April 13, 2007
CHARLOTTE, N.C. –
Florida State junior All-America Caroline Westrup tied her career-low with a six-under par 66 to vault herself into the individual lead and pace the Seminoles into second place in the team standings after the first round of the 19th Annual Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Golf Championship at Carmel Country Club. Westrup leads the individual standings by two strokes over Rachel Smith of Virginia while the Seminoles trail first place Duke by three strokes in the team standings.
Duke, the nation’s No. 1 ranked team and the 11-time defending champion in this event, is in first place in the team standings. The Blue Devils have a three stoke lead over the Seminoles heading into the second round. Westrup holds a two stoke lead over Rachel Smith of Virginia. Smith carded a 68 in the first round. In addition, the Seminoles’ team score of 290 was their best of the spring season.
Westrup (Ahus, Sweden) was at her best in the first round with 17 holes at par or better. He total included seven birdies and only one bogie. Her lone bogie came on hole No. 15 to take her score to five-under par. She quickly followed that hole with a birdie to move back down to six under. Westrup was two-under par with two birdies on the front nine and four-under par with five birdies on the back nine.
“We all wanted to be aggressive, have fun and not think about anything but playing good golf,” said Westrup. “I felt like I hit the ball really well today; I made seven birdies and most of those were from within 20 feet or less. And, it’s always good to make your puts.”
Junior Whitney Wright (Rockingham, N.C.) also played well as she shot her ACC Championship career-best of 74. She is in a tie for ninth place and was one of only 12 golfers who shot 74 or better in the first round of the event. Wright recovered from a double bogie on hole No. 2 to shoot even par golf over the final 16 holes of the round. She recorded four birdies and finished with 14 holes at par or better. Wright is followed closely by fellow junior Whitney Brummett (Eureka, Mo.) who carded a three-over par 75. She is in a tie for 13th in the individual standings after carding three birdies and 10 holes of par. Brummett was cruising through the first round at one under before finishing the final six holes at five over par.
Senior Kayla Shaul (Cumming, Ga.) is tied with Brummett for 13th place after carding a spring-season personal best score of 75. She carded a season-high four birdies including one-under par scores on the 17th and 18th holes to finish at three over. Shaul’s previous best spring 2007 score of 78 came during the second round of the Chrysler Challenge in February. Sophomore Lauren Cousart (Athens, Ga.) finished with a seven-under par 79.
The second round of the event is scheduled for an 8:30 start Saturday morning. The champions, both team and individual, are scheduled to be decided Sunday.
19th Annual Atlantic Coast Conference Championships/Par 72/First Round FSU Results Carmel Country Club/Charlotte, N.C./April 13-15, 2007 2/9. Florida State 290 1. Caroline Westrup 66 T9. Whitney Wright 74 T13. Whitney Brummett 75 T13. Kayla Shaul 75 T28. Lauren Cousart 79
19th Annual Atlantic Coast Conference Championships/Par 72/First Round Team Results Carmel Country Club/Charlotte, N.C./April 13-15, 2007 1. Duke 287 6. NC State 306 2. Florida State 290 7. Maryland 312 T3. Wake Forest 297 8. Miami 325 T3. Virginia 297 9. Boston College 344 5. North Carolina 300