March 23, 2013
BATON ROUGE, La. (seminoles.com) - Jessica Negron is in a tie for fifth place in the individual standings and the Seminole women's golf team is in a tie for seventh place in the team standings with one round to play in the LSU Tiger Classic at the University Club. Negron carded a 1 over par score of 73 in the second round, has a two-round total of 145 and begins play in Sunday's third and final round only one stroke behind a quartet of players who all share the individual lead with 36-hole totals of 144.
Negron is looking to earn the first individual title of her four-year Seminole career - she has earned her best career finish of tied for third place three times during her career most recently at the inaugural Florida State Match-Up Tournament in March of 2013.
No. 8 ranked Arkansas continues to lead the team standings and has opened a 10 stroke lead over Tulane and the host school, LSU. The Razorbacks led the field of 14 by five strokes after the first round and increased their lead to 10 strokes in the second round. The individual leader board is crowded with four players currently claiming a share of the top spot: Lindsay Gamm of LSU, Erica Popson of Tennessee, Ericka Schneider of Ole Miss and Emily Tubert of Arkansas. Those four players are tied with identical two rounds scores of 144. Those four players are the only players in the 79-player field who are at or below par.
Negron (Ocala, Fla.) carded a 1 over par 73 in the second round with 15 holes at par or better including two birdies. She birdied her first hole of the day to move under par and was never more than two strokes over par during the round. Negron birdied the 15th hole and finished her round at 1 under par over the final six holes of her round.
"My goal for tomorrow, as it is for every round I play, is to keep with the game plan our coaches have set out for our entire team: to hit the middle of the greens and to sink more putts," said Negron following the completion of the second round. "I'm not going to think about winning, I am going to concentrate on getting better and helping our team move up in the team standings."
In the first 36 holes Negron has played in this event, she has carded 29 holes at par or better with four birdies. She has never been more than two strokes over par at any one time and has been at par or better following 24 of her 26 holes played in the last two days. Negron was above par for only two of the 18 holes she played in the second round.
Seminole freshman Olivia Hullert (Baerum, Norway) carded a 76 in the second round and is in a tie for 16th place in the individual standings with a two round total of 149. Hullert aided her cause as she carded an eagle 3 on the par 5 hole No. 17 in the second round. She has carded 29 of 36 holes at par or better with two birdies and one eagle in the first two rounds of the tournament.
Hullert will begin play on Sunday looking to earn her third top 20 finish in four events this spring. She finished in a career best tied for fifth place in the individual standings at the Florida Challenge in January and in a tie for 14th place in the Florida State hosted Florida State Match-Up in February.
Sophomore Laure Castelain (Bordeaux, France) is in a tie for 24th place in the individual standings with a two round total of 152. She has carded scores of 72 and 79 in the first two rounds of the event. Castelain has a tea-leading five birdies through the first two rounds of the event.
Florida State will play for its fourth consecutive top seven team finish as it commences play in the third round on Sunday morning. The Seminoles entered the event ranked 43rd nationally by Golfstat and are currently tied with No. 18 Georgia and are seven strokes ahead of No. 36 Kentucky.
"I am happy with the way we are hitting the ball off the tee and am happy that we are staying in the middle of the fairways and the greens," said Head Coach Amy Bond. "We have to make more putts; not only tomorrow but in every round we play from here on out. That is going to continue to be an area of concentration for all of our players - being more consistent once we reach the greens and making more putts. We need to have five good rounds tomorrow because we have the opportunity to move up in the team standings. Our goal tomorrow is to play more aggressively and execute better on the greens."
The third and final round of the event, a shotgun start for the second consecutive day, will begin at 9:30 a.m. (EST) and will see Florida State paired with Georgia and Kentucky.
LSU Tiger Golf Classic/March 22-24, 2013/Par 72 University Club/Baton Rouge. La./Second Round FSU Results T7/14. Florida State 301 307 608 T5. Jessica Negron 72 73 145 T16. Olivia Hullert 73 76 149 T24. Laure Castelain 73 79 152 T58. Mary Beth Ramsay 83 79 162 63. Malin Jansson 84 80 164
LSU Tiger Golf Classic/March 22-24, 2013/Par 72 University Club/Baton Rouge. La./Second Round Team Results 1. Arkansas 590 8. Georgia 608 T2. Tulane 600 9. Kentucky 615 T2. LSU 600 10. Ole Miss 618 4. Tennessee 602 11. Wake Forest 618 5. NC State 603 12. Missouri 624 6. TCU 604 13. Louisiana Monroe 642 7. Florida State 608 14. UNC Wilmington 664