Feb. 24, 2008
RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico –
Junior All-American Caroline Westrup is tied for second in the individual standings and the Florida State women’s golf team is tied for third in the team standings after the first round of the spring season opening Lady Puerto Rico at the Coco Beach Golf and Country Club. Westrup carded a two-under par 70 and is only two strokes behind the individual leader while the Seminoles are only three strokes behind Alabama and TCU who are tied for the team lead.
Alabama, ranked 20th nationally, and Texas Christian hold the first round team lead with identical scores of 293. The Crimson Tide and the Horned Frogs both have two players in the top 15 and three in the top 20. The Seminoles, with three players in the top 30, are tied with Arkansas for third place in the team standings. Florida State is only three strokes behind Alabama and TCU.
“This is a good golf course four us and we are very optimistic about our chances to play well over the next two days,” said Head Coach Debbie Dillman. “It is very windy and the course is surrounded by a lot of water but we did a good job of controlling our shots and keeping them in play today. We finished well in the first round and we are looking forward to getting back out on the course.”
Westrup (Ahus, Sweden) shot a two-under par 70 and is only two strokes behind Stacy Lewis of Arkansas who finished the first round with a four-under par score of 68. Westrup shot a 37 on her front nine and came back with a 33 on the back nine. She is in a group of three who are tied for second and two strokes behind Lewis. Should a battle develop between Westrup and Lewis, it would match two of the top golfers in the nation – Westrup is a two-time All-American for the Seminoles and Lewis is the reigning NCAA Champion.
“Caroline played well today and is excited to get back out on the course on Monday,” said Dillman. “She feels like she left a couple of shots on the course and wants to get them beck. She sees Stacy Lewis out of the corner of her eye – that should develop into a fun battle over the next two days.”
Freshman Macarena Silva (Santiago, Chile), who is playing in her third collegiate match, carded a three-over par score of 75 and is in a tie for 29th place. She played well on her back nine as she closed her round with a 36 after scoring a 39 over her first nine holes. Silva is tied with teammate Whitney Brummett (Eureka, Mo.) who was very consistent on the day with scores of 38 on her front nine and 37 on her back nine. The Seminole pair of Silva and Brummett is only four strokes from moving into the top five of the individual standings.
Senior Whitney Wright (Rockingham, N.C.) and sophomore Lacey Agnew (Jonesboro, Ga.) are tie for 38th place in the individual standings after carding identical scores of four-over par 76. The pair are only three strokes from moving into the top 10 in the individual standings.
The second and third rounds of the event are schedule for Monday and Tuesday. The Seminoles are looking for their best finish of the year after earning three top-15 finishes including an eighth place standing at the Cougar Classic during the fall season.
Lady Puerto Rico Classic/Coco Beach Golf and Country Club/First Round Results Rio Grande, Puerto Rico/Par 70/Feb. 24-26, 2008 T3/18. Florida State 296 T2. Caroline Westrup 70 T29. Macarena Silva 75 T29. Whitney Brummett 75 T38. Whitney Wright 76 T38. Lacey Agnew 76
Lady Puerto Rico Classic/Coco Beach Golf and Country Club/First Round Results Rio Grande, Puerto Rico/Par 70/Feb. 24-26, 2008 T1. Alabama 293 T8. Tennessee 299 T1. TCU 293 T8. Purdue 299 T3. Florida State 296 T12. Michigan 302 T3. Arkansas 296 T12. Texas Tech 302 T5. Louisiana State 297 T14. NC State 308 T5. UCF 297 T14. Oklahoma 308 7. Georgia 298 16. Wisconsin 313 T8. South Carolina 299 17. Minnesota 315 T8. Kent State 299 18. Iowa State 316