May 9, 2007
TALLAHASSE, Fla. –
The Florida State University women’s golf will participate in the NCAA East Regional Championship May 10-12 at the Louisiana State University Club in Baton Rouge, La. The Seminoles’ selection marks the sixth time in the last seven seasons and 14th time in the last 17 seasons they have been selected to participate in the regional championships which are conducted to determine the top 24 teams in the nation who will then compete at the NCAA Championship tournament at the LPGA International Course in Daytona Beach, Fla. Florida State has earned top-20 national finishes in three of the last four seasons and finished tied for 16th at the NCAA Championship tournament in 2006. The Seminoles have played in all but three regional championships since the NCAA adopted the regional qualifying format in 1991. Debbie Dillman, in her 23rd season as the Seminoles’ Head Coach, has led Florida State to 14 regional appearances and eight championship tournament appearances.
THE 2007 NCAA EAST REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP FIELD
Florida State is joined by Duke, UCLA, Auburn, Purdue, Texas A&M, North Carolina, Alabama, Wake Forest, South Carolina, Virginia, Louisiana State, Louisville, South Florida, NC State, Birmingham Southern, Furman, College of Charleston, Western Carolina, Jacksonville State, and Jackson State in the 2007 NCAA East Regional. The event is being played at the Par 72, 6,403-yard University Club course in Baton Rouge, La. As the No. 11 seed in the East Regional, the Seminoles have a practice round scheduled for 10:10 a.m. CST on May 9 and will tee off in the first round at 8:10 a.m. on Thursday and at 12:30 p.m. in the second round on Friday. The tee times in the final round on Saturday depend on team standings.
WESTRUP EARNS ALL-ACC HONORS
Florida State sophomore Caroline Westrup, the nation’s No. 3 ranked player according to GolfStat, was named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference women’s golf team in a vote by the league’s nine head coaches on May 7. It marks Westrup’s second consecutive selection to the all-conference team for the Seminole sophomore who is among the National Player of the Year contenders and a virtual lock to earn All-America First-Team honors for the second straight season. Westrup is the only the third player in Florida State women’s golf history to earn All-ACC honors multiple times in her career and the first in school history to earn the honor as both a freshman and a sophomore. Only Karen Stupples (1994 and 1995) and Kristin Tamulis (2001, 2002 and 2003) have earned the honor more than once as Seminoles with Tamulis as the schools only three-time All-ACC honoree. Both Stupples and Tamulis are enjoying professional careers on the LPGA Tour. Stupples won the 2004 British Open.
SEMINOLES FINISH FOURTH IN 2006 NCAA EAST REGIONAL
The Florida State women’s golf team finished tied for fourth at the 2006 NCAA East Regional Championship, were one of the top eight teams in the finial standings and qualified for the NCAA Championship for the eighth time in Debbie Dillman’s 23-year tenure as the Seminoles’ head coach. Caroline Westrup shot a two-under par 70 in the final round and finished with a three-under par total of 213 for the 54-hole event. Westrup finished in a tied for third place in the individual standings only four strokes behind medalist Marci Turner of regional champion Tennessee. Whitney Brummett carded a 77 while Kayla Shaul shot a 78 in the final round to help lead the Seminoles to their third NCAA Championship in the last four years.
RANKING THE SEMINOLES
Florida State, the No. 11 seed in the NCAA East Regional Championship, is ranked 29th in the latest GolfStat ranking and 23rd in the latest GolfWeek rankings.
WESTRUP NAMED MID-SEASON PLAYER OF THE YEAR
National Player of the Year candidate and All-ACC selection Caroline Westrup, the nation’s No. 3 ranked women’s collegiate player, was been named the Mid-Season Player of the Year by Golf World Magazine in January as the publication handed out its mid-season awards. Westrup won the individual title at the Women’s World Amateur Team Championship in October and holds the nation’s third best collegiate scoring rating at 70.80 entering the NCAA East Regional
RANKING THE ACC WOMEN’S GOLFERS
National Player of the Year candidate Caroline Westrup is one of the top golfers in the nation and the ACC. Entering the 2007 NCAA East Regional Championship, Westrup owns the second best scoring average in the ACC, is tied for second in scores at par or better, second in scores in the 60’s and second in low single round score for the year (66 at the Cougar Classic and at the Northrop Grumann Regional Challenge).
The ACC's Top Golfers Player, School Avg. Amanda Blumenherst, Duke 71.08 Caroline Westrup, Florida State 72.48 Jennie Lee, Duke 73.33
SEMINOLES EARN THIRD PLACE ACC FINISH
Sophomore All-American Caroline Westrup finished in second place in the individual standings and led the Seminoles to a third place finish in the team standings at the 19th Annual Atlantic Coast Conference Championship at the Carmel Country Club. Westrup tied the school record for the highest individual finish by a Florida State player in the ACC Championship in leading the Seminoles to their highest finish in the event since they also finished third in the team standings in 2001. Duke, the No. 1 ranked team in women’s collegiate golf, won its unprecedented 12th consecutive conference championship as it outdistanced second-place Wake Forest by 35 strokes and third-place Florida State by 40 strokes.
FLORIDA STATE’S EAST REGIONAL LINEUP
Florida State will play with three championship veterans and two championships rookies in the 2007 NCAA East Regional. Sophomore All-American Caroline Westrup, who finished tied for third in the 2006 NCAA East Regional will play as the Seminoles’ No. 1 player. She will be followed in the lineup by a pair of juniors – Whitney Brummett (Eureka, Mo.) and Whitney Wright (Rockingham, N.C.) – a senior – Kayla Shaul (Cumming, Ga.) — and a sophomore – Lauren Cousart (Athens, Ga.)
How The Seminoles Will Tee Off In Baton Rouge Player No. Reg. BF LR Caroline Westrup 1 T3 60 Whitney Brummett 1 T35 70 Whitney Wright -- -- -- Kayla Shaul 1 T88 75 Lauren Cousart -- -- --
SEMINOLES HAVE PLAYED THIS COURSE
Florida State enters the 2007 NCAA East Regional with a bit of familiarity of the University Club course at Louisiana State University. The Seminoles – and four of the five players in their starting lineup – opened their spring 2006 season on this course with an 11th place finish at the LSU/Cleveland Golf Intercollegiate. Sophomore Caroline Westrup played in her first collegiate event and finished in a tie for 24th place after opening the event with a 79 and finished with a 226 total for the 54-hole event. Juniors Whitney Brummett and Whitney Wright played in the Seminoles’ starting line-up and senior Kayla Shaul played as an individual in the event.
LSU/Cleveland Golf Intercollegiate/March 3-5, 2006 University Club/Baton Rouge, La./Par 72 T11/18. Florida State 312 306 299 917 T31. Caroline Westrup 79 73 74 226 T36. Jaclyn Burch 80 76 72 228 T36. Caroline Larsson 73 78 77 228 T36. * Kayla Shaul 77 75 76 228 T71. Whitney Brummett 80 79 79 238 T79. Whitney Wright 81 84 76 241 * -- Shaul played as an individual
BRUMMETT ENJOYING BEST SEASON AS A SEMINOLE
Junior Whitney Brummett enters the 2007 NCAA East Regional with a career-best 76.87 stroke average in eight events this year. She began the fall 2006 season with the top result of her career – a three-under par total of 213 and a third place finish in helping the Seminoles to the team championship at the Cougar Classic hosted by the College of Charleston. Brummett tied her career low with identical scores of 70 in the first and second rounds of the event.
Brummett - Year By Year Year No. Rds. Stks Avg. Low T10 2004-05 9 27 2,096 77.63 72 2 2005-06 11 34 2,629 77.32 70 1 2006-07 8 23 1,768 76.87 70 1 Totals 28 84 6,493 77.30 70 4
SUCCESS WITH BRUMMETT AND WRIGHT IN LINEUP
Since the arrival of juniors Whitney Brummett and Whitney Wright at Florida State during the fall of 2004, the Seminoles have won three tournament championships with both or at least one the Whitney’s in the starting lineup. The fall 2006 and spring 2007 season has been especially prosperous with team championship trophies from the Cougar Classic and Chrysler Challenge now stored in the Seminoles’ trophy case in Tallahassee. The pair has helped Florida State earn six top-10 team finishes this year alone.
Tournament Championships In Last Three Seasons Season Event Team Finish Spring 2006 Ryder/Florida 1 Fall 2006 Cougar Classic 1 Spring 2007 Chrysler Challenge 1
WRIGHT PLAYING THE BEST GOLF OF HER CAREER
Junior Whitney Wright enters the 2007 NCAA East Regional Playing the best golf of her career. She is averaging a career-low 78.87 strokes in eight events this year and has shaved more than one stroke per round from her career average entering the regional championship. Wright carded her career-low round of 71 while earning the second top-10 finish of her career (tied for fourth) in the Florida State hosted Chrysler Challenge in Feb. of 2007. She finished in a tie for 18th place at the 2007 ACC Championship to mark the second top-20 conference championship finish of her career.
Breaking Down Wright's Improvement Years No. Rds. Stks. Avg. Low T10 2005-06 17 51 4,076 79.92 72 1 2006-07 8 23 1,814 78.87 71 1 Totals 25 74 5,890 79.59 71 2 Improv. -1.05
SHAUL A TO PLAY IN SECOND REGIONAL CHAMP.
Senior Kayla Shaul will play in her second regional championship at the University Club in Baton Rouge. Shaul’s play in the 2006 NCAA East Regional helped Florida State finish and advance to the NCAA Championship where it finished in 16th place in the team standings. Playing from the No. 5 spot in the line-up in the regional, she was able to have her first two round scores counted towards the Seminoles’ team score. Shaul then averaged 77.75 strokes during four rounds in the NCAA Championship including a 75 in the second round of the event.
SHAUL TURNS UP HER GAME IN THE POSTSEASON
Senior Kayla Shaul has developed into one of the Seminoles’ top postseason golfers. She will make her second regional appearance this week and, in doing so, will make the fourth postseason appearance of her career. Shaul played in the 2006 NCAA East Regional (finished in a tie for 69th place), the 2006 NCAA Championship (finished in a tie for 88th place) and in the 2007 ACC Championship (finished in a tie for 30th place). She averages nearly four strokes fewer per round in the three postseason appearances (77.90) than she does in six regular season appearances during her career. Shaul won the 2004 junior college national individual championship as a sophomore at Daytona Beach Community College.
Shaul's Improvement In The Postseason Year No. Rds. Stks Avg. Low Reg. Season 6 17 1,390 81.76 73 Postseason 3 10 779 77.90 75 Improv. -3.86
COUSART IN SEMINOLES’ REGIONAL LINE-UP
Sophomore Lauren Cousart (Athens, Ga.) will make the first NCAA Regional of her career in Baton Rouge this weekend. She has played in a career-high five events this spring and was in the Seminoles’ starting lineup as they won the team championship at the Chrysler Challenge for the first time first time in its seven-year existence and at the ACC Championship. Cousart finished tied for seventh place in the individual standings at the Chrysler Challenge to earn the top finish of her career and finished in a tied for 15th place at the ACC Championship. She earned her career-best, single-round score of 72 in the third round of the spring 2007 Lady Gator Invitational.
Taking A Snapshot Of Cousart's Seminole Career Season LR BF Avg. Fall 2005 75 T34 81.78 Fall 2006 73 T29 74.67 Spring 2007 72 T7 78.53
NOTING THE SEMINOLE WOMEN’S GOLF TEAM…
…All-American Caroline Westrup has finished as Florida State’s top finisher in eight of the Seminoles’ nine events this year. The only event in which she did not top the Seminoles’ leaderboard was a the Auburn Tiger Derby when she was forced to withdraw after the first round because of an illness;
…All-American Caroline Westrup is a total of +27 strokes over par in the 25 rounds she has played this year. She has finished three events under par and was more than eight strokes over par in only one of the eight events she completed this year;
…Junior Whitney Wright is one of only two Seminoles who have played in the Seminoles’ starting line-up in each of Florida State’s first six events of the spring 2007 season. She is joined by Caroline Larsson as the only six-event starter this spring;
…Junior Whitney Brummett has played in 28 of 29 events during her career as a Seminole. She missed playing in the first event of her career – the spring 2007 Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge – earlier this spring;
…Sophomore Lauren Cousart has played in twice as many events and is averaging nearly four strokes fewer this season as compared to her freshman season. She played in three events and averaged 81.78 strokes as a freshman and has played in six events and averages 77.89 stokes this season;
…Each of the five players in the Seminoles’ starting line-up at the 2007 NCAA East Regional is averaging fewer stokes per round this season as compare to last season. Sophomores Lauren Cousart (minus 3.89 strokes per round) and Caroline Larsson (minus 1.16 strokes per round) lead the decrease in the Seminoles’ scoring column.
WESTRUP WINS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
All-American Caroline Westrup finished with an eight-under par score of 280 to claim the individual world title at the Women’s Golf World Amateur Team Championship as competition in the event came to a close Oct. 21, 2006. Westrup made up four strokes and added two additional strokes during the final round to win the individual championship by two strokes over Rikako Morita of Japan. Westrup shot a 69 as compared to Morita’s 75 over the final 18 holes to win the individual championship 280-282. Westrup’s play in the final round helped Sweden pull into a tie for first in the individual standings with South Africa though the four rounds of regulation play. Sweden defeated South Africa by four strokes in the fourth round to move up from second and into a tie for first place in the team standings. Westrup was strong and confident over the last 18 holes of the individual race on the De Zalze Golf Course. She was two-over with two birdies on the front nine and one over with two birdies and one bogie on the back nine. Westrup was four-under after 16 holes and three strokes up on Morita when the Japanese golfer finished her round with a six-under par score of 282. Westrup finished her final three holes at one-over with a bogie on the 16th hole and birdies on the final two holes to win the championship.
FLORIDA STATE GOLF AND ACADEMIC SUCCESS
The Florida State women’s golf team earned a cumulative grade point average of 2.362 during the fall 2006 and spring 2007 academic semesters while ranking among the nation’s top 25 teams in the same competition seasons. Caroline Westrup, one of the top candidates for National Player of the Year honors, holds a 3.65 grade for her academic career. She earned Dean’s List honors during the fall and a perfect 4.0 GPA in sport management during the spring semester. Junior Whitney Brummett earned a perfect 4.0 during the fall semester and better than a 3.5 during the spring semester in her major of political science.
WOMEN’S GOLF TEAM EARNS DIRECTOR’S CUP
For the sixth consecutive year the Seminole Women’s Golf Team was honored with the Director’s Cup at the annual Golden `Nole Banquet at the University Center Club in April of 2007. The banquet honors athletes from each of the Seminoles’ 19 intercollegiate sports for their hard work and dedication to the athletics program and their service to the community. The Director’s Cup was established during the 1996-1997 academic year by Athletics Director Dave Hart to promote athletes involvement in the community. The golf team received this award as a form of recognition for their countless volunteer hours at the Dick Howser Center for Childhood Services in Tallahassee throughout the academic year. The women’s golf team also won the award in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006.
ANDERSON AND YOUNG AT PGA CHAMPIONSHIP
Florida State University junior Ashleigh Anderson and sophomore Sara Young, two members of the Seminole women’s golf team, will play in the 21st Annual PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship at the PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla., May 11-13. Anderson, a junior and two-year member of the Seminoles’ golf team, has played in two events during her Seminole career. Young, a sophomore who earned a varsity letter as a member of the Seminoles’ golf team in 2006, has played in three events during her career including the Florida State hosted Chrysler Challenge during the fall of 2005.