Aug. 21, 2011
COLUMBIA, South America (seminoles.com) - Florida State's Maria Salinas, a rising senior member of the nationally ranked Seminoles' women's golf team, finished in second place at the South America Women's Amateur Golf Championship, as play in the four round event concluded Saturday. Salinas lost the championship by one stroke to Manuela Carbajo after spending the first three rounds in first place by herself or tied with Carbajo.
Salinas finished with scores of 71-72-78-73 for a 72 hole total of 294. Carbajo finished just one stroke better with scores of 72-75-74-72 and a total of 293. The event came down to the final hole Carbajo beat Salinas by one stroke as the pair teed off in the final hole tied for the lead.
Salinas enjoyed her best single round score as she carded a 71 in the first round. She also finished with scores of 72 in the second round and 73 in the final round.
Salinas 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 and is considered to be one of the top returning senior players in all of collegiate. She also earned All-ACC honors for the first time in her career as a junior in 2011 and will compete for national as well as conference honors as one of the Seminoles' leaders throughout her senior season.
Joaquin Lolas, a member of the Seminole men's golf team, finished in 12th place in the individual standings for the men at the same event. He played very well in the first two days of the event with scores of 70 and 72 and finished with a 72 hole total of 291. Lolas finished only eight strokes off the pace set by Franco Romero who won the event with a score of 283.
Lolas helped lead Florida State to the NCAA Tournament for the sixth consecutive season and for the first time in his career as the Seminoles finished in a tie for eighth place at the NCAA Indiana Regional Championship in 2011. He was Florida State's third leading golfer with a 73.67 stroke average and ranked third on the team in rounds scored a par or better (six) and rounds scored at 75 or better as he enjoyed his best season as a Seminole. Lolas earned his way into Florida State's starting line-up in six of eight events and played in one more as an individual participant to play in seven of the Seminoles' 12 in 2011.
The Seminole women open their fall 2011 season at the Mo Moral Classic at Texas A&M (Sept 11-13) while the Seminole men begin play at the Olympia Fields Invitational (Sept. 16-18).