March 20, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The Florida State University women’s golf team, which won the Louisiana State/Cleveland Golf Classic last week, plays in the 2008 Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic at the University of Georgia Golf Course in Athens, Ga., March 21-23. The Seminoles are ranked No. 29 in this week’s national ranking by GolfStat – their highest ranking of the 2007-08 fall and spring seasons. Florida State will compete against 12 of the top 25 ranked teams in the nation at the Liz Murphey. The Seminoles finished in 10th place in the event last season with junior All-American Caroline Westrup finishing in a tied for third in the individual standings. The Seminoles will continue their strong spring schedule next week as they travel to play in their fourth tournament in as many weeks at the Bryan National Collegiate Classic in Greensboro, N.C.
THE 2008 LIZ MURPHEY COLLEGIATE CLASSIC FIELD
No. 29 Florida State is joined by No. 1 ranked Duke, No. 6 Purdue, No. 10 Auburn, No. 11 Wake Forest, No. 12 Arkansas, No. 13 Georgia, No. 14 Alabama, No. 16 Tennessee, No. 18 Kent State, No. 20 Louisiana State, No. 22 Texas A&M, No. 25 Vanderbilt, No. 27 Virginia, No. 30 South Carolina, No. 39 Furman, No. 41 UCF and No. 60 Kentucky in one of the most power-packed tournaments in the nation this season. The tournament will be played on the Par 72, 6,335 yard University of Georgia Golf Course. Auburn, the defending tournament champion, is in this year’s field and will look to defend their team title. Leah Wigger, who graduated from the University of Virginia in 2007, won the individual championship in the event last season.
SEMINOLE SUCCESS UNDER DILLMAN
Florida State won the team championship at the Louisiana State/Cleveland Golf Classic in its last outing. The team championship marked the 21st and third in the last two years under Head Coach Debbie Dillman. The Seminoles have won at least one tournament championship in six of the last seven years.
FLORIDA STATE’S WESTRUP’S FIRST TITLE CAME AT THE MURPHEY
Seminole All-American Caroline Westrup (Ahus, Sweden), who won her fourth career individual title at last week’s LSU Classic, earned her first collegiate championship at the spring 2006 Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic. She shot an even par 216 with rounds of 77-73-71 in the third event of her Seminole career. Westrup has finished in first and tied for third in her first two appearances in the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic. In six rounds during her first two appearances in this event, she is a total of three over par with five of six scores at 73 or below.
WRIGHT ENJOYS BEST TOURNAMENT OF CAREER AT LSU
Senior Whitney Wright (Rockingham, N.C.) enjoyed the best tournament of her career as she finished in a tie for 11th place (the second best individual finish of her career), carded a career-best 223 tournament score, finished with a near-career low 70 in the first round of the event (her career-low of 68 came during the fall 2007 Cougar Classic) and earned the lowest 36-hole score of her career (145). Her two-under par score of 70 in the first (70) helped the Seminoles earn their second tournament championship of the year.
COUSART RETURNS TO HER ROOTS
Junior Lauren Cousart (Athens, Ga.) returns to her home course this weekend as she plays in the Seminoles’ starting line-up at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic. She has been in the Florida State’s line-up in each of the last two events and helped the Seminoles win the team championship at the LSU/Cleveland Golf Classic last week.
SEMINOLE WOMEN'S GOLF STATISTICS (FALL 2007/SPRING 2008 COMBINED) Name Tourn. Rds Par -75 Low Strokes Avg. Caroline Westrup 6 18 8 15 66 1,304 72.44 Whitney Wright 6 18 2 9 68 1,366 75.89 Whitney Brummett 6 18 3 7 71 1,374 76.33 Macarena Silva 5 15 2 4 72 1,151 76.73 Lauren Cousart 3 9 1 2 70 698 77.56 Lacey Agnew 4 12 0 1 74 947 78.92