April 17, 2009
GREENSBORO, N.C. –
Florida State University senior All-American Caroline Westrup is in a tie for 13th place and the Seminole women’s golf team is in a tie for sixth place after the first round of play at the 21st Annual Atlantic Coast Conference women’s golf championship at the Sedgefield Country Club. Westrup is bidding to become the first Seminole to win the ACC individual championship in this weekend’s event.
No. 11 ranked Wake Forest holds the team lead and a nine stroke advantage over No. 3 ranked Virginia. The Demon Deacons have three golfers in the top five of the individual standings including Natalie Sheary — the overall leader. Sheary carded a five-under par 66 and leads second place Callie Nielson of Virginia by four strokes. Sheary was five under par over her last 11 holes to assume the first round lead.
Westrup, who is playing in her first event in nearly one month, is in a tie for 13th place in the individual standings after shooting a four-over par score of 75. She was two over par on both sides of the course with unfortunate double bogeys on holes six and 16. Westrup carded 15 holes of par or better with two birdies. She has finished as the runner-up in this event in the last two years to Duke’s Amanda Blumenherst. Blumenherst is in a tie for fifth place with a two over par score of 75.
Westrup is nine strokes behind Sheary and only two strokes from moving into the top five of the individual standings.
“The course is very hilly and plays very long,” said Westrup. “I became tired quickly and just need to get my strength back in the next two rounds. This is a difficult course and not easy to play when you are not at 100 percent. I am encouraged and should be back to playing well tomorrow.”
Sophomore Macarena Silva also played well over the first 18 holes of the tournament and is in 16th place in the individual standings with a five over par score of 76. Silva played the first nine at one over par with six pars, one birdie and two bogeys. A double bogey and two bogeys on the back nine cost her four strokes and she finished as Florida State’s second leading golfer during the round.
The second round of the tournament – considered to be moving day in a three round tournament – begins tomorrow at 8:30 for Florida State. The Seminoles will play with Boston College and Miami.
21st Annual Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Golf Championship Sedgefield Country Club/Greensboro, N.C./April 17-19, 2009/Par 71 First Round Florida State Results T6/9. Florida State 317 T13. Caroline Westrup 75 16. Macarena Silva 76 T30. Whitney Wenglasz 81 T36. Hannah Thomson 85 40. Lacey Agnew 87
21st Annual Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Golf Championship Sedgefield Country Club/Greensboro, N.C./April 17-19, 2009/Par 71 First Round Team Results 1. Wake Forest 286 2. Virginia 295 3. North Carolina 300 4. NC State 302 5. Duke 309 T6. Maryland 317 T6. Florida State 317 8. Boston College 334 9. Miami 339