Oct. 14, 2012
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (seminoles.com) - Florida State's Jessica Negron finished with an even par score of 216 and in a tie for seventh place in the individual standings, and the Seminole women's golf team finished in eighth place in the team standings as play in the 16th Annual Mercedes Benz Collegiate Championship at the Holston Hills Country Club came to a close. Negron and freshman Olivia Hullert carded 1 under par scores of 71 in the final round to pull the Seminoles into an eighth place finish - their second top 10 team finish of the fall season.
Penn State won the team championship with a five stroke victory over Tennessee - the host school for the event. The Lady Lions took the lead mid-way through the first round and stayed at the top of the team leaderboard for the remainder of the event to take the championship. Paula Reto of Purdue shot a 69 in the third round to win the individual championship by one stroke over by Laura Wearn of Furman.
"The girls had a lot of fun today," said head coach Amy Bond. "They all made some putts early and maintained their composure on the back side when the wind started to blow a little bit. I was happy that our lowest team score came in the final round and hope that success carries into our next event."
Negron (Ocala, Fla.) carded a 71 in the final round as she carded four birdies and 11 more holes at par to finish the as the Seminoles' leader. She played brilliantly over her final 16 holes as she closed the event at 2 strokes under par after opening with a par and a bogey on her first two holes. Negron birded her third hole to take her score down to par and moved to 2 under par with birdies on her seventh and eighth holes. She was under par for the final 11 holes of the round and was as many as two strokes under par during play on both her front and back nine portions of the course.
The eighth place finish was Negron's seventh top 10 finish of her career and marked her best finish since placing in a tie for seventh at the Spring 2012 ACC Championship. She has now finished in the top eight of the individual standings in three of her last five events dating back to the Spring of 2012.
"I worked all weekend to stay relaxed and tried not to get ahead of myself," said Negron. "I am happy with my play this weekend in earning a top 10 finish and an even par score."
"I am very happy for Jessica," said Bond. "That's back to back 71's in a final round, her first top 10 finish of the season and hopefully the start of something really good for a senior who means a lot to this program. She has work hard to carry this success thorough to the Landfall Tradition and into the spring and I know that what one of her goals is for the remainder of the year."
Hullert (Baerum, Norway) carded her career best 1 under par 71 in the final round and finished in a tie for 27th place with a three-round total of 222. She carded a personal tournament high six birdies and was at or below par on 14 of her 18 holes played during the third round. Hullert was never more than 1 stroke over par and was at even par or below par during her final 14 holes of the afternoon.
Sophomore Carlton Kuhlo (Tallahassee, Fla.) played her best golf of the tournament as she finished the third round with a 1 over par score of 73. She played well on her front nine with two birdies and a 2 under par score at the turn and finished with the best single round score of her career. In addition to carding a career best 73 in the final round, she finished with a career best tournament score of 222.
The Seminoles close their three-match fall season at the Landfall Tradition Oct. 26-28 at the Country Club of Landfall in Wilmington, N.C.
16th Annual Mercedes Benz Collegiate Championship/Oct. 12-14, 2012/Par 72 Holston Hills Country Club/Knoxville, Tenn./Final Florida State Results 8/16. Florida State 294 308 292 894 T7. Jessica Negron 72 73 71 216 T27. Olivia Hullert 74 77 71 222 T47. Laure Castelain 75 77 77 229 T56. Carlton Kuhlo 78 81 73 232 T56. Alex Milan 73 82 77 232
16th Annual Mercedes Benz Collegiate Championship/Oct. 12-14, 2012/Par 72 Holston Hills Country Club/Knoxville, Tenn./Final Team Results 1. Penn State 867 9. Furman 897 2. Tennessee 871 10. Mississippi State 903 T3. Purdue 872 11. East Carolina 914 T3. Northwestern 874 12. Miami 918 5. Texas A&M 876 13. James Madison 920 6. Texas San Antonio 880 14. Chattanooga 922 7. Iowa State 886 15. Memphis 943 8. Florida State 894 16. Eastern Kentucky 972