May 11, 2005
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The Florida State women’s golf team earned six top-10 team finishes including a season-best tie for second finish at the Ryder/Florida Championship and placing of sixth at the ACC Championship during the fall 2004 and spring 2005 seasons. The Seminoles were led by sophomore All-ACC selection Jaclyn Burch and ACC Freshman of the Year nominee Whitney Brummett who earned a combined eight top-20 individual finishes. The Seminoles displayed consistent improvement throughout the course of the season as they played their best three events in the spring season with their best score and finish coming at the Ryder/Florida Championship. Brummett, who earned a team-leading two top-10 individual finishes, earned the best finish by a Seminole individual as she placed in a tie for third at the Ryder. The freshman led three Seminoles in the top-10 (also Whitney Wright and Caroline Larsson) of the individual standings of the Ryder.
BURCH EARNS ALL-ACC HONORS
Sophomore Jaclyn Burch (Wildwood, Mo.), 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. In earning all-conference honors for the first time during her career, Burch became only the third sophomore in school history to earn All-ACC honors joining current teammate Caroline Larsson (2004) and former Florida State All-America Kristin Tamulis (2001) as second-year Seminoles who have earned the honor.
THE WHITNEY’S LEAD THE WAY
The Seminoles’ best tournament showing during the spring of 2005 was at the Ryder/Florida Championship. The Seminoles earned their season best finish and tied for second with a team total score of 913 over the three-day tournament. It was the Seminoles best tournament score of the spring. The Seminoles carded their top two single-round scores with a 299 in the first round and a 306 in the second round. Freshman Whitney Brummett led the way as she shot a 72-77-76 (225 total) while finishing tied for third place in the individual standings. Freshman Whitney Wright also had a good performance during that tournament posting scores of 74-78-74 (237) while finishing tied for fifth place. Sophomore Jaclyn Burch finished in a tie for 10th place in the individual standings.
During the spring 2005 season, three Seminoles finished with stroke averages in the 70’s: Jaclyn Burch (77.93), Whitney Brummett (79.33), and Caroline Larsson (79.80). The lowest round of the season belonged to Brummett who posted 72 in the first round of the Ryder/Florida Championship.
Sophomore Jaclyn Burch led the Seminoles as she posted five scores below +5 strokes over par or better. Burch’s total of five were only one-third of the Seminoles’ team total of 14 strokes at +5 or better. Burch also led the team in stroke average (77.93).
SEMINOLE WOMEN’S GOLF STATISTICS (SPRING 2004/FALL 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
TOP 10 FINISHES
Four times during the spring 2005 season, at least one Seminole finished in the top 10 in the individual standings of a tournament. The Seminoles’ placed three players in the top 10 of the individual standings at the Ryder/Florida Championship as Whitney Brummett finished tied for third, Whitney Wright finished tied for fifth, and Caroline Larsson finished seventh. The fourth came at the Lady Paladin Invitational during the fall season as Brummett finished tied for fourth.
Seminoles’ Top 10 Finishes
Player Event Finish
Whitney Brummett Ryder/Florida T3rd
Whitney Wright Ryder/Florida T5th
Caroline Larsson Ryder/Florida 7th
Whitney Brummett Lady Paladin T10th
BURCH ENJOYS BEST YEAR OF CAREER
Sophomore Jaclyn Burch enjoyed the best year of her two-year Seminole career with a season-long average of 76.78 in nine tournaments during the fall and spring seasons. She has taken nearly two strokes off her average from last season in the 24 rounds she has played this season.
Burch Displays Improvement
Year Events Rounds Strokes Stroke Avg.
2003-04 11 32 2,513 78.53
2004-05 9 27 2,073 76.78
Totals 20 59 4,586 77.73
BURCH ON THE SEMINOLES’ LEADER BOARD
Sophomore Jaclyn Burch, who led the Seminoles with a career-low 76.78 average during the fall 2004 and spring 2005, led the Seminoles in finishing as the team leader in tournaments this year. Burch led the Seminoles at the Cougar Classic and ACC/SEC Challenge during the fall season and at the Lady Gamecock, Liz Murphey Invitational and ACC Championship during the spring season.
COUNTING ON THE BURCH
Sophomore Jaclyn Burch had 100 percent of her scores (27 of 27) counted toward the team score in all nine tournaments during the fall 2004 and spring 2005 seasons – the only Seminole to have each of her rounds counted…
BRUMMETT ON THE SEMINOLES’ LEADER BOARD
Freshman Whitney Brummett finished as the Seminoles’ leader in four of the teams’ nine events in 2005. She finished as the Seminoles leader at the Tar Heel Invitational and Lady Paladin Invitational during the fall season and led the team at the Lady Gator and Ryder/Florida Championship during the spring season. Brummett led the Seminoles with six top-25 finishes during her first collegiate season.
LARSSON HAS NEVER MISSED A TOURNAMENT
Junior Caroline Larsson has played in 31 consecutive events and has never missed playing in an event for the Seminoles during her career. She has played in two NCAA Championships, two NCAA Regionals and three ACC Championships.
LARSSON IMPROVES SCORES IN SPRING SEASON
Junior Caroline Larsson played her best golf at the end of her junior season. She averaged 78.67 strokes per round in the last three tournaments (nine rounds) after averaging 81.50 strokes per round in the first two events (six rounds) of the spring season. Larsson finished within the top 50 of the individual standings in the last three events of the spring (including a seventh place finish at the Ryder/Florida Championship) after finishing outside of the top 50 in the first two events of the spring. Larsson earned her best single-round score (73 in the second round) and best tournament score of the season (228) at the Ryder/Florida Championship. Her finish at the Ryder was the third top-10 individual finish of her career.
Breaking Down Larsson During The Spring
Events Strokes Rounds Avg.
First 2 489 6 81.50
Last 3 708 9 78.67
Improv. — — -2.83
PLACING LARSSON IN THE INDIVIDUAL STNDINGS
Including her seventh place finish at the spring 2005 Ryder/Florida Championship, junior Caroline Larsson has earned one top five finish, 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.
WRIGHT ENJOYS BEST OUTINGS TO CLOSE SEASON
Freshman Whitney Wright played the best golf of her Seminole career as she finished in a tie for fifth place with a 226 total at the Ryder/Florida Championship. She established career bests for finish (tied for fifth), tournament score (223) and 36-hole score (152) in helping the Seminoles to their best finish of the season. Wright shot nearly seven strokes per rounds better than her overall spring scoring average at the Ryder/Florida Championship and earned her first career top five individual finish.
Wright Surges At Ryder Florida
Events Strokes Avg. Best Round Top Finish
First 3 739 82.11 77 44th
Last 2 463 77.16 74 T5th
Improv. -4.95 +3 +41
JOHNSON CLOSES OUT CAREER
Senior Tyler Johnson (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.) played in a career-high six events during the fall 2004 and spring 2005 seasons combined and she closed out her four-year varsity career as a member of the Seminole women’s golf team. She earned her way into the starting lineup six times as a Seminole and helped the team to six top-10 team finishes while playing among the starting five during her career. She shot her career-low single-round score of 75 in the first round of the fall 2003 ACC/SEC Challenge and earned her career-best finish of third in a dual march vs. West Florida during the fall of 2004. Johnson’s best three-round score of 242 came at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic during the spring of 2004.
WALKING THE GRADUATION WALK
Four Seminoles – Amy Harris (Sheffield, England/Accounting), Jennifer Harvey (Fairfax Station, Va./Marketing), Tyler Johnson (Sport Management) and Kristina Prestipino (Coral Springs, Fla./Marketing) all earned their bachelor’s degree at Florida State’s commencement exercises in April. Harris joined her sister Gemma (Sheffield, England/International Affairs), who graduated in December, to total five Seminoles who earned their degrees during the academic year.
SEMINOLES WIN DIRECTOR’S CUP FOR SERVICE
For the fourth consecutive year the Florida State Women’s Golf Team was honored with the Director’s Cup at the annual Golden Nole Banquet at the University Center Club. The banquet honors athletes from each of the Seminoles’ 17 intercollegiate sports for their hard work and dedication to the athletics program and their service to the community. The Director’s Cup was established during the 1996-1997 academic year by Athletics Director Dave Hart to promote athletes involvement in the community. The golf team received this award as a form of recognition for their countless volunteer hours at the Dick Howser Center for Childhood Services in Tallahassee throughout the academic year. The organization was named in honor of the late Dick Howser, a former Seminole head baseball coach and Major League Baseball coach. The women’s golf team also won the award in 2002, 2003 and 2004.