May 22, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The Florida State women’s golf team will play in the NCAA Women’s Golf Championship May 23-26 at Scarlet Course at The Ohio State University. The Seminoles earned their way into the championship field of 24 teams as they finished tied for fourth at the NCAA East Regional Championship Bryan Park Golf Course in Browns Summit, N.C. Florida State is making their third appearance in the last four years in the NCAA Championship and their seventh since 1991 under Head Coach Debbie Dillman. The Seminoles enter the 2006 NCAA Women’s Golf Championship ranked 24th in the GolfStat head to head national rankings and 31st in the national rankings by GolfWeek Magazine. The Seminoles’ ranking of 24th nationally by GolfStat is their highest of the 2005-06 fall and spring seasons.
THE 2006 NCAA WOMEN’S GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP FIELD
No. 24 Florida State is joined by No. 1 Duke, No. 2 UCLA, No. 3 Southern Cal, No. 4 Arizona State, No. 5 Auburn, No. 6 Georgia, No. 7 Purdue, No. 8 Pepperdine, No. 9 Tennessee, No. 10 Wake Forest, No. 11 Florida, No. 12 Texas A&M, No. 13 UNLV, No. 14 California, No. 16 Stanford, No. 17 Arkansas, No. 18 Oklahoma State, No. 19 Kent State, No. 21 Arizona, No. 23 Washington, No. 27 Washington, No. 27 Louisiana State and No. 33 Nebraska in the 2006 NCAA Women’s Golf Championship. The event will be played on the 6,203 yard Scarlet Course at The Ohio State University. The course will re-open at the NCAA Championship following a $4.2 million renovation which was handled by former Buckeye All-American Jack Nicklaus.
FLORIDA STATE IN THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP
Florida State is making its seventh appearance in the NCAA Championship in school history -al of which have all come under Head Coach Debbie Dillman. The Seminoles have appeared in two of the last three NCAA Championships entering the 2006 event at The Ohio State University.
Seminoles In The NCAA Championship Year Finish Score FSU Top Individual Finish 1991 14th 1,255 Erica Firnhaber T40th 1992 14th 1,236 Erica Firnhaber T47th 1994 18th 1,272 Maria Casteluci 64th 1999 13th 940 Amy Bond T35th 2003 T19th 1,256 Kristin Tamulis T28th 2004 T19th 1,198 Carrie Sordel T38th
FLORIDA STATE PLACES FOURTH AT NCAA EAST REGIONAL All-America candidate Caroline Westrup shot a two-under par 70 in the final round and finished with a three-under par total of 213 for the 54-hole event to lead Florida State to a tied for fourth place finish at last week's NCAA East Regional Championship at the Champions Course at the Bryan Park Golf Course in Browns Summit, N.C. Westrup finished tied for third place in the individual standings -- only four strokes behind Marci Turner of regional champion Tennessee. The Seminoles' fourth place finish earned them a spot in the 2006 NCAA Women's Golf Championship. Junior Jaclyn Burch also played well for the Seminoles on the final day with a one-under par score of 70. She finished with a three-day total of 221 - her best tournament score of the spring season. Her 223 total ranks as the second best regional score of her career. She finished tied for 35th place. Larsson (two previous NCAA Championship appearances) and Burch (one previous NCAA Championship appearance) will lead the Seminoles into the 2006 NCAA Championship.
SEMINOLE WOMEN'S GOLF STATISTICS (SPRING 2005) Name Tourn. Rounds Par -75 Low Strokes Avg. Caroline Westrup 6 18 8 12 70 1,321 73.39 Caroline Larsson 6 18 2 9 72 1,362 75.67 Jaclyn Burch 6 18 3 12 71 1,363 75.72 Whitney Brummett 6 18 2 5 70 1,401 77.83 Kayla Shaul 3 9 0 4 75 694 77.11 Whitney Wright 4 12 0 2 75 965 80.42
THE SEMINOLE WOMEN'S GOLF TEAM...
...The six Seminole individuals who have earned playing time this season are averaging 76.41 strokes per round (7,106 strokes in 93 rounds). By comparison, the eight Seminoles who earned playing time last during the spring 2005 season averaged 77.83 strokes per round (6,071 strokes in 78 rounds). The Seminoles have lowered their stroke average by 1.42 strokes per round;
...Through the first six events of the spring 2006 season, the Seminoles have ten top-10 individual finishes, four top-two finishes and one individual championship (Caroline Westrup at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic). By comparison, the Seminoles earned a total of four top-10 individual finishes during the spring 2005 season;
...During Florida State's nine tournaments in the fall 2005 and spring 2006 seasons combined, a total of four Seminoles have earned ten top-10 finishes. During the fall 2004 and spring 2005 seasons, the individual Seminoles combined for a total of five top-10 finishes;
...In five tournaments during the spring of 2005, the Seminoles' starting lineup combined to card a total of three rounds with scores of 73 or better. In four events during the spring of 2006, the Seminoles' starting lineup has combined to shoot 25 rounds with scores of 73 or better;
...In finishing tied for fourth at the 2006 NCAA East Regional, the Seminoles earned their best three-round tournament score of the season (878). In five events during the spring of 2005, the Seminoles' lowest team score was 913 in finishing in a tie for second at the Ryder/Florida Championship;
...Florida State finished one team round with a score under 300 during the spring 2005 season (299 in the first round of the Ryder/Florida Championship) and have and has already completed eight different rounds at 300 or better during the spring of 2006. Florida State's best round of the spring (289) came during the second round of the NCAA East Regional on May 12;
...Florida State has finished three tournaments this spring with team scores under 900 after finishing the spring of 2005 with a low tournament score of 913. The Seminoles are averaging a team score of 903.7 in four events this spring after averaging a team score of 949.4 strokes per round last spring. The Seminoles have lowered their tournament score by an average of 45.7 strokes per event.
RANKING THE SEMINOLES
Florida State is ranked 24th in the nation by GolfStat as it begins play in the 2006 NCAA Championship. The Seminoles began the spring ranked 45th in the nation and have made a steady climb into their current spot - their highest ranking of the spring season. The Seminoles moved up eight spots in the rankings after finishing tied for fourth in the NCAA East Regional Championship. Among the teams competing at the 2006 NCAA Championship, the Seminoles have earned wins over Auburn, Alabama, Arkansas, Kent State, Louisiana State, Oklahoma State, Tennessee and Wake Forest during the fall 2005 and spring 2006 seasons.
RANKING Caroline Westrup
Florida State freshman Caroline Westrup (Ahus, Sweden) is ranked 17th nationally in the individual rankings published by GolfStat. It is her highest ranking of the season and has her ranked eighth among freshman nationally. Westrup is the 15th highest ranked player competing in the 2006 NCAA Women's Golf Championship.
NOTING THE SEMINOLES AT THE NCAA REGIONAL...
...Whitney Brummett's career-best score of 70 in the third round of the NCAA East Regional is tied for the best single-round score of the spring season for the Seminoles. Caroline Westrup has carded a team-leading three scores of 70 during the six spring events;
...Caroline's Westrup's career-best three-round tournament score of 213 in the NCAA East Regional marked the first sub-par tournament score of the season for Florida State;
....Florida State's second round team score of 289 in the NCAA East Regional is the best of the year for the Seminoles. The Seminoles' 292 team score in the third round of the regional ranks as the second best team score of the season;
...Florida State's team score for the three-rounds of the NCAA East Regional ranks as the best tournament score of the season - by 15 strokes. The Seminoles' previous best tournament score was 893 in winning the Ryder/Florida Women's Collegiate Championship.
SEMINOLES' WESTRUP EARNS ALL-ACC HONORS
All-America candidate Caroline Westrup, a freshman on the Florida State women's golf team, was named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference team in a vote by the leagues nine head coaches. It marks the sixth consecutive season at least one Seminole women's golfer has been named to the All-ACC team and the first time a Florida State freshman has earned all-conference honors in women's golf. Westrup, who joined the team in January of 2006, is the Seminoles' leading golfer with a 73.87 stroke average in 15 rounds during five tournaments this spring. She is ranked 21st in the most recent individual national rankings by GolfStat. Westrup's scoring average is ranked as the fifth best in the ACC heading into next week's NCAA Regional Championships. She finished fourth in the ACC Championship and earned four top-four individual finishes in five events and claimed medalist honors at the prestigious Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic at the University of Georgia in March.
WESTRUP NAMED NATIONAL GOLFER OF THE WEEK
All-America candidate Caroline Westrup who earned medalist honors at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic, was named the National Division I Women's Collegiate Player of the Week by GolfWeek Magazine on March 29, 2006. Westrup won the individual title and the Seminole women's golf team finished fourth in the team standings at the prestigious Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic at the University of Georgia Golf Course. Westrup's victory marked the first individual title by a Seminole golfer since current PGA touring member Kristin Tamulis won the championship at the 2003 Ryder/Florida Championship. Since 1990 only two Seminoles have earned multiple career wins - Kristin Tamulis (spring 2003 Lady Gator and spring 2003 Ryder/Florida) and Karen Stupples (Spring 1994 Spalding/Peggy Kirk Bell and spring 1995 Lady Gator). Both Tamulis and Stupples are currently playing on the LPGA Tour. The last time a Seminole golfer was victorious in consecutive tournaments was during the fall 1991 season when Erica Firnhaber won the Lady Seminole Invitational and Mary Lee Cobick won the Beacon Woods Invitational.
BEEN HERE - DONE THIS
Senior Caroline Larsson (Danderyd, Sweden) and junior Jaclyn Burch (Wildwood, Mo.) are both making return trips to the NCAA Championship. Larsson has played it the NCAA Championship in 2003 at Purdue and 2004 at Auburn while Burch played in the 2004 event at Purdue. Larsson averages 77.63 strokes in eight NCAA Championship rounds while 76.75 strokes in four NCAA Championship rounds.
Larsson And Burch In The NCAA Championships Player Year Scores Total Place Larsson 2003 83-79-80-79 321 T88 Larsson 2004 78-76-71-75 300 T59 Burch 2004 77-79-79-72 307 T88
A FIRST FOR TWO SEMINOLES
A pair of Seminoles - sophomore Whitney Brummett (Eureka, Mo.) and junior Kayla Shaul (Cumming, Ga.) will both play in their first NCAA Championships this week at Ohio State. Brummett averaged 74.33 strokes at the NCAA East Regional - an average which included a two-under par 70 in the second round. Shaul averaged 76.00 strokes during the event as she carded a pair of 75's in the first and second rounds.