Sept. 14, 2008
HANAHAN, S.C. –
Senior All-America Caroline Westrup shot a three-under par 69 and is in a tie for third place in the individual standings and the Florida State women’s golf team is in a tie for fifth place in the team standings after the first round of the season-opening Cougar Classic at Yeaman’s Hall Golf Club. Westrup is only one stroke off of the lead as she has put herself in an early position to earn the fifth tournament championship of her career.
Virginia and Georgia both fired a 288 team score in the first round to sit atop the team leader board while Virginia’s Whitney Neuhasuer and Georgia’s Mallory Hetzel both shot a 68 in the first round and are tied for the individual lead. Florida State is only four strokes behind the standard set by Virginia and Georgia.
“I like where we are at after the first round,” said head coach Debbie Dillman. “We had a good start and slipped a few shots at the end of the round. But it was a good way to start off. They got a round under their belts and were able to get some of the opening round nervousness out of their systems. They are playing well as a team and that’s what we are really looking for as coaches as we begin the season.”
Westrup, the first three-time All-America in school history, played well and was never above par during the round. She pared the first five holes of the round before earning a birdie on hole No. 6 to take her school under par where she remained for the remainder of the round. She finished the front nine at one under par and played even better on the back nine as she carded three birdies and only one bogey to finish with a three-under par score of 69. Westrup finished her round with two birdies on her final four holes of the afternoon.
Sophomore Macarena Silva is in a tie for 16th place after the first round with a one over par score of 73. She carded 14 rounds of par or better with three birdies as she came within one stroke of tying her career best score of 72. After bogeying the first two holes of the event, she finished one under par on the final 16 holes of the round. Silva recorded birdies on two of her final four holes of the afternoon.
Senior Lauren Cousart also played well as she carded a two-over par score of 74. She is in a tie for 27th place in the individual standings. Cousart was even through the first 11 holes of the round before finishing the round at two-over par. She is playing in the Cougar Classic for the third time in her career and her score of 74 is her second best single round score in 10 total rounds. She has carded a 70 and a 74 in – her best two scores – in her last two rounds played in the event.
Monday’s second round is a fixed tee format and begins at 7:40 a.m.
Cougar Classic/Yeaman's Hall Golf Club/Par 72 Hanahan, S.C./Sept. 14-16, 2008 T5/22. Florida State 292 T3. Caroline Westrup 69 T16. Macarena Silva 73 T27. Lauren Cousart 74 T54. Hannah Thomson 75 T81. Lacey Agnew 79
Cougar Classic/Yeaman's Hall Golf Club/Par 72 Hanahan, S.C./Sept. 14-16, 2008 T1. Virginia 288 T11. Furman 301 Georgia 288 T13. Tulane 303 3. South Carolina 290 T13. Maryland 303 4. NC State 291 15. South Florida 304 5. Florida State 292 16. Mississippi State 305 T5. North Carolina 292 17. Ole Miss 307 7. Alabama 293 T18. Tennessee 308 T8. Louisiana State 297 T18. Miami 308 T8. Notre Dame 297 20. Richmond 310 10. Col. of Charleston 300 21. UNC Greensboro 315 T11. Wisconsin 301 22. Charleston Southern 322