March 18, 2012
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (seminoles.com) - Florida State senior Maria Salinas won her first collegiate individual title and the Seminole women's golf team finished in third place at the power-packed Lady Gator Invitational on the Mark Bostick Golf Course at the University of Florida. Salinas shot a personal best and tournament record 66 in the third and final round to claim the individual title.
No. 23 Florida rallied to win its home tournament as they claimed the team championship with a one stroke lead over No. 2 Alabama and an eight stroke win over Florida State. The Gators carded the best team scores of the second and third rounds to win the team title after finishing the first round in a tie for sixth place. Salinas win the individual championship with a two stroke win over Camilla Hedberg of Florida.
Florida State, ranked No. 34 nationally, finished ahead of four teams in the top 15 of the national rankings: No. 4 Auburn (tied for sixth), No. 10 Georgia (fourth), No. 11 Duke (fifth) and No. 14 Baylor (ninth) in putting together its most complete tournament of the year.
"This was a good, solid tournament for us and I am really proud of the girls," said head coach Amy Bond. "We are really close to putting it all together and today certainly showed how hard we are working in practice. We played well and were under par on the toughest holes on the course.
Salinas (Lima, Peru) played the best round of her career as she set the tournament record with a four under par 66. She carded six birdies and was at or below par on 16 of her 18 holes during the round. Salinas birdied her second hole to move under par and never rose above par during the remainder of the round. She recorded five birdies over a string of seven holes to move to four under par with five holes remaining to be played. Salinas closed out her round with a strong of five consecutive birdies to finish with her career best score of 66.
"I am really proud of my teammates for finishing so in this event," said Salinas. We are getting better each week. I am really happy to win the individual championship because the better we all do as individuals the better we all do as a team - and that's the goal for all of us."
Freshman Laure Castelain (Bordeaux, France) finished in a tie for 12th place in the individual standings with a 215 total for the 54 hole event. She finished with three consecutive scores of 75 or better (71-72-75).
"This is the kind of tournament and the type of result we needed as a team. We now have to utilize our performance as a momentum builder for the rest of the season," said Bond.
Florida State continues their regular season at the Liz Murphey Classic at the University of Georgia March 30-April 1 in Athens, Ga.
Lady Gator Invitational/Par 70/Final Florida State Results Mark Bostick Golf Club at the University of Florida/March 16-18, 2012 3/17. Florida State 290 293 289 872 1. Maria Salinas 68 72 66 206 T12. Laure Castelain 71 72 75 215 T28. Malin Jansson 74 76 73 223 46. Jessica Negron 79 73 75 227 T48. Alex Milan 77 76 76 229
<Lady Gator Invitational/Par 70/Final Team Results Mark Bostick Golf Club at the University of Florida/March 16-18, 2012 1. Florida 864 10. Ole Miss 891 2. Alabama 865 11. Kentucky 890 3. Florida State 872 12. UCF 906 4. Georgia 877 13. Wisconsin 912 5. Duke 882 14. Kent State 918 T6. USF 885 15. UT Chattanooga 923 T6. Auburn 885 16. Mississippi State 926 T6. Arkansas 885 17. Georgia State 929 9. Baylor 880