June 15, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The golf programs at Florida State are well represented on the first ever All-Atlantic Coast Conference Academic golf teams with four members of the women’s team and one member of the men’s earning the prestigious academic honor from the ACC – the nation’s top conference. The Seminoles’ five academic selections on the men’s and women’s teams tied for the conference lead with Boston College (four men and one woman).
To be eligible for consideration, a student-athlete must have earned a 3.0 grade point average or better for the spring semester and maintained a cumulative 3.0 average during his or her academic career.
The five selections to the All-ACC Academic golf teams put an exclamation point on the outstanding seasons enjoyed by both the Seminoles’ men’s and women’s teams. The women finished in fourth in the NCAA East Regional Championship and 16th in the NCAA Championship (their third top-20 finish in the last four years) while the men finished 14th in the NCAA East Regional Championship as they made their first NCAA appearance since 1998.
The four Seminole females – senior Caroline Larsson (Danderyd, Sweden), junior Jaclyn Burch (Wildwood, Mo.), sophomore Whitney Brummett (Eureka, Mo.) and freshman Caroline Westrup (Ahus, Sweden) – helped the team earn a cumulative grade point average of 3.254 during the 2006 spring semester. Larsson, Burch and Brummett were all recently named to the All-America Scholar Athlete Team by the National Golf Coaches Association. Westrup, who earned a 4.0 grade point average during the spring semester, was not eligible as a first semester freshman to earn the academic award from the NGCA.
Florida State finished 16th in the team standings at the NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship to end the season ranked in the nation’s top 16 for the first time since 1999 and only the third time in school history. Westrup earned All-America First-Team honors and All-ACC honors for her performance on the course – the first player in school history to earn the awards as a freshman.
The lone Seminole male honored was sophomore Jonas Blixt (Hammaro, Sweden) who led Florida State to five top-10 team finishes during the spring season. Individually, he led the team in stroke average (73.19) and earned two top-10 finishes during the season. He was named to the 2005 and 2006 ACC honor roll and has been named to the Dean’s List once during his first two years as a student at Florida State.
Seminole Selections To The All-ACC Academic Golf Teams Player Year Major Whitney Brummett So. Political Science (business minor) Jaclyn Burch Jr. Sport Management Caroline Larsson Sr. Psychology (communication minor) Caroline Westrup Fr. General Studies Jonas Blixt So. Multi-National Business