March 29, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State closes out its regular season as it travels to play in the Ryder/Florida Women’s Collegiate Golf Championship at Don Shula’s Golf Club in Miami Lakes, Fla., April 1-3. The Seminoles enter the event looking to claim the team championship for the third time in the last five years. Florida State won the team title back-to-back titles coming in 2002 and 2003. Florida State finished fourth in the event in 2004 and has won the event three times since 1998. The event is the Seminoles’ final tournament of the regular season and leads the team into the 18th annual ACC Championship April 14-16 at the Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, N.C.
THE 2006 RYDER/FLORIDA CHAMPIONSHIP FIELD
Florida State (ranked 36th nationally in the latest GolfWeek Magazine Poll) is joined by Barry College, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Florida Southern, Jacksonville, Lynn University, Miami, Rollins, Stetson, UCF and USF in the Ryder/Florida Championship. The event is played at the Par 72, 6,317 yard course at Don Shula’s Golf Club in Miami Lakes, Fla. Tina Miller of Miami won the individual championship in leading the Hurricanes to the team championship in 2005.
SEMINOLES RANKED 36TH NATIONALLY ENTERING RYDER CHAMPIONSHIP
Buoyed by its fourth place finish at the prestigious Liz Murphey Collegiate Championship at the University of Georgia last weekend, the Seminoles are ranked 36th in this week’s national team rankings by GolfWeek Magazine. The last time Florida State was ranked higher in the national polls was when it was ranked No. 29 entering the 2004 NCAA Championship. The Seminoles then finished 22nd in the NCAA Championship. The Seminoles were ranked No. 23 in the nation before finishing tied for 19th at the NCAA Championships during the spring of 2003.
WESTRUP NAMED NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK BY GOLFWEEK
Freshman Caroline Westrup (Ahus, Sweden), who earned medalist honors at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic, was named the Division I Women’s Collegiate Player of the Week by GolfWeek Magazine.
WESTRUP WINS MEDALIST HONORS AT LIZ MURPHEY COLLEGIATE CLASSIC
Freshman Caroline Westrup won the individual title and the Seminole women’s golf team finished fourth in the team standings at the prestigious Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic at the University of Georgia Golf Course. Westrup’s victory marked the first individual title by a Seminole golfer since current PGA touring member Kristin Tamulis won the championship at the 2003 Ryder/Florida Championship. Since 1990 only two Seminoles have earned multiple career wins – Kristin Tamulis (spring 2003 Lady Gator and spring 2003 Ryder/Florida) and Karen Stupples (Spring 1994 Spalding/Peggy Kirk Bell and spring 1995 Lady Gator). Both Tamulis and Stupples are currently playing on the LPGA Tour. The last time a Seminole golfer was victorious in consecutive tournaments was during the fall 1991 season when Erica Firnhaber won the Lady Seminole Invitational and Mary Lee Cobick won the Beacon Woods Invitational.
LARSSON PLAYING WELL IN THE STRETCH RUN
Senior Caroline Larsson (Danderyd, Sweden) who has played in 38 consecutive tournaments during her four-year career is playing the best golf of her senior season as the post-season approaches. She finished in a season-best tied for sixth place at the Lady Gamecock Invitational and has earned four-top25 finishes in the Seminoles’ eight events this year. Larsson is ranked second on the team with a 75.44 strokes per round average and is tied for second on the team with five rounds of scores at 75 or better this spring.
SEMINOLE WOMEN'S GOLF STATISTICS (SPRING 2005) Name Tourn. Rnds Par -75 Low Strokes Avg. Caroline Westrup 3 9 3 7 70 663 73.67 Caroline Larsson 3 9 1 5 72 679 75.44 Jaclyn Burch 3 9 1 5 72 689 76.56 Kayla Shaul 2 6 0 2 75 466 77.67 Whitney Brummett 3 9 1 2 72 722 80.23 Whitney Wright 2 6 0 1 76 487 81.17