May 5, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The Florida State women’s golf team has once again proven that it is one of the most consistent teams in collegiate golf as it has been selected to participate in the NCAA Championship tournament for the 16th time in the last 19 seasons. The Seminoles will travel to the NCAA East Regional Championship at the Mark Bostic Golf Course at the University of Florida May 7-9. It marks the fourth consecutive season and the eighth time in the last nine seasons that the Seminoles will play in a regional with a chance to qualify for the NCAA Championship finals. A total of 63 teams and nine individuals were selected to play in the three different locations to determine the top 24 teams in the nation who will then compete in the NCAA Championship Tournament May 19-22 at Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Md.
THE 2009 NCAA EAST REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP FIELD
Florida State is joined by Virginia, Auburn (Southeastern Conference champion), Alabama, North Carolina, Duke, Denver (Sun Belt Conference champion), Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Georgia, Tulane (Conference USA champion), Florida, East Carolina, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Furman (Southern Conference champion), Charleston, Central Florida, Coastal Carolina (Big South Conference champion), Stetson (Atlantic Sun Conference champion) and Jackson State (Southwestern Athletic Conference champion) in the 2009 NCAA East Regional Championship. The event will be played on the par-70 5,954 yard course that is home to the Lady Gator golf team in Gainesville.
A REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP WITH A SEMINOLE FLAVOR
The 2009 NCAA East Regional Championship will have a decidedly Florida State flavor with not only the five members of the Seminole line-up playing, but with four former Seminoles coaching in the event. The Seminoles are led by former Florida State player Debbie Dillman, Coastal Carolina is coached by former Seminole player and assistant coach Katie Quinney, Princeton (with an individual player competing in the championship) is coached by former Seminole player and assistant coach Amy Bond and former player Carrie Sordel is an assistant coach at UCF.
WESTRUP NAMED ALL-ACC FOR FOURTH TIME IN CAREER
Senior captain Caroline Westrup was named to the All-ACC team in a vote by the ACC coaches – a selection that made her the first four-time All-ACC selection in school history. She became only the second non-Duke player and first since Stephanie Neill (1992-95) of Wake Forest to earn All-ACC honors four times in her career. A total of nine Duke players have earned all-ACC honors four times during their careers. Florida State is ranked fourth in ACC history with 15 All-ACC selections despite having joined the league in 1992 – seven years after the ACC began choosing an All-ACC team for women’s golf.
FLORIDA STATE AT THE 2008 CENTRAL REGIONAL
Florida State was defeated by LSU in a one-hole playoff and did not advance to the NCAA Championship finals at the 2008 NCAA Central Regional Championship at the University of Texas. The Seminoles and the Tigers finished tied for eighth in the team standings and were forced to wait nearly four hours until the round was completed before beginning the sudden-victory playoff which was won by the Tigers. With all five players teeing off of hole No. 1, the Tigers earned one birdie and four pars while the Seminoles earned five pars. The winning shot – a chip in birdie – was holed by LSU’s Alexis Rather. Florida State moved into a tie for eighth place with its best single-round team total of the event – a 297. The Seminoles were led by Caroline Westrup (even par 72) and seniors Whitney Wright (one-over par 73) and Whitney Brummett (four-over par 76). The Seminoles began the third round three strokes above the cut and closed tied with LSU.
FLORIDA STATE’S NCAA REGIONAL HISTORY
The Seminoles have played in all but three regional championships since the NCAA adopted the regional qualifying format in 1991. Seminole Head Coach Debbie Dillman, in her 25th season, has led Florida State to 16 regional appearances and eight championship round appearances. Florida State has finished in the national top-20 in three of the last five years and finished in a tie for 16th place in the national championship tournament in 2006.
FLORIDA STATE’S EAST REGIONAL LINEUP
Florida State will play with two championship veterans and three championships rookies in the 2009 NCAA East Regional Championship. 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 junior – Lacey Agnew – a sophomore – Macarena Silva – and two freshmen – Hannah Thomson and Whitney Wenglasz.
How The Seminoles Will Tee Off In Gainesville Player No. Reg. BF Year Caroline Westrup 3 T3 2006 Macarena Silva 1 T81 2008 Lacey Agnew -- -- -- Hannah Thomson -- -- -- Whitney Wenglasz -- -- --
SEMINOLES HAVE PLAYED THIS COURSE
Florida State enters the 2009 NCAA East Regional with a bit of familiarity of the Mark Bostic Golf Course at the University of Florida. The Seminoles – and three of the four players in their starting lineup – played the course during the 2009 SunTrust Lady Gator Invitational. Sophomore Macarena Silva led the Seminoles to an 11th place finish in the event. Freshman Whitney Wenglasz was tied for first after two rounds of play and junior Lacey Agnew tied her career low with a 73 in the second round of the event.
WESTRUP IS ACCOMPLISHED IN REGIONAL PLAY
Senior All-American Caroline Westrup, who finished in a tie for third place at the NCAA East Regional in 2006 and in a tie for fifth place in the 2007 NCAA East Regional and 2008 NCAA Central Regional Championships, will play in her fourth career regional championship this week at the University of Florida. Westrup is a combined total of 12 strokes under par with average scores of 212 in her first three regional appearances. She has carded six of nine rounds below par and two rounds at par in her three previous NCAA regional appearances. Westrup advanced with the Seminoles to the championship finals in 2006, and advanced as an individual to the championship finals in 2007 and 2008.
Westrup In Regional Play Year Region vs. Par Total Finish 2006 East -3 213 T3 2007 East -8 208 T5 2008 Central -1 215 T5