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Seminole Women’s Golf Team Begins Play At NCAA East Regional Thursday

May 9, 2006

The Florida State University women’s golf team will participate in the NCAA East Regional Championship May 11-13 at the Bryan Park Golf Club in Browns Summit, N.C. The Seminoles’ selection marks the fifth time in the last six years that Florida State has been selected to participate in the regional championships which are conducted to determine the top 24 teams in the nation who will then compete at the NCAA Championship tournament at The Ohio State University May 23-26. A total of 24 teams and six individuals who are not members of the 21 teams selected will play for the right to advance to the NCAA Championship at Ohio State. Eight teams and two individuals from each of the East (Brown’s Summit, N.C./Wake Forest University), Central (Bryan, Tex./Texas A&M University) and West (Auburn, Washington/University of Washington) Regionals will advance to the NCAA Championship.

No. 32 Florida State is joined by No. 3 Arizona State, No. 4 Auburn (Southeastern Conference Champion), No. 9 Tennessee, No. 10 Wake Forest, No. 16 California, No. 15 Vanderbilt, No. 21 Virginia, No. 23 South Carolina, No. 31 LSU, No. 34 Alabama, No. 39 NC State, No. 36 Augusta State, No. 46 Maryland, No. 41 Furman, No. 42 North Carolina, No. 43 Mississippi State, Campbell (Atlantic Sun Champion), College of Charleston (Southern Conference Champion), East Carolina (Conference USA Champion) and Yale (Ivy Group Champion) in the 2006 NCAA East Regional Field. The event will be played at the Bryan Park Golf Club (par 72, 6,386 yards) in Browns Summit, N.C. The Champions Course at Bryan Park opened in 1990 and has seven holes that border scenic Lake Townsend. In 1990 it was ranked as the runner up best new public course nationally by Golf Digest.

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.

Florida State, which had four individuals finish in the top seven of the individual standings, won the championship of the 27th annual Ryder/Florida Women’s Golf Championship at Don Shula’s Golf Club April 2. The Seminoles were led by freshman Caroline Westrup and junior Jaclyn Burch – who finished in a tie for second place in the individual standings – as they won the team championship in the event for the third time in the last six seasons and for the fifth time since 1990. The Seminoles defeated Rollins College by six strokes and bested third place USF by 14 strokes. The Seminoles trailed Rollins by two strokes after the first round, took the lead in the second and held on to win the championship in the third round. Florida State has now won 18 tournament championships under Head Coach Debbie Dillman since 1985 including four since 2003 when the current group of Seminole seniors were freshmen.

Florida State is ranked 32nd in the nation by GolfStat as it begins play in the 2006 NCAA East Regional. 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. Among the teams competing at the 2006 NCAA East Regional, the Seminoles have earned four wins over NC State, two over South Carolina and one each against Alabama, Augusta State, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest during the fall 2005 and spring 2006 seasons.

RANKING Caroline Westrup
Florida State freshman Caroline Westrup (Ahus, Sweden) is ranked 21st nationally in the individual rankings published by GolfStat. It is her highest ranking of the season and has her ranked ninth among freshman nationally. Westrup is the sixth highest ranked player competing in the 2006 NCAA East Regional behind No. 7 Azahara Munoz of Arizona State, No. 14 Jenny Suh of Alabama, No. 16 Jacqui Concolino of Vanderbilt, No. 18 Leah Wigger of Virginia and No. 20 Jennifer Osborn of Arizona State. She is the third highest ranked freshman in the East Regional field behind Munoz of Arizona State and Concolino of Vanderbilt.

Freshman 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.

…The six Seminole individuals who have earned playing time this season are averaging 76.92 strokes per round (6,000 strokes in 78 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);
…Through the first five events of the spring 2006 season, the Seminoles have eight 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 nine 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 19 rounds with scores of 73 or better;
…In winning the Ryder/Florida Collegiate Championship, the Seminoles earned their best three-round tournament score of the season (893). 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 four different rounds at 300 or better during the spring of 2006. Florida State’s best round of the spring (295) came during the second round of the Lady Gamecock Classic on March 11;
…Florida State has finished two 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 906.5 in four events this spring after averaging a team score of 949.4 strokes per round last spring;
…In winning the spring 2006 Ryder/Florida Collegiate Championship, Florida State posted an 893 team score for the three round event. The was its best three-round team score since posting an 887 team score during the spring 2004 ACC Championship at the Salem Glen Country Club.

Senior Carolina Larsson (Danderyd, Sweden), who will play in her third NCAA Regional Championship at Browns Summit, is averaging a career-low 76.26 stroke average this year (fall and spring combined). Having never missed playing in an event during her Seminoles career, she will play in her 41st consecutive at the regional championship. Larsson’s previous career-best stroke average for an entire year is 76.41 during her sophomore year during which she earned All-ACC honors. Larsson finished tied for 11th at the 2003 NCAA East Regional at the Salem Glen Country Club in Clemmons, N.C.

Senior Caroline Larsson will play the Bryan Park Champions for the second time in her career during the 2006 NCAA East Regional. She finished tied for 27th at the Bryan National Collegiate in April of 2003 with a two-round total of 75-76=151. The Seminoles finished in ninth place (18 teams) in the rain-shortened event.

Junior Jaclyn Burch (Wildwood, Mo.) will make her second career NCAA regional appearance at Bryan Park this week. She finished tied for 36th in the 2004 NCAA East Regional at the Mission Inn Golf and Tennis Resort in Howey-In-The-Hills, Fla. Burch helped push the Seminoles into the fourth place regional finish with a 74 over the final 18 holes as Florida State counted four scores of 74 to finish in fourth place in the event – a finish that earned the team a trip to the National Championship tournament.

Sophomore Whitney Brummett (Eureka, Mo.) is playing in her first career regional championship and enters the event playing her best golf of the spring season. She has played her top two tournaments and earned the top two results of the season in her last two outings. Brummett earned top-15 individual finishes at the Ryder/Florida Championship (tied for seventh) and at the ACC Championship (tied for 15th).

Junior Kayla Shaul (Cumming, Ga.) will play in her first Division I regional championship as she earned her way into the Seminoles’ starting lineup for this week’s event at Bryan Park. She played in four events this year and has a stroke average of 79.75 strokes in 12 rounds. Shaul played as a member of the Seminoles’ starting five at the Tar Heel Invitational during the fall season and at the Lady Gamecock Classic during the spring. She also played as an individual at the Florida State hosted Chrysler Challenge during the fall and in the LSU/Cleveland Golf Classic during the spring. She has earned three top-50 individual finishes with her best placing of tied for 36th coming at the LSU/Cleveland Golf Classic.

Florida State Head Coach Debbie Dillman will guide the Seminoles in their 13th NCAA Regional Championship in the last 16 years (since 1991). The Seminoles have not been selected to play in the regionals only three times since the 1991 season.

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