April 18, 2008
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. –
State junior All-American Caroline Westrup is in a tie for sixth place and the Seminole women’s golf team is in third place after the first round of the 20th Annual ACC Women’s Golf Championship on the Legends Course at LPGA International. Westrup finished as one of seven players who carded scores of even par or better in the first round and begins play in the second round only three strokes behind Joy Kim of Virginia – the individual leader.
With three Cavaliers occupying the top three spots in the individual standings, the Virginia women’s golf team is in first place in the team standings The Cavaliers are 10 strokes ahead of top ranked Duke and 12 strokes ahead of Florida State which is in third place in the team standings. Virginia, which is ranked 22nd in this week’s Golf Week / Sagarin Poll, is looking to win its first ever ACC championship in the sport of women’s golf. The Cavaliers finished as the runner-up team in this event in 2006. Virginia carded a 284 team total – its best of the fall 2007 and spring 2008 seasons. Duke, the nation’s No. 1 ranked team, has won the last 12 ACC women’s golf championships. The Blue Devils finished with a team total of 292. The Seminoles are ranked 28th in the Golf Week poll this week.
The round was played on a well manicured course during a picture perfect day.
Westrup (Ahus, Sweden) played very consistently throughout the round with 15 holes at par or better with two birdies on her front nine. She was even par over her last 15 holes of the afternoon. Westrup was even par on her final seven holes of the afternoon. She is only three strokes behind Virginia’s Kim and only two strokes behind the Cavaliers Calle Nileson. She has earned two top five individual finishes in two previous ACC Championship appearances – second in 2007 and fourth in 2006.
Freshman Macarena Silva (Santiago, Chile) carded a two-over par score of 74. She played one of the best rounds of her career with 16 holes of par and only two bogeys. Silva pared her first 10 holes and was never more than two strokes over par during the entire round. She entered the tournament averaging 77.43 strokes per round and finished more than three stokes below her average in her first career ACC appearance. She is in a tie for 11th place in the individual standings.
Junior Lauren Cousart (Athens, Ga.) and senior Whitney Wright (Rockingham, N.C.) are tied for 18th place with identical scores of three-over par 75. Cousart was even par over her first 11 holes and finished at three-over par on her final seven holes. Cousart is playing in her second ACC Championship after finishing in a tie for 15th place in 2007. Wright, who is playing in her fourth ACC Championship, is looking to earn the top finish of her career after finishing in 16th place in 2005.
Senior Whitney Brummett (Eureka, Mo.), who played as the Seminoles’ No. 1 player in the first round, is in a tie for 28th place after carding a 77.
“I am happy with the way we played today,” said Head Coach Debbie Dillman. “Our younger players (Westrup, Silva and Cousart) had solid rounds and our seniors played very well. They are all excited about where we stand and are looking forward to getting back out on the course Saturday.”
20th Annual ACC Women's Championship/Par 72/April 18-20, 2008 Legends Course/LPGA International/Daytona Beach, Fla. 3/9. Florida State 296 T6. Caroline Westrup 72 T11. Macarena Silva 74 T18. Lauren Cousart 75 T18. Whitney Wright 75 T28. Whitney Brummett 77
20th Annual ACC Women's Championship/Par 72/April 18-20, 2008 Legends Course/LPGA International/Daytona Beach, Fla. 1. Virginia 284 6. Miami 300 2. Duke 294 7. North Carolina 304 3. Florida State 296 8. Maryland 307 T4. Wake Forest 299 9. Boston College 321 T4. NC State 299