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Westrup Leads Seminoles In First Round Of Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic

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

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