March 15, 2013
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (seminoles.com) - Florida State University senior Jessica Negron shot an even par 70 and is in a tie for seventh place in the individual standings and the Seminole women's golf team is in seventh place in the team standings after the first of three rounds of the Lady Gator Invitational at the Mark Bostick Golf Course at the University of Florida. Negron is just two strokes behind the individual leader while the Seminoles are only nine strokes behind Oklahoma in the race for the team championship.
Oklahoma, the No. 4 ranked team in the latest national poll by GolfStat, leads the team standings with a 3 under par team total of 285. The Sooners lead No. 3 ranked Alabama by one stroke and are four strokes ahead of No. 5 Florida. The Seminoles are finished with a 6 over par score of 294 and are only one stroke out of fifth place. Stephanie Meadlow of Alabama and Portland Rosen of Virginia share the individual lead with identical scores of 2 under par 68.
Negron (Ocala, Fla,) was very consistent throughout the first round with one birdie, one bogey and 16 holes at par. She was even par on her first four holes, bogeyed her fifth hole and moved back to par with a birdie on the par three hole No. 8. It marked the second time in the last three rounds that Negron has carded a 70 and the third time in the last four rounds that she has carded a score of even par or better.
"I hit the ball really well today and hit a lot of greens," said Negron. "When I can do that I can be successful and I was today. I am really looking forward to playing the next two rounds."
Senior Malin Jansson (Nykvarn, Sweden) played her best round of the spring season as she carded a 1 over par score of 71. It marked her first round below scored below a 74 in two events this spring. Jansson came within two shots of tying her career best score for a single round - a 69 which came in the first round of the Great Smokies Intercollegiate during the fall of 2009.
Jansson will begin the second round in a tie for 10th place in the individual standings and is only three strokes out of the individual lead.
The Seminoles are in second place among the four ACC teams in the event - four strokes behind Miami (fourth place) and ahead of both No. 15 Virginia (9th, 297) and No. 6 North Carolina (10th, 301). The Seminoles are also ahead of No. 18 Baylor (8th, 296). The event has seven teams that are ranked in the nation's top 25 playing in the field.
"We ran the gamut of emotions today," said head coach Amy Bond. "We have to be more consistent and we have to finish better, but, we did some really good things today. One of the things we need to do is get into a better rhythm; I think we can do that tomorrow as we begin on hole No. 1 after starting on No. 10 today. The finishing holes on the back are much easier for our style and that should benefit us in the second round."
The Seminoles, who have won this event twice it history, are paired with Baylor and Virginia in the second round of the tournament.
Lady Gator Invitational/March 15-17, 2013/Par 70 Mark Bostick Golf Course/University of Florida/First Round FSU Results 7/15. Florida State 294 T7. Jessica Negron 70 T10. Malin Jansson 71 T39. Olivia Hullert 76 T48. Laure Castelain 77 T62. Mary Beth Ramsay 79Lady Gator Invitational/March 15-17, 2013/Par 70 Mark Bostick Golf Course/University of Florida/First Round Team Results 1. Oklahoma 285 9. Virginia 297 2. Alabama 286 10. North Carolina 301 3. Florida 289 11. Chattanooga 302 4. Miami 290 12. Florida International 303 T5. Oklahoma State 293 13. Kent State 305 T5. Mississippi State 293 14. South Florida 309 7. Florida State 294 15. San Diego State 312 8. Baylor 296