April 19, 2008
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. –
The Florida State women’s golf team remained in third place in the team standings while the Seminoles’ junior All-American Caroline Westrup moved into a tie for third place in the individual standings as the second round of the 20th Annual Atlantic Coast Conference on the Legends Course at LPGA International came to a close on Saturday. The Seminoles trail Virginia and Duke by 10 strokes in the race for the team championship. The final round of the event begins at 7:30 on Sunday morning.
Virginia was challenged throughout the second round and held on to its team lead until the final two holes of the round. The Cavaliers led Duke by 10 strokes after the first round and are tied with Blue Devils heading into the final round. The Seminoles trailed Virginia by 12 strokes after the first round and begin final round play only 10 strokes behind the Cavaliers and Blue Devils. Florida State is looking for its highest finish in the ACC Championship since finishing in second place in 1999.
“We are playing very consistently right now and I want us to get over that level of comfort,” said Head Coach Debbie Dillman. “I want us to take our play up a notch tomorrow in the final round. I am excited about how we are playing but I know we can play better. We are playing well and I want us to keep playing well. I just want us to play better as we play the third round of this tournament.”
Westrup began the second round in a tie for sixth place after shooting a two-over par 74 in the first round. She carded a one-under par 71 in the second round and has a two day total of 143. Westrup begins play in the final round only one stroke behind Calle Nielson of Virginia (the individual leader) and two strokes behind Duke’s Amanda Blumenherst. Westrup is paired with both Nielson and Bluemnherst in the final round as she plays for the first ACC individual championship of her career.
“I feel like I played a solid round today,” said Westrup. “I was on the fringe all day and I just need to keep it rolling tomorrow. I need to trust my lines and not over read the greens. This is a difficult course. The wind has made it harder; it played opposite today from the way it played yesterday. Three strokes is something I feel I can make up. I am playing with two great golfers and I need to play my own game. I need to focus on myself and make as good a score as possible.”
Junior Lauren Cousart (Athens, Ga.) played he second best round of the year as she shot an even par 72. She was even par on both side of the course with one birdie and one bogey on the front nine and two birdies and two bogies in the back nine. The rest of her 12 holes were at par for the afternoon. Cousart was never more than one stroke over par during the round and was even or better over the final six holes of the round. Her score of 72 was her best since shooting a career-best 70 in the third round of the fall 2007 Cougar Classic. Cousart is in a tie for eighth place in the individual standings.
Seniors Whitney Wright (Rockingham, N.C.) and Whitney Brummett (Eureka, Mo.) enjoyed fine rounds with both golfers improving their scores by in the second round as compared to the first round. Wright was two-under par through her first 13 holes of the afternoon and finished with a two-over par score of 74. She has a two-day total of 149. Brummett played 12 holes at par or better with three birdies. Wright is in a tie for 14th place and Brummett is in a tie for 22nd in the individual standings.
Freshman Macarena Silva (Santiago, Chile) carded a four-over par 76 and is in tie for 16th place with a two day total of 150. She carded a 74 in the first round of the event.
20th Annual ACC Women's Championship/Par 72/April 18-20, 2008 Legends Course/LPGA International/Daytona Beach, Fla. 3/9. Florida State 296 293 589 T3. Caroline Westrup 72 71 143 T8. Lauren Cousart 75 72 147 T14. Whitney Wright 75 74 149 T16. Macarena Silva 74 76 150 T22 Whitney Brummett 77 76 153
20th Annual ACC Women's Championship/Par 72/April 18-20, 2008 Legends Course/LPGA International/Daytona Beach, Fla. 1. Virginia 579 6. Maryland 613 2. Duke 579 7. NC State 614 3. Florida State 589 8. Miami 615 4. Wake Forest 596 9. Boston College 643 5. North Carolina 606