April 10, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State travels to the Pinehurst Country Club in Pinehurst, N.C. to play in the 18th Atlantic Coast Conference Championship April 14-16, 2006. It marks the 14th consecutive season the Seminoles have played in the event with its best finishes (second place) coming in 1992 and 1995. Tiffany Faucette (1995) and Mary Lee Cobick (1992) have earned the Seminoles’ top individual finishes of second place in the event.
THE 18TH ANNUAL ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP FIELD
Florida State, which is ranked No. 36 in this week’s GolfWeek/Sagarin team rankings, is joined by No. 1 ranked Duke, No. 10 Wake Forest, No. 17 Virginia, No. 38 NC State, No. 40 North Carolina, No. 50 Maryland, Boston College and Miami in the 18th annual ACC Championship. The event will be played on Pinehurst #8 at the Pinehurst (N.C.) Golf Club. Florida State earned its best ACC finish of second place in 1992 (at the Bermuda Run Country Club in Advance, N.C.) and in 1995 (at the Killearn Country Club in Tallahassee). Duke is the 10-time defending champion in the event – the Blue Devils have won the event each season since 1996. Brittany Lang of Duke (who will not compete in the ACC Championship) is the defending individual champion.
RANKING THE SEMINOLES
Florida State enters the 18th annual ACC Championship ranked 36th nationally in the most recent Golf Week/Sagarin Rankings. The ranking is the Seminoles’ highest of the spring 2006 season. ACC Freshman of the Year Candidate Caroline Westrup (Ahus, Sweden) is the highest ranked Seminole individual and comes into the ACC Championship ranked No. 36 nationally. She is one of seven ACC golfers who are scheduled to play in the ACC Championship who are ranked in the nation’s top 40 individual players.
SEMINOLES PLAY WELL AT 2005 ACC CHAMPIONSHIP
Sophomore Jaclyn Burch finished in a tie for 10th place and led the Seminole women’s golf team to a sixth place finish at the 2005 ACC Championship at the Carmel Country Club. Burch’s finish marked the fifth consecutive season a Seminole has finished in the top 10 of the individual standings at the conference championship. Burch shot a two-over par 74 in the final round to earn her first career top 10 finish. No. 1 ranked Duke won its 10th consecutive ACC Championship as it outdistanced the field by an incredible 47 strokes. The Blue Devils led the event wire-to-wire. Brittany Lang won the individual championship as she led four Blue Devils in the top four individual spots as she closed the championship with a two-under par 70. It was only the second sub par round of the event.
SEMINOLES EARN TEAM VICTORY AT RYDER/FLORIDA COLLEGIATE CHAMPIONSHIP
Florida State, which had four individuals finish in the top seven of the individual standings, won the championship of the 27th annual Ryder/Florida Women’s Golf Championship at Don Shula’s Golf Club April 2. The Seminoles were led by freshman Caroline Westrup and junior Jaclyn Burch – who finished in a tie for second place in the individual standings – as they won the team championship in the event for the third time in the last six seasons and for the fifth time since 1990. The Seminoles defeated Rollins College by six strokes and bested third place USF by 14 strokes. The Seminoles trailed Rollins by two strokes after the first round, took the lead in the second and held on to win the championship in the third round. Florida State has now won 18 tournament championships under Head Coach Debbie Dillman since 1985 including four since 2003 when the current group of Seminole seniors were freshmen.
THE SEMINOLE WOMEN’S GOLF TEAM…
…The six Seminole individuals who have earned playing time this season are averaging 75.11 strokes per round (4,732 strokes in 63 rounds). By comparison, the eight Seminoles who earned playing time last during the spring 2005 season averaged 77.83 strokes per round (6,071 strokes in 78 rounds);
…Through the first four events of the spring 2006 season, the Seminoles have seven top-10 individual finishes, four top-two finishes and 1 individual championship (Caroline Westrup at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic). By comparison, the Seminoles earned a total of four top-10 individual finishes during the spring 2005 season;
…During Florida State’s eight tournaments in the fall 2005 and spring 2006 seasons combined, a total of four Seminoles have earned eight top-10 finishes. During the fall 2004 and spring 2005 seasons, the individual Seminoles combined for a total of five top-10 finishes;
…In five tournaments during the spring of 2005, the Seminoles’ starting lineup combined to card a total of three rounds with scores of 73 or better. In four events during the spring of 2006, the Seminoles’ starting lineup has combined to shoot 16 rounds with scores of 73 or better;
…In winning the Ryder/Florida Collegiate Championship, the Seminoles earned their best three-round tournament score of the season (893). In five events during the spring of 2005, the Seminoles’ lowest team score was 913 in finishing in a tie for second at the Ryder/Florida Championship;
…Florida State finished one team round with a score under 300 during the spring 2005 season (299 in the first round of the Ryder/Florida Championship) and have and has already completed four different rounds at 300 or better during the spring of 2006. Florida State’s best round of the spring (295) came during the second round of the Lady Gamecock Classic on March 11;
…Florida State has finished two tournaments this spring with team scores under 900 after finishing the spring of 2005 with a low tournament score of 913. The Seminoles are averaging a team score of 906.5 in four events this spring after averaging a team score of 949.4 strokes per round last spring;
…In winning the spring 2006 Ryder/Florida Collegiate Championship, Florida State posted an 893 team score for the three round event. It was their best three-round team score since posting an 887 team score during the spring 2004 ACC Championship at the Salem Glen Country Club.
SEMINOLES’ LINE-UP HAS ACC EXPERIENCE
Led by 2004 All-ACC selection Caroline Larsson, who has played in three ACC Championships during her career, the Florida State women’s golf team will play with a very experienced lineup at the 2006 ACC Championship. Larsson (three ACC appearances) is joined by junior Jaclyn Burch (two ACC appearances) and sophomore Whitney Brummett and Whitney Wright (one appearance each.) in the Seminoles’ starting five. Freshman Caroline Westrup, who leads the Seminoles and ranks fifth in the ACC with a 73.75 stroke average, is the only Seminole set to play in her first ACC Championship.
Seminoles’ Lineup For ACC Championship
Player LRS LTS BF SA
Caroline Westrup First ACC Championship
Jaclyn Burch 74 (05) 231 (05) T10 (05) 77.0
Caroline Larsson 72 (04) 222 (04) 16 (04) 78.11
Whitney Brummett 76 (05) 243 (05) T25 (05) 81.00
Whitney Wright 75 (05) 237 (05) 16 (05) 79.00
LRS=low round score; LTS=low tournament score; BF=best finish; SA=stroke average
WESTRUP LEADS FSU INTO ACC CHAMPIONSHIP
ACC Freshman of the Year Candidate Caroline Westrup, who has earned three top four finishes during the spring of 2006, will compete in her first ACC Championship this weekend. She has shot seven of the Seminoles’ top 12 rounds of the spring with her career best of two-under par 70 coming in the first round of the Lady Gamecock Classic. After finishing with a total of 226 (75.33 strokes per round) and placing in a tie for 31st place in the individual standings at the LSU/Cleveland Golf Intercollegiate, Westrup is averaging 219.7 strokes per event (73.22 strokes per round) and has not finished below second place in the individual standings in her last three events.
LARSSON TO PLAY IN FOURTH ACC CHAMPIONSHIP
Senior Carolina Larsson (Danderyd, Sweden), who will play in her fourth ACC Tournament at Pinehurst, is averaging a career-low 75.92 stroke average this year (fall and spring combined). Having never missed playing in an event during her Seminoles career, she will play in her 40th consecutive at the ACC Championship. Larsson’s previous career-best stroke average for an entire year is 76.41 during her sophomore year during which she earned All-ACC honors for the first time in her career.
…She finished in a tie for seventh at the Ryder/Florida Collegiate Championship. It marked the third consecutive year she had finished seventh in the Ryder – giving her four top seven finishes in the event during her career;
…She has earned two top-10 finishes this spring (tied for sixth at the Lady Gamecock and tie for seventh at the Ryder/Florida) and now has five top-10 finishes during her career.
BURCH COMING ON AS POSTSEASON APPROACHES
Junior Jaclyn Burch (Wildwood, Mo.) earned the top finish of her career (tied for second) at the Ryder/Florida Collegiate Championship and enters the ACC Championship playing her best golf of the season. She now has two top-10 individual finishes during her career with a tied for 10th place finish at the spring 2005 ACC Championship. Burch carded a near-career low one-under par 71 in the third round of the Ryder/Florida Championship – the second lowest single-round score of her career. She carded a career-low 68 during the second round of the fall 2005 Chrysler Challenge hosted by Florida State.
Breaking Down Burch Events SA LTS BF First 2 76.33 230 T36 at LSU/Cleveland Golf Last 2 75.50 222 T2 at Ryder/Florida Championship Improv. -0.83 -8 2 Top-25 finishes this spring SA=stroke average; LTS=low tournament score; BF=best finish
BRUMMETT PLAYS BEST GOLF OF SEASON AT RYDER
Sophomore Whitney Brummett (Eureka, Mo.) played her best golf of the spring 2006 season as she finished in a tie for seventh place with a three-round score of 225 in helping the Seminoles to the team title at the Ryder/Florida Championship. Brummett averaged more than five strokes fewer per round at the Ryder/Florida Championship (75.00) than she did during the first three events of the spring 2006 season. Her tie for seventh place finish was 32 positions better than her previous best finish of tied for 39th at the Lady Gamecock Classic.
Brummett's Excellent Outing At The Ryder Championship Events SA LTS BF First 3 80.22 237 T39 at Lady Gamecock Classic Last 1 75.00 225 T7 at Ryder/Florida Championship Improv. -5.22 -12 4 career top 10 finishes
WRIGHT BECOMING RIGHT ENTERING ACC’S
Sophomore Whitney Wright (Rockingham, N.C.), who finished in 16th place in the individual standings at the 2005 ACC Championship, is playing her best golf of the season as the postseason approaches. She averaged a season-best 77.33 strokes and finished in a tie for 28th place in the individual standings at the Ryder/Florida Championship to earn her best stoke average and best finish of the 2005-06 fall and spring seasons. Wright’s stroke average of 77.33 at the Ryder Championship was nearly three strokes better than her stroke average during the first three events of the spring season (80.22).