April 11, 2007
TALLAHASSE, Fla. –
Florida State travels to the Carmel Country Club in Charlotte, N.C. to participate in the 19th annual Atlantic Coast Conference Championship April 13-15. It marks the 15th consecutive season the Seminoles have played in the event with its best finishes (second place) coming in 1992, 1995 and 1999. Tiffany Faucette (1995) and Mary Lee Cobick (1992) have earned the Seminoles’ top individual finishes of second place in the event. The Seminoles have won two team championships this year with victories coming at the Cougar Classic (Sept. 11-12, 2006) and at the Florida State hosted Chrysler Challenge (Feb. 24-26, 2007) and have finished in the top-10 of six of their eight events this year.
THE 2007 ACC WOMEN’S GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP FIELD
No. 29 Florida State is joined by No. 1 Duke, No. 18 Virginia, No. 20 North Carolina, No. 21 Wake Forest, No. 37 NC State, Maryland, Miami and Boston College in the 19th annual ACC Women’s Golf Championships. The event will be played at the Carmel Country Club in Charlotte, N.C. – a beautiful par 72, 6,293 yard course that also hosted the ACC women’s championship in 2005. Florida State earned its best ACC finish of second place in 1992 (at the Bermuda Run Country Club in Advance, N.C.) and in 1995 (at the Killearn Country Club in Tallahassee). Duke is the 11-time defending champion in the event – the Blue Devils have won the event each season since 1996. Amanda Blumenhurst of Duke is the defending individual champion.
FLORIDA STATE’S LINEUP IN THE 2007 ACC CHAMPIONSHIP
Florida State will play with three championship veterans and two championships rookies in the 2007 ACC Women’s Championships. Sophomore All-American Caroline Westrup, who placed fourth in the 2006 ACC Championship, will play as the Seminoles’ No. 1 player. She will be followed in the lineup by a pair of juniors – Whitney Brummett and Whitney Wright – a senior – Kayla Shaul — and a sophomore – Lauren Cousart.
How The Seminoles Will Tee Off In Charlotte Player No.ACC Champs. BF LR LT Caroline Westrup 2 4 72 (2006) 223 (2006) Whitney Brummett 3 T15 (2006) 76 (2006) 231 (2006) Whitney Wright 3 16 (2005) 75 (2005) 237 (2005) Kayla Shaul 1 -- -- -- Lauren Cousart 1 -- -- --
FLORIDA STATE FINISHES FIFTH AT 2006 ACC CHAMPIONSHIPS
Caroline Westrup finished in fourth place in the individual standings and the Seminole women’s golf team finished in fifth place in the team standings at the 18th Annual Atlantic Coast Conference Championship at Pinehurst No. 8 in 2006. Westrup carded an even-par 72 in the final round to earn the top individual placing by a Seminole player since Kristin Tamulis finished tied for fourth in 2004. Westrup rebounded from a disappointing second round to card an even-par 72 over the final 18 holes of the tournament. She played each of her first 10 holes of the day at par and finished with two birdies and two bogies over her final eight holes. Westrup carded four birdies and 11 bogies during the 54 holes of her first ACC Championship to finish at seven-over par.
WESTRUP A PLAYER OF THE YEAR FAVORITE
National, ACC Player of the Year and All-ACC Candidate Caroline Westrup (Ahus, Sweden) is one of the front-runners to become the first Florida State player to capture National Player of the Year honors. After garnering All- America and All-ACC honors as a freshman, Westrup has played even better as a sophomore. Westrup has earned one more individual championship (to give her three for her 15 event collegiate career) and she has shaved more than one stroke from her All-America First-Team stroke average from a season ago.
Westrup Year-By-Year Year 1st Top 5 Top 10 Avg. 2006 1 5 5 73.64 2007 2 5 5 72.59 Totals 3 10 10 73.11
RANKING THE ACC WOMEN’S GOLFERS
National, ACC Player of the Year and All-ACC candidate Caroline Westrup is one of the top golfers in the nation and the ACC. Entering the 2007 ACC Championship, Westrup owns the second best scoring average in the ACC, is ranked 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 Blumenhurst, Duke 71.14 Caroline Westrup, Florida State 72.59 Leah Wigger, Virginia 73.63
WESTRUP NAMED MID-SEASON PLAYER OF THE YEAR
National, ACC Player of the Year and All-ACC candidate Caroline Westrup, the nation’s No. 3 ranked women’s collegiate player, has 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 ACC Championship.
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
SHAUL A NEWCOMER TO THE ACC CHAMPIONSHIP
Senior Kayla Shaul (Cumming, Ga.) will play in her first ACC Championship this weekend at the Carmel Country Club. She is though, no stranger to post-season play. She played in three events as a member of the Seminoles’ starting lineup as a junior including the NCAA East Regional and NCAA Championship. Shaul’s play in the 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.
BRUMMETT TO PLAY IN THIRD CAREER ACC CHAMPIONSHIP
Junior Whitney Brummett (Eureka, Mo.) will play in her team-leading third ACC Championship when the Seminoles begin play this weekend in Charlotte. Brummett and fellow junior Whitney Wright (Rockingham, N.C.) will both make their third appearances in the ACC Championship. Brummett finished in a tie for 15th place in the individual standings at the 2006 event – the best conference finish of her career and one of six top 15 career finishes for the Seminoles who have played in 27 of 28 tournaments during her Florida State career.
Brummett In The ACC Championship
Season LR TS TF TF
2005 76 243 T25 6
2006 76 231 T15 5
WRIGHT ENJOYING HER BEST SEASON
Junior Whitney Wright enters the 19th annual ACC Championship enjoying the best season of her career. She is averaging a career-low 78.33 strokes in 15 rounds during five tournaments this spring and is one of only two Seminoles (also Caroline Westrup) who has played in all five events for Florida State this season. Wright earned her career-best finish of tied for fourth in leading the Seminoles to the championship of the Chrysler Challenge in February. She carded her career-low round score of 71 in the third round of the Chrysler Challenge to finish with a near career-low tying 226 tournament score for the 54-hole event. Wright earned the best finish of her career at the Spring 2005 Ryder/Florida Championship as she finished in a tie for fifth in leading the Seminoles to the team championship in the event.
Breaking Down Whitney Wright Season By Season Season LR BF Avg. Fall 2004 72 T38 80.33 Spring 2005 74 T5 80.13 Fall 2005 73 T31 79.92 Spring 2006 76 T28 80.42 Fall 2006 78 T64 81.20 Spring 2007 71 T4 78.33
COUSART MAKING FIRST ACC CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCE
Sophomore Lauren Cousart (Athens, Ga.) will also make the first ACC Championship appearance of her career this weekend in Charlotte. She has played in a career-high four 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. Cousart finished tied for seventh place in the individual standings at the Chrysler Challenge to earn the top finish of her career. She earned her career-best, single-round score of 72 in the third round of the spring 2007 Lady Gator Invitational.
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.