March 23, 2007
ATHENS, Ga. –
Florida State University sophomore All-America Caroline Westrup is tied for fourth in the individual standings and the Seminole women’s golf team is tied for 12th after the first round of the 35th Annual Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic at the University of Georgia. Only two strokes off the lead of Louisiana State’s Melissa Eaton, Westrup is looking to win the individual championship at this event for the second straight year. She was one of seven golfers to shot one-over par or better in the first round and begins second round play Saturday well within reach of the top spot in the individual standings.
Auburn, ranked No. 5 nationally in this week’s Golf Week / NGCA poll, has a four stroke lead over No. 21 Michigan State in the team standings after the first round. The Tigers are led by Margaret Shirley who carded an even par 71 (tied for second) and Nicole Hage who shot a two over par 73 (tied for eighth) and are one of two teams (also Michigan State) with multiple players in the top 10 of the individual standings after the first round. The Seminoles are tied for 12th and begin play in the second round only ten strokes out of the top five and only 12 strokes outside of the top three in the team standings.
The Seminoles are ranked No. 25 in this week’s Golf Week / NGCA national poll.
Westrup (Ahus, Sweden) played well over the first 18 holes and was never more than one stroke over par during the round. She compiled four birdies (two on each side) and was one-stroke under par during the back nine. Westrup is averaging 72.70 strokes in her first 10 rounds of the spring season and has earned two consecutive top-three finishes at the Chrysler Invitational (where she earned medalist honors) and at the Lady Gator Invitational (where she finished in third place). Westrup won the individual championship at this event last season after carding a 77 in the first round.
Westrup is the No. 2 ranked individual golfer in the nation – behind only Duke’s Amanda Blumenhurst.
Sophomore Lauren Cousart (Athens, Ga.), who is playing in her hometown of Athens, carded a 78 and is tied for 49th after the first round. She played well on the front nine – she was three over before making the turn — and finished well with a birdie on the 18th and final hole of the afternoon.
The second round of the event – a traditional start – begins at 9 a.m. Saturday morning with the third and final round – a shotgun start – is set to start at 9 a.m. Sunday morning.
35th Annual Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic/Par 71/First Round FSU Results University of Georgia Golf Course/March 23-25, 2007 T12/18. Florida State 312 T4. Caroline Westrup 72 T49. Lauren Cousart 78 T56. Erica Gonzalez 79 * T56. Whitney Brummett 79 T80. Whitney Wright 83 T84. Jaclyn Burch 84 * playing as an individual
35th Annual Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic/Par 71/First Round FSU Results University of Georgia Golf Course/March 23-25, 2007 1. Auburn 293 T9. Purdue 304 2. Michigan State 297 11. Wake Forest 307 3. Florida 300 T12. Florida State 312 4. Louisiana State 301 T12. Furman 312 T5. South Carolina 302 T14. Kent State 314 T5. Alabama 302 T14. Mississippi State 314 T7. Georgia 303 T14. Augusta State 314 T7. Virginia 303 17. Central Florida 319 T9. Arkansas 304 18. Georgia State 331