Nov. 3, 2006
ORLANDO, Fla. –
The Florida State University women’s golf team defeated Florida and narrowly lost to Duke on the first day of the National Golf Coaches’ Association Match Play Championship at Eagle Creek Golf Club. The Seminoles defeated the Gators handily in their first match, 5-0, before falling to Duke, 2-1-2. The match against the Blue Devils came down to the Seminoles’ No. 1 and No. 2 players and Duke’s No. 1 and No. 2 players with the winners taking the match for their respective teams. Both individual matches ended in ties giving Duke the team victory with a 2-1-2 record in the five-woman competition.
The Seminoles will face third seeded Auburn in their first match on Saturday. Auburn defeated Alabama but lost to Michigan State in its two matches Friday.
“We had them; we gave them a run for their money,” said Head Coach Debbie Dillman after falling to Duke in the second match of the afternoon. “To lose like that is a heartbreaker but every player on our team played very well. It’s exciting to see our improvement each week. Our performance today proves to the rest of the country what we already believe – we are a very good golf team and we are only going to get better in the spring and in the future.”
After victories by Duke’s Alison Whitaker over Florida State’s Kayla Shaul (1-up) and Duke’s Jennie Lee over Florida State’s Whitney Wright (five and four) in the five and four matches gave Duke a 2-0 lead, Florida State’s Whitney Brummett defeated Anna Grzebien of Duke (1-up) to bring Florida State back into the match. It was then up to the No. 1 and No. 2 players on both teams.
The No. 2 match pitted Florida State’s Jaclyn Burch against Duke’s Amanda Blumenhurst. Burch jumped out to a lead and was 1-up after the first six holes. Blumenhurst tied the match on the seventh hole and was herself 1-up after holes 13 and 14. Burch won the 15th hole and the two players remained all-square over the final four holes to finish tied.
The match then came down to the final competition – Florida State’s No. 1 Caroline Westrup against Duke’s No. 1 Jennifer Pandolfi. Westrup entered the competition as the nation’s No. 1 ranked collegiate golfer by GolfWeek Magazine while Pandolfi entered the competition ranked in the top 15. Westrup took a quick lead and was 1-up through the first four holes before Pandolfi recovered and tied the match after the front nine. Westrup took the lead on the 10th hole and held as much as a 3-up lead after the 14th hole before Pandolfi again got a second wind. She won three of the final four holes to pull even and half the match.
Florida State dominated Florida in winning all five matches contested between the two teams. The Seminoles played so well that only three of the five individual matches went the entire 18 holes one and one lasting only 15 holes.
Seminole All-America Caroline Westrup, playing in the featured match of the top two players on each team won her match four and three over Ornella Jouven. Westrup took the look lead on the fourth hole of the match and never looked back. She increased her lead throughout the match and led by four holes with only three remaining to earn the victory.
(7) Florida State def. (10) Florida, 5-0-0 Caroline Westrup, FSU def. Ornella Jouven, UF, 4 and 3 Jaclyn Burch, FSU def. Sandra Gal, UF, 1-up Whitney Brummett, FSU def. Eleanor Tucker, UF, 3 and 1 Whitney Wright, FSU def. Mallory Blackwelder, UF, 3 and 1 Kayla Shaul, FSU def. Tiffany Chudy, UF, 1-up
(2) Duke def. Florida State (7), 2-1-2 Caroline Westrup, FSU, tied Jennifer Pandolfi, Duke, AS Jaclyn Burch, FSU tied Amanda Blumenhurst, Duke, AS Whitney Brummett, FSU, def. Anna Grzebien, Duke, 1-up Jennie Lee, Duke, def, Whitney Wright, FSU, 5 and 4 Alison Whitaker, Duke def. Kayla Shaul, FSU, 1-up