May 11, 2006
BROWNS SUMMIT, N.C. –
Florida State University freshman Caroline Westrup shot a 71 and is tied for sixth in the individual standings and the Seminole women’s golf team is in 10th place in the team standings after the first round of the NCAA East Regional Championship at Bryan Park Golf Club. The top eight teams in the 21-team field will advance to the NCAA Championship May 23-26 at The Ohio State University. Each of the 21 teams is scheduled to play two more rounds of 18 holes each round over the next two days.
The Seminoles earned a 297 team score (their second best of the spring season) despite playing under the constant threat of rain and increasing wind speed on both sides of the course throughout the round. The Seminoles played well as a team with their highest individual score coming in at five-over par 77.
“We are pleased with how we played in the first round,” said Head Coach Debbie Dillman. “We were sitting at even for a long time and let a few shots in the middle of the round get away from us. If we can save a few holes in the middle rounds tomorrow, we can get right back into the hunt. We wanted to stay consistent today and we did that. You can’t win this tournament on the first day but you can knock yourself out of it on the first day. We didn’t knock ourselves out and I know we can play well tomorrow.”
Westrup (Ahus, Sweden), who was one-under par on the back nine and even par on the front nine, came within one shot of tying her career best single-round score as she finished her first career NCAA Tournament round at one-under par. She shot a career-low 70 in the first round of the Lady Gamecock Classic on March 10. Westrup carded four birdies, three bogies and 11 holes at par during the round. Westrup is the 22nd ranked individual player in the nation and was an All-ACC selection this spring.
“I was happy how I played from tee to green but I know that I am a better putter than I showed today,” said Westrup. “I had good yardage to the greens and was very confident with my shots all day long. I just have to keep thinking one shot at a time. I have to think fairway to green and keep giving myself birdie chances on each hole. I have to keep doing my best, taking it slow and concentrating on each shot. It feels good to be ranked among the leaders. I want to be among the leaders at the end of the tournament when it really matters.”
Junior Jaclyn Burch (Wildwood, Mo.) carded a three-over par 75 and is tied for 39th place in the individual standings. It was her 10th single-round score of 75 or better this spring and kept her tied with Westrup for the team lead with scores at 75 or better this spring. Burch is playing in her second career NCAA Regional Championship. She helped the Seminoles to a fourth place finish in the 2004 NCAA East Regional.
Junior Kayla Shaul (Cumming, Ga.) tied her season-low score with a three-over par 75 and is also tied for 39th. She is playing in the Seminoles’ starting lineup for the second time this spring and the fifth time this year. Shaul’s score of 75 tied her season-best score of 75 which she also carded in the second round of the LSU/Cleveland Golf Classic on March 4.
Sophomore Whitney Brummett (Eureka, Mo.) carded a 76 and senior Caroline Larsson (Danderyd, Sweden) carded a 77. Brummett is playing her first career regional while Larsson is playing in the third regional of her career. Larsson has led the Seminoles out of each of the three regionals in which she has played and into the NCAA Championship.
Two teams – 16th ranked Cal and 31st ranked Louisiana State are tied for the team lead after the first round with identical scores of even par 288. The Bears are led by Sofie Andersson and the Tigers are led by Rebecca Kuhn who are both tied for fifth with identical scores of one-under par 71. Jenny Suh of Alabama – the No. 14 ranked individual in the nation – is the individual leader after the first round with a three-under par score of 69.
NCAA Women's Golf East Regional/May 11-13, 2006/Par 72 Bryan Park Golf Course/Browns Summit, N.C./First Round Florida State Results 10/21. Florida State 297 T6. Caroline Westrup 71 T39. Jaclyn Burch 75 T39. Kayla Shaul 75 T50. Whitney Brummett 76 T64. Caroline Larsson 77
NCAA Women's Golf East Regional/May 11-13, 2006/Par 72 Bryan Park Golf Course/Browns Summit, N.C./First Round Team Results T1. Louisiana State 288 T12. NC State 303 T1. California 288 T12. Virginia 303 3. Tennessee 292 14. Maryland 305 4. Auburn 293 15. Arizona State 307 5. Alabama 295 T16. Augusta State 308 T6. South Carolina 296 T16. Campbell 308 T6. North Carolina 296 T16. Yale 308 T6. Vanderbilt 296 19. College of Charleston 309 T6. Wake Forest 296 T20. East Carolina 313 10. Florida State 297 T20. Mississippi State 313 11. Furman 298
Quoting Debbie Dillman on the team’s overall performance and what it will take to move up in the second round on Friday
“We are pleased with how we played in the first round. “We were sitting at even for a long time and let a few shots in the middle of the round get away from us. If we can save a few holes in the middle rounds tomorrow, we can get right back into the hunt. We wanted to stay consistent today and we did that. You can’t win this tournament on the first day but you can knock yourself out of it. We didn’t knock ourselves out and I know we can play well tomorrow.”
Quoting Whitney Brummett on the outstanding condition of the course
“The course is in great condition. The fairways are as close to perfect as you can expect for a course this far north at this time of the year. The greens are really great, the putts are rolling really well and I love the bent grass greens, just like I putt on back home.”
Quoting Jaclyn Burch on the excitement of playing in the NCAA Championship for the second time in her career
“I am so excited to be playing in the NCAA Championship. We are playing with some of the best golfers in the country and it is so neat to see how we compare to the other teams. The regional championship is a great tournament and it means so much to earn our way to play in the event.”
Quoting Caroline Larsson on what this team needs to do over the next two days to finish in the top eight
“We need to keep supporting each other on and off the course and focus on one shot at a time. “That means not getting ahead of ourselves or getting aggravated for a bad hole. We need to remember that everybody in this tournament is going to have a bad hole or a bad shot, but it’s the team that can recover from those shots that will come out on top. If we stay patient and keep having fun both on the golf course and with each other, we will play well and finish in the top eight.”
Quoting Kayla Shaul on playing the first round of her career in the NCAA Championship
“It has always been my dream to play for a Division I team in a NCAA Championship and I couldn’t be with a better group. Playing in the NCAA Championship is very exciting and the competition is intense and I believe this team has the talent and drive to contend for the National Championship (which would also be yet another dream come true).”
Quoting Caroline Westrup on finishing her first round and ranking among the individual leaders
“I was happy how I played from tee to green but I know that I am a better putter than I showed today. I had good yardage to the greens and was very confident with my shots all day long. I just have to keep thinking one shot at a time. I have to think fairway to green and keep giving myself birdie chances on each hole. I have to keep doing my best, taking it slow and concentrating on each shot. It feels good to be ranked among the leaders. I want to be among the leaders at the end of the tournament when it really matters.”