Feb. 25, 2008
RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico –
Florida State University junior All-American Caroline Westrup carded a one-over par 71 and remained in second place in the individual standings while the Seminole women’s golf team moved into seventh place in the team standings after two rounds of the Lady Puerto Rico Classic at the Coco Beach Golf and Country Club. Westrup, a two-time All-American, will battle Stacy Lewis of Arkansas, the defending NCAA Champion, for her fourth career individual championship when play in the third and final round begins Tuesday morning.
Kent State, which began play in the second round in a tie for eighth place in the team standings, shot a one-under par 287 and moved into first place with a two-day total of 586. The Golden Flash is one stroke ahead of Louisiana State and nine strokes ahead of seventh-place Florida State as the teams get set to play the final 18 holes. Lewis, who has a two-day total of 138, leads Westrup and Kira Meixner of Kent State by three strokes.
“We fought hard today and had a number of putts lip out on us,” said Assistant Coach Katie Quinney. “We are disappointed with our play but we are excited to get back out on the course tomorrow. The wind was down today but we had to adjust to the rain which fell during most of the round. The biggest factor in the event for us is the weather. We are going to be aggressive; we have to make our putts and get our momentum back in the final round. We are glad we have one more round to play because we all feel tomorrow will be a strong day for us.”
Westrup (Ahus, Sweden) carded her second consecutive stellar round as she finished with a 71 in Monday’s round. She finished with an even-par 70 in the first round and a one-over par 71 in the second round. Westrup trails Lewis, who has finished with scores of 68 and 70, by three strokes. In addition to playing for her fourth individual title, she is playing for her 12th career top five individual finish.
Freshman Macarena Silva (Santiago, Chile) was very consistent for the second consecutive round as she finished with her second straight score of 75. She has a two-day total of 150 and is only three strokes from moving into the top 10 and eight strokes from moving into the top five. Silva begins play in the third round looking for the first top-25 finish of her career.
Sophomore Lacey Agnew (Jonesboro, Ga.) carded her second consecutive score of 76 and is now in a tie for 41st place in the individual standings. Senior Whitney Wright (Rockingham, N.C.) is in a tie for 47th place while senior Whitney Brummett (Eureka, Mo.) is in a tie for 60th place in the individual standings.
The final round of the event will be played Tuesday. The Seminoles will play at the UCF Challenge on March 9-11 in their next event.
Lady Puerto Rico Classic/Coco Beach Golf and Country Club/Second Round Results Rio Grande, Puerto Rico/Par 70/Feb. 24-26, 2008 7/18. Florida State 296 299 595 T2. Caroline Westrup 70 71 141 T25. Macarena Silva 75 75 150 T41. Lacey Agnew 76 76 152 T47. Whitney Wright 76 77 153 T60. Whitney Brummett 75 80 155
Lady Puerto Rico Classic/Coco Beach Golf and Country Club/Second Round Results Rio Grande, Puerto Rico/Par 70/Feb. 24-26, 2008 1. Kent State 586 T9. Tennessee 599 2. Louisiana State 587 T11. Michigan 610 3. Arkansas 589 T11. UCF 610 4. Alabama 590 13. NC State 611 5. TCU 593 14. Oklahoma 612 6. South Carolina 594 15. Texas Tech 615 7. Florida State 595 16. Wisconsin 626 8. Purdue 597 17. Iowa State 628 T9. Georgia 599 18. Minnesota 641