April 28, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The Florida State University women’s golf team, which finished in third place at the 2008 ACC Championship, has been selected to participate in the NCAA Central Regional Championship May 8-10 at the University of Texas Golf Club in Austin, Tex. It marks the 15th time in the last 18 years that the Seminoles have been selected to participate in the regional championships which will be staged at three different courses around the nation next week. A total of 63 teams and nine individuals were selected to play in the three different locations to determine the top 24 teams in the nation who will then compete in the NCAA Championship Tournament May 20-23 at the Championship Golf Course at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, N.M.
Florida State enters the NCAA Central Regional coming off its best outing of the year – a third place finish at the ACC Championship. The Seminoles earned their highest ACC Championship of third place since 2001 when it also finished in third place. The Seminoles challenged No. 1 ranked Duke during the ACC championship and pulled ahead of the Blue Devils during the third round before finishing as the second runner-up.
The Seminoles have played in all but three regional championships since the NCAA adopted the regional qualifying format in 1991. Seminole Head Coach Debbie Dillman, in her 24th season, has led Florida State to 15 regional appearances and eight championship round appearances. Florida State has finished in the national top-20 in three of the last five years and finished in a tie for 16th place in the national championship tournament in 2006.
“We are playing our best golf right now so we are excited about being selected for the regionals,” said Dillman. “We played a very tough schedule this spring in order to prepare for the post season and are very happy with how we are playing. The course at the University of Texas is a great layout and we feel like we have prepared ourselves to play well on any type of course. We are playing well when we need to be and are excited about being in the NCAA’s again.”
Florida State is led by All-American Caroline Westrup (Ahus, Sweden) who has finished as the Seminoles’ leading golfer in eight of the teams nine events this year. She is averaging 73.15 strokes per round and has finished in the top seven of the individual standings in four of her last six outings. Westrup claimed her fourth career victory as she earned individual medalist honors at the LSU/Cleveland Classic in March. She finished as the runner-up in the 2008 ACC Championship for the second straight year and has finished in the top four of the ACC Championship in each of her first three appearances in the event.
Joining Westrup in the Seminoles’ starting line-up are three experienced upperclassmen and one standout freshman. Seniors Whitney Brummett (Eureka, Mo.) and Whitney Wright (Rockingham, N.C) are fourth-year players who have played in virtually every Seminole event during their careers; junior Lauren Cousart (Athens, Ga.) played in the 2008 East Regional Championship and freshman Macarena Silva (Santiago, Chile) is a nominee for ACC Freshman of the Year.
Brummett, who finished in a tie for 35th place in the 2006 NCAA East Regional Championship, will play in her three career regional championship at Texas. She has five career top-10 individual finishes on her career resume. She is averaging 76.52 strokes per round as a senior. Wright played in the 2007 NCAA East Regional Championship and has two top-10 career finishes. She finished in a tie for 11th place at the LSU/Cleveland Classic in March. Cousart also played in the 2007 NCAA East Regional and has two top-20 finishes in two career ACC Championship appearances. She is averaging a career-low 77.83 strokes per round in five events this year. Silva finished in a tie for ninth place in the individual standings at the 2008 ACC Championship to earn her first career top-10 finish. She is averaging 77.00 stroke per round entering the regional championship.
The Seminoles finished eighth in the NCAA Regional and tied for 19th at the NCAA Championship in 2003. In 2004, Florida State finished fourth in the NCAA Regional and tied for 19th at the NCAA Championship. In 2006 the Seminoles also finished fourth at the NCAA Regional and tied for 16th at the NCAA Championship. In 2007, the Seminoles finished in a tie for 11th at the NCAA East Regional in Baton Rouge, La.
NCAA Central Regional Teams: Florida State, UCLA, Purdue, Alabama, Denver, Kent State, Pepperdine, LSU, Texas A&M, Notre Dame, Texas, TCU, North Carolina State, East Tennessee State, Texas Tech, Washington, Nebraska, Texas State, Illinois State, Fairleigh Dickinson