April 30, 2007
TALLAHASSE, Fla. –
The Florida State University women’s golf has been selected to participate in the NCAA East Regional Championship May 10-12 at the Louisiana State University Club in Baton Rouge, La. The Seminoles’ selection marks the sixth time in the last seven seasons and 14th time in the last 17 seasons they have been selected to participate in the regional championships which are conducted to determine the top 24 teams in the nation who will then compete at the NCAA Championship tournament at the LPGA International Course in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Florida State has earned top-20 national finishes in three of the last four seasons and finished tied for 16th at the NCAA Championship tournament in 2006. The Seminoles have played in all but three regional championships since the NCAA adopted the regional qualifying format in 1991. Debbie Dillman, in her 23rd season as the Seminoles’ Head Coach, has led Florida State to 14 regional appearances and eight championship tournament appearances.
Florida State is ranked 25th in the latest Golf World / National Golf Coaches’ Association rankings. The Seminoles have earned two tournament championships this year – at the College of Charleston Cougar Challenge during the fall season and at the Florida State hosted Chrysler Challenge during the spring season — and finished third at the ACC Championship. The Seminoles’ third place finish at the ACC Championship is tied for the second best team finish in school history and marks the fourth time the Seminoles have finished third or higher in the event.
“We are delighted that we have been selected to play in this year’s NCAA East Regional Championship,” said Dillman. “Our players have worked hard to prepare themselves for the postseason and we are happy to have achieved one of our goals which is to play in the regionals. We have played on a number of different types of courses this year and feel we are prepared to play well at LSU. It’s an exciting time of the year and we are happy to be part of the NCAA Championship again this season.”
The Seminoles are led by All-American Caroline Westrup – the nation’s No. 3 ranked player. She has earned a career-best 72.48 stroke average in nine events and has earned two individual tournament championships with wins coming at the Lady Tar Heel Invitational in the fall and at the Chrysler Challenge. Westrup (Ahus, Sweden) has earned top five individual finishes in six of eight events and has earned an ACC high tying eight top 20 finishes. She earned individual medalist honors and was crowned the world champion at the Women’s World Amateur Championship in October.
Also in the Seminoles’ lineup are senior Kayla Shaul (Cumming, Ga.), juniors Whitney Brummett (Eureka, Mo.) and Whitney Wright (Rockingham, N.C.) and sophomore Lauren Cousart (Athens, Ga.). The Seminoles’ lineup is postseason tested with three of the five players preparing to play in their second consecutive regional championship. The Seminoles finished fourth at the NCAA East Regional last season.
Shaul, the lone senior in the Seminoles’ starting lineup, finished in a tie for 10th place at the Chrysler Challenge during in February and in a tie for 30th place at the recently completed ACC Championship. She played well in the 2005 NCAA East Regional with scores of 75 in the first and second rounds to help Florida State earn a bid to the championship finals.
Brummett and Wright, two experienced juniors, are playing their best golf as the team prepares for regional play. Brummett has earned three top-20 finishes this year while Wright has earned two and finished in a tie for fourth in the individual standings at the Chrysler Challenge. Brummett finished in a tied for 35th at the 2006 NCAA East Regional while Wright will play in her first career regional at LSU. Cousart, who finished in a tied for 15th place at the 2007 ACC Championship, is also making her first NCAA regional appearance.
The Seminoles finished eighth in the NCAA Regional and tied for 19th at the NCAA Championship in 2003. In 2004, Florida State finished fourth in the NCAA Regional and tied for 19th at the NCAA Championship. In 2006 the Seminoles also finished fourth at the NCAA Regional and tied for 16th at the NCAA Championship.
EAST REGIONAL TEAMS: Duke, UCLA, Auburn, Purdue, Texas A&M, North Carolina, Alabama, Wake Forest, South Carolina, Virginia, Florida State, Louisiana State, Louisville, South Florida, NC State, Birmingham Southern, Furman, College of Charleston, Western Carolina, Jacksonville State, Jackson State.