April 15, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The Florida State women’s golf team looks to continue its march to a birth in the NCAA Regional Championships for the 16th time in the last 19 years as they travel to play in the 21st Annual Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Golf Championship April 17-19 at the Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C. The Seminoles finished third in the ACC Championship in 2008 and 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 13-time defending champion in the event – the Blue Devils have won the event each season since 1996. Amanda Blumenherst of Duke is the defending individual champion.
THE ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP FIELD
Florida State is joined by No. 5 Virginia, No. 7 Wake Forest, No. 10 Duke, No. 13 Wake Forest, Boston College, Miami and NC State in the 21st Annual ACC Championship. Duke has won 13 consecutive ACC titles – every championship since the 1996 season. In 2007, Sedgefield Country Club’s famous Donald Ross Golf Course reopened following a major 10 month, $3 Million restoration project which has transformed the golf course back to how Ross intended the course to play, while taking into consideration the changes in golf technology and turf grass development over the last 50 years.
WESTRUP SHOOTING TO BECOME SEMINOLES’ FIRST ACC CHAMPION
Three-time All-American and three-time All-ACC selection has earned many accolades during her outstanding career as a Seminole. Everything that is except for win an ACC individual title. She enters the 21st Annual ACC Championship aiming to become the first Seminole in school history to earn individual medalist honors in the event. Not only does Westrup enter the event looking to become the first Seminole winner but she is looking to become the first Seminole to player to finish in the top four in each of her four years in the event.
Florida State's Top Individual Finishers In The ACC Championship 1992 Mary Lee Cobick 2nd 2001 Kristin Tamulis T3rd 1993 Kelly Pittman 6th 2002 Kristin Tamulis T4th 1994 Karen Stupples T4th 2003 Kristin Tamulis T4th 1995 Tiffany Faucette 2nd 2004 Katie Quinney T5th 1996 Mabel Pascual-Del-Pobil 4th 2005 Jaclyn Burch T10th 1997 Amy Spooner T8th 2006 Caroline Westrup 4th 1998 Sarah Capie T9th 2007 Caroline Westrup 2nd 1999 Amy Spooner 3rd 2008 Caroline Westrup 2nd 2000 Kristin Tamulis 11th
SEMINOLES FINISH IN THIRD PLACE AT THE 2008 ACC CHAMPIONSHIP
Florida State finished in third place in the team standings and junior All-American Caroline Westrup finished in second place in the individual standings in the 20th Annual ACC Championship on the Legends Course at LPGA International. The Seminoles’ third place finish marked the second consecutive season the team had finished in third place at the ACC Championship. Westrup’s second place individual finish tied the highest finish by a Seminole player in school history and marked the second consecutive season she finished as the runner-up. Duke won the championship on the final hole as both teams walked on the 18th green tied after 53 holes. The Blue Devils’ Amanda Blumenherst pared the hole while Virginia’s Calle Nielson bogeyed the hole to give Duke the one-shot victory.
WESTRUP IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
Three-time All-American and three-time ACC selection Caroline Westrup enters the 2009 ACC Championship ranked No. 28 in the latest GolfWeek/Sagarin rankings. She is ranked fifth among ACC players in the individual national rankings.
WESTRUP RETURNS TO PLAY AT ACC CHAMPIONSHIP
Three-time All-American and three-time All-ACC selection Caroline Westrup returns to the Seminoles’ starting line-up after missing the last two events (the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic and the Lady Gator Invitational) because of an illness. She had played in 35 consecutive events for the Seminoles and never missed playing in an event during her Florida State career before missing the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic.
WESTRUP PLAYING FOR SIXTH WIN AT ACC’S
Three-time All-American and three-time All-ACC selection Caroline Westrup will play for the sixth individual title at the 2009 ACC Championship. She has won at least one individual championship in each of her four seasons as a Seminole and earned her most recent win at the fall 2008 season opening Cougar Classic.
>b>Westrup's Individual Championships Event Season Liz Murphey Collegiate Spring 2006 Tar Heel Invitational Fall 2007 Chrysler Challenge Spring 2007 LSU/Cleveland Golf Spring 2008 Cougar Classic Fall 2008
SILVA HAS LED FLORIDA STATE IN LAST TWO EVENTS
Sophomore Macarena Silva has led the Seminoles through their last two events with a pair of top-15 finishes. She finished in a tie for fifth place in the rain-shortened Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic and finished in a tie for 13th place at the Lady Gator Invitational. Silva has now earned three top-15 finishes including her tied for ninth place finish at the 2008 ACC Championship. For Silva, two of her three top-15 finishes have come in her two events leading up to the 2009 ACC Championship.
SILVA ENJOYING BEST SEASON
Sophomore Macarena Silva enters the 2009 ACC Championship with a 75.58 stroke average in 19 rounds during seven tournaments this year. She is averaging nearly two full strokes less this season than she did as a freshman last season.
Silva - Year By Year Season Rounds Strokes Stroke Average 2007-08 27 2,087 77.30 2008-09 19 1.436 75.58 Improvement -1.72
SILVA HAS MISSED ONLY ONE EVENT THIS YEAR
Sophomore Macarena Silva has played in a team-leading seven tournaments this season and is ranked second on the team with a career-low 75.58 stroke average. She missed one event this year – the fall 2008 Tar Heel Invitational – as she represented her home country of Chile in the Women’s World Amateur Championship. She finished in a tie for 68th place in the individual standings and led Chile to a 34th place finish in the team standings.
SEMINOLE WOMEN'S GOLF STATISTICS (FALL 2008/SPRING 2009) Name Torun. Rounds Par -75 Low Strokes Avg. Caroline Westrup 6 16 6 11 66 1,182 73.88 Macarena Silva 7 19 2 9 70 1,436 75.58 Hannah Thomson 3 9 0 2 74 701 77.89 Lauren Cousart 6 16 0 4 73 1,269 79.31 Whitney Wenglasz 6 16 1 3 70 1,273 79.56 Lacey Agnew 7 19 1 1 73 1,521 80.05 Sara Young 4 9 0 0 76 724 80.44 Jamie Kuhn 1 3 0 0 86 265 88.33