 73.17 scoring average and was a total of only seven strokes over par in the season opening Cougar Classic and the Lady Tar Heel Invitational...finished in a season's best tied for 11th place in the individual standings with a two over par score of 218 at the Cougar Classic...two scores at par (72-72) in the second and third rounds and was the Seminoles top finisher in the event...worked on moving up after each round in the Cougar Classic as she was in a tie for 27th place after the first round and was in a tie for 14th after the second round...her play in leading the Seminoles helped Florida State to a sixth place finish in the team standings - the Seminoles best finish of the fall season...played well at the Lady Tar Heel Invitational with three scores at 75 or better including an even par 72 in the first round of the event...again led the Seminoles on their team leader board...represented Peru in the Women's World Amateur Championships in Argentina...finished in a tie for 91st place in the individual standings with three scores in the 70's including scores of 78 in the second and fourth rounds...averaged a career low 73.17 strokes in six rounds during two tournaments...
Spring 2011: Earned All-American Honorable Mention Honors from GolfWeek Magazine and East Regional All-American honors as voted on by the National Golf Coaches' Association of American (NGCA) in 2011...earned All-ACC honors for the first time in her career...led the Seminoles into the national rankings and to the cusp of the 2011 NCAA Division I Championship finals as she led the Seminoles in stroke average and rounds scored at 75 or better...Florida State was ranked in the nation's top 30 throughout the spring season and finished the season ranked 28th nationally...the Seminoles finished in a tie for eighth place in the team standings at the NCAA East Regional Championships in Daytona Beach, Fla., and lost a one hole playoff to Vanderbilt to keep them out of their second consecutive NCAA Championship finals appearance...played extremely well and was in contention for the individual championship throughout the event...was in a tie for fifth in the individual standings after the second round and a career best 36 hole total of 143 and finished in a tie for sixth place as she carded a 74 in the second round...one of 10 players in the ACC to finish in first or second place in a tournament this spring...finished in the top 25 of each of her tournaments during the spring season...finished in a tie for sixth place in the individual standings at the NCAA East Regional Championships and also lost her chance to represent the Seminoles as an individual at the NCAA Championship finals...lost her one hole playoff to Caroline Powers of Michigan State...Salinas and Powers finished in a tie for sixth place in the individual standings...her finish at the NCAA East Regional Championship marked the best national finish of her career...tied her career best finish of second at the Lady Puerto Classic...earned season bests for single round score (69 in the third round), tournament score (213) and score vs. par (minus three) in finishing in second place and leading the Seminoles to a third place finish in the team standings at the event...was under par in two of the three rounds in the event with a three under par 69 in the third round and a one under par 71 in the first round...finished in a tie for seventh place at the Lady Gator Invitational in leading the Seminoles to a season's best third place finish in the team standings...earned her second career top 20 finish in the ACC Tournament in leading the Seminoles to a fifth place finish in the team standings in the event...averaged 74.24 strokes in 21 rounds during seven tournaments...
Fall 2011: Played in two tournaments for the Seminoles and a third four Peru in the 2011 South American Amateur Championship...finished in second place at the South American championship - just one stroke from winning the individual championship...lost the championship by one stroke to Manuela Carbajo after spending the first three rounds in first place by herself or tied with Carbajo...the event came down to the final hole...Carbajo beat Salinas by one stroke as the pair teed off on the final hole tied for the lead...helped Florida State finish in fifth place in the team standings at the Mo Morial Tournament at Texas A&M University...also in the starting line-up at the Landfall Tradition to close out the fall season...earned two top 30 finishes including a season best tied for 23rd finish at the Landfall Tradition...best single round score of the season came at the Mo Morial Tournament as she carded a 73 in the third round of the event...averaged 73.50 strokes in four rounds during the South American Amateur...averaged 77.17 strokes in six rounds during two collegiate events...
Spring 2012: Spring 2012: Played as an individual participant in the 2012 NCAA Championship Finals...finished in a tie for 102nd place with scores of 80-80-79-70 for a 309 total in her third career NCAA Championship Finals appearance...finished as the top individual not on an NCAA Championships qualifying team (the Seminoles finished in a tie for 10th place) at the 2012 Regional championship at The Ohio State University...finished in a tie for first place in the individual standings with Lisa McCloskey of USC with a three under par score of 213...earned All-ACC Honors as voted on by the leagues nine head coaches for the second time in her career...one of only four players in school history to earn All-ACC honors multiple times during her career (2011 and 2012)...her performance at the NCAA Central Regional Championship saw her in a tie for second place in the individual standings after a first round 71, still in a tie for second after a second round score of 72 and in a tie for the lead in the final standings as she carded a third round score of 70...carded six birdies over her final 14 holes to move into sole possession of first place for a short while and finished in a tie for first place... earned two individual titles during the spring of 2012 - at the Lady Gator Invitational and the NCAA Central Regional Championship - and was one of five golfers in the ACC to win at least one championship and one of only two ACC golfers (also Lindy Duncan of Duke) with multiple wins during the fall 2011 and spring 2012 seasons...led the Seminoles with rounds scored at par or better with eight and rounds scored at 75 or better with 16...entered the NCAA Championship on a role as she was even par over her final two events with a second place finish at the ACC Championships and a first place finish at the NCAA Central Regional...carded five consecutive rounds at par or better entering the 2012 NCAA Championships with an average score of 70.60...finished two tournaments with sub-par scores - minus four at the Lady Gator Invitational (206) and minus three at the NCAA Central Regional Championship (213) for the second and third under par tournament scores of her career...she finished with a three under par 213 tournament score in finishing in second place in the individual standings at the Spring 2011 Lady Puerto Rico Classic...earned her first career individual championship with a first place finish in the Lady Gator Invitational with a career best four under par score of 206 to become the second consecutive Florida State golfer to win the Lady Gator Invitational...was in a tie for third place in the individual standings after a first round score of 70, in fourth place after two rounds with a 36 hole total of 140 and moved into first and won the championship with a career best single round score of 66 in the third round...her 206 total for the three round event ranks as the best of her career...her career total of 140 for 36 holes also ranks as her career best...carded a 68 in the first round of the event and a 66 in the second round to mark the first time in her career that she had carded multiple scores in the 60's during the same tournament...has earned a single season career best four top 10 finishes -first at the Lady Gator Invitational, tied for first at the NCAA Central Regional, tied for second at the ACC Championships and tied for 10th at the Northrop Grumman Regional Championship to being her career total 13 top 10 finishes...averaged 73.58 strokes in 20 rounds during seven tournaments...
Before Florida State: graduated from Markham College High School in 2008......was the No. 2 ranked player in Peru in 2008... won the Lima Golf Club Championship and the AFP Integra...also a talented soccer player.
Personal: Born Oct. 29, 1989...Maria is the daughter of Aida Valle and Carlos Salinas...has a brother, Sebastian, and a sister, Macarena...also very academically talented, she earned Dean's List honors during the spring of 2009... majoring in international affairs.
Salinas at Tennessee Chattanooga (2008-09), at Florida State (2010-Pr)
Maria Salinas By The Numbers