Sept. 10, 2005
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The Florida State women’s golf team, which has appeared in the NCAA Championship in two of the last three seasons, begins its fall 2005 season at the Cougar Fall Invitational at Yeamans Hall Golf Club in Hanahan, S.C. on Sept. 12 and 13. The Seminoles are led by Head Coach Debbie Dillman who has guided the Seminoles into the postseason 12 times in the last 15 years.
THE COUGAR FALL CLASSIC FIELD
The Seminoles are joined by No. 3 Auburn, No. 4 Campbell, No. 17 Furman, No. 6 Georgia, Kentucky, No. 13 LSU, Maryland, Miami, Ole Miss, North Carolina, NC State, Richmond, USF, No. 9 Tennessee, Vanderbilt, No. 28 Virginia and No. 18 Wake Forest and the host College of Charleston Cougars in the third annual Cougar Fall Classic. The event will be played at the Yeamans Hall Golf Club – a par 72, 6,084 layout just outside of Charleston. The defending team champion is LSU. This year’s field includes 24 golfers who participated in the 2005 U.S. Women’s Amateur including Florida State’s Jaclyn Burch.
SEMINOLES’ STARTING LINEUP HAS A FAMILIAR FEEL TO IT
Florida State’s starting lineup for the Cougar Fall Classic looks much like it did in every tournament last season with Caroline Larsson (Danderyd, Sweden), Jaclyn Burch (Wildwood, Mo.), Whitney Brummett (Eureka, Mo.) and Whitney Wright (Rockingham, N.C.) holding down the first four positions. The fifth spot is now held by freshman Lauren Cousart (Athens, Ga.). Larsson has played in 31 consecutive events, Burch in 20 straight and Brummett and Wright in nine of nine for their careers. Larsson, Burch, Brummett and Wright were in the Seminoles’ starting lineup for all nine events during the fall 2004 and spring 2005 seasons.
LARSSON IN STARTING LINEUP FOR FOURTH CONSECUTIVE SEASON
Senior Caroline Larsson, a 2004 All-ACC selection, has earned her way into the Seminoles starting lineup for the fourth consecutive season. She has earned one top five finish (career-best tied for fourth place finish at the spring 2003 Ryder/Florida Championship), three top-10 finishes, six top-15 finishes, 10 top-20 finishes and 11 top-25 finishes during the first three years of her career.
BURCH IS A RETURNING ALL-ACC HONOREE
Jaclyn Burch, who led the Seminoles with a career-low 76.78 stroke average during the fall 2004 and spring 2005 seasons, was named to the All-ACC team in a vote by the league’s eight head coaches. Burch led the Seminoles to six top-10 team finishes. Her selection marks the eighth time a Seminole golfer has earned All-ACC honors in the last six years.
TRIO OF SEMINOLES NAMED TO NGCA SCHOLAR ATHLETE TEAM
Whitney Brummett, Caroline Larsson and Kristin Sordel of the Seminole women’s golf team were named to the 2005 National Golf Coaches Association Division I Scholar Athlete team. The three Seminoles were among 199 players nationally recognized with the prestigious honor which takes both academic achievement and excellence on the golf course into consideration as criteria for selection to the team. It marked the third consecutive season Larsson had been named to the team while both Brummett and Sordel (Windermere, Fla.) were recognized for the first time during their careers. The criteria for selection for the NGCA All-American Scholar Athlete team are some of the most stringent in all of college athletics.
SEMINOLE WOMEN’S GOLF STATISTICS (FALL 2004/SPRING 2005 COMBINED)
Name Tourn. Rds Par -75 Low Strokes Avg.
Jaclyn Burch 9 27 0 8 73 2,073 76.78
Whitney Brummett 9 27 4 9 72 2,096 77.63
Caroline Larsson 9 27 0 6 72 2,123 78.63
Whitney Wright 9 27 1 5 72 2,152 79.70
Tyler Johnson 3 9 0 0 78 760 84.44
Kristina Prestipino 1 3 0 0 84 255 85.00
Kristin Sordel 4 12 0 0 77 1,022 85.17
Michelle Steakin 2 6 0 0 83 528 88.00
Team Total 9 108 5 28 72 8,421 77.97