May 26, 2006
COLUMBUS, Ohio –
Florida State finished in 16th in the team standings at the NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship to end the season ranked in the nation’s top 16 for the first time since 1999 and only the third time in school history. The Seminoles, who entered the championship ranked No. 24 nationally, finished the event at the Scarlet Course at The Ohio State University ahead of No. 12 Texas A&M, No. 13 UNLV, No. 19 Kent State and No. 21 Arizona.
No. 1 ranked Duke ran away with the team championship as it defeated Southern Cal by 10 strokes. The Blue Devils won their second consecutive championship after taking the lead from Arizona State (fourth place team finish) on the second day of the event and sprinting to the team championship over the third and fourth rounds. Dewi Schreefel of Southern Cal won the individual title with a two-under par score of 286. She defeated Jennie Lee of Duke by two strokes. The final round of the event was delayed by rain and lightning for approximately one hour at 1:27 p.m.
Florida State set two of records in their seventh appearance in the NCAA Championship. The Seminoles set school records most players finishing in the top 35 of the individual standings (two – Caroline Westrup and Caroline Larsson) and most individual single round scores at 75 or less (eight).
Florida State received three individual scores of 75 from freshman Caroline Westrup, senior Caroline Larsson and junior Jaclyn Burch. In addition, the Seminoles had scores of 77 by junior Kayla Shaul and 82 by sophomore Whitney Brummett.
Westrup (Ahus, Sweden) finished her first NCAA Championship tied for 29tht in the individual standings with a 72-hole total of 299. She averaged 74.75 strokes for the tournament and came within two positions of setting the school record for best individual finish in the NCAA Championship. Westrup finished with scores of 78-74-72-75 for the event to finish with a school-record total for the four-round NCAA Championship. She bettered the existing record of 305 by Kristin Tamulis in 2003 by six strokes.
Westrup birdied her final hole of the day to finish with her team-leading 15th round of the season with a score of 75 or less. It marked the seventh time in seven events this spring that Westrup had finished as the Seminoles’ individual leader.
Larsson (Danderyd, Sweden) finished tied for 33rd in the individual standings with a career-best total of 300 strokes for the championship. She, too, finished with three single-round scores of 75 or better to give her 12 in 22 rounds during the spring 2006 season. Larsson earned her career-best NCAA Championship finish after finishing tied for 88th during the 2003 championship and tied for 59th during the 2004 event. She birdied 11 holes and had two birdies during her final collegiate round.
In playing in the 2006 NCAA Championship, Larsson became the first player in school history to play in three NCAA Championship events.
Brummett (Eureka, Mo.) and Shaul (Cumming, Ga.) finished tied for 88th in the individual standings with identical scores of 311. Brummett carded scores of 76 in the first and third rounds and a 77 in the second round in playing in the first NCAA Championship of her career. Shaul carded consecutive scores of 75-79-77 in the final three rounds of the event in her first career NCAA Championship.
Burch (Wildwood, Mo.) saved her best round for the final round of the championship as she carded a three-over par 75 on Friday. In two career NCAA Championships, Burch has carded her best round of the tournament over the final 18 holes – a 75 in 2006 and a 72 in 2004.
NCAA Division I Women's Championship/Par 72/May 23-26, 2006 Scarlet Course/The Ohio State University/Columbus, Ohio 16/24. Florida State 305 305 301 302 1,213 T29. Caroline Westrup 78 74 72 75 299 T33. Caroline Larsson 72 79 74 75 300 T88. Whitney Brummett 76 77 76 82 311 T88. Kayla Shaul 80 75 79 77 311 T108. Jaclyn Burch 79 84 79 75 317
NCAA Division I Women's Championship/Par 72/May 23-26, 2006 Scarlet Course/The Ohio State University/Columbus, Ohio 1. Duke 1,167 T13. Tennessee 1,209 2. Southern Cal 1,177 T13. Stanford 1,209 3. Pepperdine 1,187 15. Wake Forest 1,211 4. Arizona State 1,195 16. Florida State 1,213 5. California 1,200 17. Arizona 1,216 T6. Georgia 1,202 18. Oklahoma State 1,217 T6. Washington 1,202 19. Texas A&M 1,219 T6. Florida 1,202 20. Nebraska 1,221 9. Purdue 1,203 21. Kent State 1,229 10. Arkansas 1,205 22. UNLV 1,230 11. UCLA 1,207 23. Louisiana State 1,232 12. Auburn 1,208 24. Alabama 1,248