May 12, 2007
Baton Rouge, La. –
Florida State All-American Caroline Westrup shot a two-under par 70 in the final round, finished with a career-best eight-under par 208 and advanced as an individual to the NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship to be held at the LPGA International Course in Daytona Beach, Fla., May 22-25. She becomes the third Seminole player to advance to the national championships as an individual. Westrup finished in a tie for fifth place but was the best scoring individual not on an advancing team as play in the NCAA East Regional Championship at the University Club came to a conclusion Saturday.
Florida State finished in a tie for 11th place in the team standings – three places and only eight strokes behind eighth place Louisville – and narrowly missed advancing to the championship as a team for the fourth time in the last five seasons. The Seminoles began the final round 14 strokes out of the chase for the championship and played well enough to put themselves in position to qualify for the final weekend of play. The Seminoles were within five strokes of the eighth position and in 11th place during the round.
“I am both happy and sad at the same time,” said Westrup after completing her round. “I am happy that I get to keep playing but I have a hollow feeling because my teammates won’t be playing with me at nationals. It is a goal of ours to go as a team every year and this year we didn’t get there as a team. I know they are all happy for me but they are my teammates and I will miss playing with them. I am also happy because even though we will not have Kayla (Shaul) next season, both of the Whitney’s (Brummett and Wright) and Lauren (Cousart) will be back to make us a very strong team next season.”
With six birdies among Florida State’s top four players on the front nine, the Seminoles were at even par and making a move at the cut line at the turn after hole nine. The Seminoles had a team score of par despite bogies from three different players on the ninth hole. With a team score of 285, the Seminoles played the fourth best round of any team in the event in the final round.
Westrup carded her third round of sub-par golf as she finished with a two-under par 70 in the final round. She finished in a tie for fifth place. Westrup established school records for lowest score in an NCAA Regional (208), lowest score as compared to par in an NCAA Regional (-8) and lowest single-round score in an NCAA Regional (69 in the first and second rounds). Her individual finish of tied for fifth is the second-best regional finish in school history – second only to her own tied for third finish at the 2006 NCAA East Regional at Brown’s Summitt, N.C.
Senior Kayla Shaul (Cumming, Ga.) finished with an three-par score of 69 in the final round and a three-round total of one-over par 217. She proved to be quite a postseason player as she helped lead the Seminoles to strong appearances in each of the last two NCAA Regional championships. Shaul’s score of 69 and her three-round tournament score of 217 are the best of her Seminole career. She birdied the final three holes of the third round to finish as Florida State’s low scorer in a round for the first time in her career.
Junior Whitney Brummett (Eureka, Mo.) played her best round of the tournament and finished with a final round score of even-par 72. She improved her score by eight stokes from the second round after shooting an uncharacteristic 80 on Friday. Brummett’s score of 72 is the second best NCAA Regional score of her career – she shot a 70 in the second round of last year’s regional.
Junior Whitney Wright (Rockingham, N.C.) also played her best round of the regional as she finished with a two-over par score of 74. She earned two birdies on both the front and back nine but was one-over par on each side. Wright’s tournament score of 226 was the Seminoles’ third best of the tournament as she played in her first career NCAA Regional championship.
Sophomore Lauren Cousart (Athens, Ga.) performed well in her first career postseason appearance as he closed her event with a seven-over par score of 79. She carded a three-over par 75 in the first round and averaged 77.33 strokes per round – nearly 1.5 strokes fewer than she did in 15 rounds during the spring season.
“We gave it a great shot and I am very proud of all of our players,” said Head Coach Debbie Dillman. “We knew we would play well today and we all did; it’s one of the marks of a Florida State golfer – one who never gives up. I am excited for Caroline bur our team deserved better. We played really well in a really tough regional and played well enough to move on to nationals. With the way we finished today I am even more excited about next season than I was after our strong performance at ACC’s.
No. 1 ranked Duke stormed back to win the regional championship as the Blue Devils carded a 16-under par team score of 272 to defeat UCLA by two strokes. Duke was led by ACC Player of the Year Amanda Blumenherst who shot a course record 63. The single-round score of 63 tied the Blue Devil record at nine strokes under par. The single-round score Duke school record of 62 came by Liz Janangelo in the Florida State hosted ACC/SEC Challenge during the fall of 2005.
2007 NCAA East Regional/Par 72/Final FSU Results LSU University Club/Baton Rouge, La./May 10-12, 2007 T11/21. Florida State 292 298 285 875 T5. Caroline Westrup 69 69 70 208 T25. Kayla Shaul 73 75 69 217 T71. Whitney Wright 76 76 74 226 T74. Whitney Brummett 75 80 72 227 T93. Lauren Cousart 75 78 79 232
2007 NCAA East Regional/Par 72/Final Team Results LSU University Club/Baton Rouge, La./May 10-12, 2007 1. Duke 844 T11. Furman 875 2. UCLA 846 13. Texas A&M 878 3. Wake Forest 858 14. Louisiana State 881 T4. Purdue 861 15. Birmingham Southern 890 T4. Auburn 861 16. College of Charleston 892 6. North Carolina 861 17. South Florida 895 7. Alabama 868 18. NC State 901 8. Louisville 870 19. Western Carolina T9. South Carolina 874 20. Jacksonville State T9. Virginia 874 21. Jackson State T11. Florida State 875