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Seminole Women’s Golf Team Battles For Lead At Ryder/Florida Championship

March 31, 2006




MIAMI LAKES, Fla. –
The Florida State women’s golf team is in second place behind Rollins College and only two strokes off the lead after the first round of the 27th Annual Ryder/Florida Championship at Don Shula’s Golf Club. The second-place Seminoles are only two strokes behind the Tars and are four strokes ahead of third-place USF. The Seminoles are led in the individual standings by freshman Caroline Westrup – the reigning National Golfer of the Week by GolfWeek Magazine – who is in fourth place after the first round.

Rollins is led by Vanessa Vela and Charlotte Campbell who are in first and tied for second respectively in the individual standings. Vela carded a two-under par 70 to lead the field of 60 golfers by two strokes. Campbell and Rebecca Samuelson of Florida International are two strokes back with even par scores of 72 and Westrup is three strokes off the lead with a two-over par 73.

Westrup (Ahus, Sweden), who earned medalist honors at last weekend’s Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic, carded her fifth single-round score of 73 or better in three events this spring. If not for a double-bogie on the 18th hole, Westrup would be in second place in the standings only and one stroke behind Vela for the individual lead.

Senior Caroline Larsson (Danderyd, Sweden) is in a tie for fifth place in the individual standings with a two-over par score of 72. She is within reach of earning her first career individual victory; the best finish of her career (second place) came at the Ann Rhodes Invitational at the University of Alabama during the fall of 2003.

Sophomore Whitney Brummett (Eureka, Mo.) is in a tie for seventh place in the individual standings after carding a three-over par score of 75. She has now carded three scores of 75 or better in four tournaments this spring. Brummett will look to improve her standing over the final two days of the event after finishing in a tie for third place in this same event as a freshman.

Junior Jaclyn Burch (Ellisville, Mo.) and sophomore Whitney Wright (Rockingham, N.C.) are tied for 19th and tied for 25th place, respectively, in the individual standings. Burch, who shot a 78, is looking to earn her best finish in this event during her career. She finished in a tie for 18th place last season as a sophomore.

The second round tees of at 12:30 p.m. Saturday and is a shotgun start. Sunday’s third and final round in the 54-hole tournament begins at 8 a.m. Sunday.

27th Annual Ryder/Florida Women's Collegiate Championship/Par 72/March 31-April 2, 2006
Don Shula's Golf Course/Miami Lakes, Fla./First Round Florida State Results
2/12.   Florida State       300
4.      Caroline Westrup    73
T5.     Caroline Larsson    74
T7.     Whitney Brummett    75
T19.    Jaclyn Burch        78
T25.    Whitney Wright      79

27th Annual Ryder/Florida Women's Collegiate Championship/Par 72/March 31-April 2, 2006
Don Shula's Golf Course/Miami Lakes, Fla./First Round Florida State Results
1.   Rollins              298   7.   Miami              322
2.   Florida State        300   8.   Barry              323
3.   USF                  304   T9.  Lynn               325
T4.  Florida Southern     306   T9.  Florida Atlantic   325
T4.  Fla. International   306   11.  Jacksonville       326
6.   UCF                  310   12.  Stetson            338
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