May 8, 2008
AUSTIN, Tex. –
Florida State senior Whitney Brummett and junior All-American Caroline Westrup shot identical scores of two-under par 70 and are in a tie for fifth place in the individual standings and the Seminoles are in seventh place in the team standings after the first round of the NCAA Division I Central Regional Women’s Golf Championship at the University of Texas Golf Course. Brummett and Westrup are five strokes behind UCLA’s Maria Jose Uribe who blistered the course with a seven-under par 65 over the first 18 holes.
The Seminoles need to finish in the top eight of the team standings to advance to the NCAA Championship round and are one stroke ahead of Texas and two strokes ahead of LSU and NC State for the final spot with two rounds remaining to be played. Florida State is only three strokes out of sixth place behind Texas A&M and only four strokes from fifth place Nebraska.
Uribe was a hot as the temperature during the round as it was played in near 90 degree temperatures with a comfortable breeze blowing throughout the round. She carded five birdies and an eagle and was under par for the final 17 holes of the round after finishing with a par on her first hole of the afternoon. Uribe’s scorching round has the Bruins in first place in the team standings with a two stroke lead over TCU.
“We’ve put ourselves in a good position after the first round of the tournament and we can still play much better,” said Seminole Head Coach Debbie Dillman. “Whitney and Caroline played the way they can play and all we need are Macarena, Whitney and Lauren to play as well as they can during the next two rounds. We are continuing to play well in the postseason and we know we can play better.”
Brummett (Eureka, Mo.) tied her career best round (70) and finished with the best round of her senior year (28 total rounds). It was the first time she had finished with a score of 70 since the second round of the 2006 NCAA East Regional Championship. Brummett, who entered the tournament averaging 76.52 strokes this year, cut more than six strokes off of her season average in today’s round. Her score was her lowest since shooting a 71 in the first round of the fall 2007 Cougar Classic – the first round of this season.
“I played consistently today and I was very pleased with how I finished,” said Brummett. “I did nothing to lose it out there today; I am going to work hard to play as consistently in the final two rounds as I did today. We have a lot of golf left in us and we are excited about the next two days.”
Brummett carded three birdies, 14 holes of par or better and recorded only one bogie during her first round of play. She was one under on her first nine holes and one under on her second nine holes. Brummett birded her final hole of the afternoon (the par five 18th) to move to two-under par.
Westrup (Ahus, Sweden) continued her exceptional play in NCAA regional competition as she carded a two-under par 70. It marked the sixth time in seven rounds in regional play during her that she has carded a score under par. Westrup is making her third career regional appearance – she is a cumulative total of 12 strokes under par and has never finished above par in seven regional rounds. She has now carded four consecutive rounds at par or better which include her round in Thursday’s regional and all three rounds in last month’s ACC Championship.
Westrup’s round, which began on the 10th hole, was a tale of two halves. She finished her first nine at two-over par and her second nine at four-under par to complete here day at two under. She carded seven pars and two bogeys on holes ten through 18 and finished her round with four birdies and five holes at par on holes one through nine. Westrup was never more than two strokes over par and was at her best two strokes under par.
“I feel that I played well all day but obviously better on the second half than the first half,” said Westrup. “I was nervous when I first started my round but I worked through that and began to lay golf. I was hitting the ball well all day and when I got to playing well and went on a roll I just stayed on a roll. This is a fun course to play but you still have to work hard. We are all looking forward to playing the next two rounds because we are very confident as a team.”
Freshman Macarena Silva (Santiago, Chile) played well in her first career NCAA regional round and finished with a six over par score of 78. Except for two holes (No. 6 and No. 11) which she played above par, she was at even par for the day. Silva carded two birdies, 12 holes at par and two bogeys to go along with her two poorest holes of the round.
Senior Whitney Wright (Rockingham, N.C.), who is playing in her second career NCAA regional championship, carded an 80 while junior Lauren Cousart (Athens, Ga.) carded an 82. Cousart is also playing in her second career NCAA regional championship.
The second round of the event will be played Friday with Florida State teeing off at 12:30 CST. The Seminoles are playing with Texas and Texas Christian for the second consecutive day. The Seminoles lead Texas by one stroke but trail TCU by 13 strokes.
NCAA Central Regional Championship/par 72 University of Texas Golf Course/Austin, Texas/First Round Florida State Results 8/21. Florida State 298 T5. Whitney Brummett 70 T5. Caroline Westrup 70 T68. Macarena Silva 78 T84. Whitney Wright 80 T94. Lauren Cousart 82
NCAA Central Regional Championship/par 72 University of Texas Golf Course/Austin, Texas/First Round Team Results 1. UCLA 283 12. Notre Dame 302 2. TCU 285 T13. Alabama 304 3. Purdue 288 T13. Pepperdine 304 4. Denver 292 15. Kent State 305 5. Nebraska 294 T16. East Tennessee St. 307 6. Texas A&M 295 T16. Texas Tech 307 7. Florida State 298 18. Washington 312 8. Texas 299 19. Illinois State 313 T8. Texas State 299 20. Harvard 314 T10. LSU 300 21. Fairleigh Dickinson 354 T10. NC State 300