May 11, 2007
Baton Rouge, La. –
Florida State All-American Caroline Westrup continued her torrid pace as she shot a second consecutive three-under par 69 in the second round of the NCAA Women’s Golf East Regional and is in a tie for fourth place in the individual standings heading into Saturday’s third and final round. The Seminoles are currently in 14th place in the team standings and have their work cut out for them in the final round if they hope to move into eighth place or better and advance to the NCAA Championship final round.
Westrup has carded a two-day total of 138 and is only one stroke out of the individual lead of three different players. More importantly, she is the tied as the highest ranked individual not on one of the current top eight teams with 18 holes left to play. Should the Seminoles not earn their way into the top eight of the final team standings on Saturday, Westrup has put herself in a strong position to advance as an individual to the NCAA Championship final round. The top two individual players not on an advancing team will participate as individual in the championship field and be eligible to compete for the individual NCAA title.
Florida State counted Westrup’s score of 69 and scores of 75 by senior Kayla Shaul, 76 by junior Whitney Wright and 78 by sophomore Lauren Cousart. The Seminoles dropped six strokes and two positions in the standings in the second round as they dropped into 14th position in the standings.
“We were ready to play and were not able to get anything going,” said Head Coach Debbie Dillman. “This is the kind of course that you can get on a role – we just never got on a role. This is a very competitive field as evidenced by all of the top eight teams right now being at or even par. Including Caroline, there are 20 players at under par and that’s a lot of great golf being played on this course.”
Westrup carded her second consecutive score of 69 with six birdies – double the total she had in the first round – and nine other holes with scores of par. The All-American was below par for over each of her final 17 holes and as mush as three-under par during the round. She stumbled on holes eight and nine with consecutive bogies to drop her score one-under par on the front nine. Westrup began the back nine with consecutive birdies on holes 10 and 11 and another on 17 to lower her score back to three-under.
“I started the round really well and was three under after four holes,” said Westrup. “I was playing with good confidence and finishing holes with good scores. I then missed three puts within three feet and knew that I had to make more birdies. I went into the round feeling like I had to shoot low to help us stay in contention going into the last day. I’m going to fight with everything I have tomorrow – I would really like to make nationals as a team. If I am able to go without my team I will feel like something is missing from my game. I will do anything during Saturday’s round to go to nationals with my teammates.”
Senior Kayla Shaul is the second highest ranking Seminole with a two-day total of 148. She carded a 73 in round one and returned with a 75 in the second round. Shaul’s 148 total for the first two rounds is the best 36-hole total of her career. Florida State’s Wright shot her second straight 76 and has a 36-hole total of 152. Cousart is directly behind Wright with a 78 on Friday and a two-day total of 153. Junior Whitney Brummett has carded a two-day total of 155.
UCLA maintained its team lead and has now led after both the first and second rounds. The Bruins hold a four stoke lead over Wake Forest and an eight stroke lead over No. 1 ranked Duke. The top eight teams in the field will advance to the NCAA Championship finals May 22-25 in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Florida State’s final round begins at 12:30 p.m, CST Saturday. The Seminoles are paired with Virginia for the third consecutive round and Birmingham Southern..
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2007 NCAA East Regional/Par 72/Second Round FSU Results LSU University Club/Baton Rouge, La./May 10-12, 2007 14/21. Florida State 292 298 590 T4. Caroline Westrup 69 69 138 T59. Kayla Shaul 73 75 148 T79. Whitney Wright 76 76 152 T84. Lauren Cousart 75 78 153 T87. Whitney Brummett 75 80 155
2007 NCAA East Regional/Par 72/Second Round Team Results
LSU University Club/Baton Rouge, La./May 10-12, 2007
1. UCLA 564 T11. Louisiana State 582
2. Wake Forest 568 13. Virginia 583
3. Duke 572 14. Florida State 590
4. Furman 574 15. Birmingham Southern 592
T5. Purdue 575 16. College of Charleston 595
T5. Auburn 575 17. South Florida 600
T5. Louisville 575 18. NC State 605
8. Alabama 576 19. Western Carolina 609
T9. South Carolina 579 20. Jacksonville State 625
T9. Texas A&M 579 21. Jackson State 654
T11. North Carolina 582