March 23, 2007 - by

Nationally Ranked Seminole Women’s Golf Team Begins Play At Liz Murphey Intercollegiate

March 23, 2007

ATHENS, Ga. –
The Florida State women’s golf team, ranked 25th nationally in this week’s Golf World / NGCA Coaches’ Poll, begins play in the 35th annual Liz Murphey Intercollegiate at the University of Georgia Friday. The Seminoles finished fourth in the event last season and enter this weekend looking to finish among the top teams in the event for the second consecutive season.

Seminole sophomore Caroline Westrup, who is ranked as the No. 2 individual in women’s collegiate golf, begins play in the Liz Murphey looking to defend her title and win the individual championship in the event for a second consecutive season. Westrup earned a one-stroke victory over Alabama’s Jenny Suh last season – another battle between the two is expected this weekend.

The Seminoles begin the event ranked 25th in the nation according to the second Golf World/NGCA Division I Coaches Poll of the 2007 spring season. Florida State is making its first appearance in the poll which lists ACC rival Duke as the nation’s No. 1 team.

Florida State, who earlier this month finished eighth at the Lady Gator Invitational, has had a very impressive with two top-10 finishes in three events this season, earned the team title at the Chrysler Challenge in February.

Duke, previously ranked third in the nation, jumped to the top spot in this week’s poll – a spot which was held by the University of Georgia. The University of Florida has made the biggest jump in the polls moving up seven spots to No.11 after winning their home tournament – The Lady Gator Invitational – by 14 shots earlier this month. Other notable ACC teams that have earned their way into the rankings are Wake Forest (No.18), Virginia (No. 19) and North Carolina (No. 22).

Golf World / NGCA Coaches Poll
March 23, 2007
Rank    Team (FPV)              Points  Last Week
1.      Duke (16)               591     3
2.      Arizona State (6)       576     2
3.      Georgia (2)             559     1
4.      Pepperdine              515     5
5.      Auburn                  504     4
6.      Southern California     465     8
7.      Vanderbilt              455     6
8.      Oklahoma State          406     9
9.      Stanford                385     7
10.     Arizona                 369     10
11.     Florida                 344     18
12.     UCLA                    366     14
13.     Tennessee               313     12
14.     Purdue                  236     13
15.     New Mexico              228     15
16.     BYU                     227     20
17.     Denver                  226     17
18.     Wake Forest             224     19
19.     Virginia                220     11
20.     Texas A&M               187     16
21.     Michigan State          119     22
22.     North Carolina          96      21
23.     San Jose State          41      NR
24.     Arkansas                38      NR
25.     Florida State           31      NR

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