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Seminole Women’s Golf Team Plays In NCAA Central Regional Championship May 8-10

May 2, 2008

  • Caroline Westrup talks about playing in the NCAA Women’s Golf Championship

    The Florida State University women’s golf team, which finished in third place at the 2008 ACC Championship, will participate in the NCAA Central Regional Championship May 8-10 at the University of Texas Golf Club in Austin, Tex. It marks the 15th time in the last 18 years that the Seminoles have been selected to participate in the regional championships which will be staged at three different courses around the nation next week. A total of 63 teams and nine individuals were selected to play in the three different locations to determine the top 24 teams in the nation who will then compete in the NCAA Championship Tournament May 20-23 at the Championship Golf Course at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, N.M.

    No. 26 Florida State is joined by No. 2 UCLA, No. 6 Purdue, No. 11 Denver, No. 12 Alabama, No. 15 Kent State, No. 16 Pepperdine, No. 19 Texas A&M, No. 23 Texas, No. 24 LSU, No. 27 Notre Dame, No. 36 TCU, No. 38 East Tennessee State, Fairleigh Dickinson, Illinois State, Nebraska, NC State, Washington and Texas State at the 2008 NCAA Central Regional. The event will be played at the par 72, 6,344-yard University of Texas Golf Club. Built in the Texas Hill Country, the course overlooks Lake Austin and borders the Balcones Natural Wildlife Preserve, offering challenging shots and views that rival the best in Austin.

    The Seminoles have played in all but three regional championships since the NCAA adopted the regional qualifying format in 1991. Seminole Head Coach Debbie Dillman, in her 24th season, has led Florida State to 15 regional appearances and eight championship round appearances. Florida State has finished in the national top-20 in three of the last five years and finished in a tie for 16th place in the national championship tournament in 2006.

    Florida State finished in third place in the team standings and junior All-American Caroline Westrup finished in second place in the individual standings in the 20th Annual ACC Championship on the Legends Course at LPGA International. The Seminoles’ third place finish marked the second consecutive season the team had finished in third place at the ACC Championship. Westrup’s second place individual finish tied the highest finish by a Seminole player in school history and marked the second consecutive season she finished as the runner-up. Duke won the championship on the final hole as both teams walked on the 18th green tied after 53 holes. The Blue Devils’ Amanda Blumenherst pared the hole while Virginia’s Calle Nielson bogeyed the hole to give Duke the one-shot victory. The one shot victory for the Blue Devils set a championship record for smallest margin of victory eclipsing a pair of two shot wins: North Carolina over Florida State in 1992 and Wake Forest over Florida State on 1995.

    Florida State finished in a tie for 11th place in the team standings – three places and only eight strokes behind eighth place Louisville – and narrowly missed advancing to the NCAA Championship round at the 2007 NCAA East Regional. The Seminoles began the final round 14 strokes out of the chase for the championship and played well enough to put themselves in position to qualify for the final weekend of play. The Seminoles were within five strokes of the eighth position and in 11th place during the round. Seminole All-American Caroline Westrup shot a two-under par 70 in the final round, finished with a career-best eight-under par 208 and advanced as an individual to the NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship.

    Florida State is ranked 26th nationally in the GolfWeek / Sagarin Performance Index and 33rd in the country in the head to head rankings by GolfStat. The Seminoles’ ranking of 26th in the GolfWeek poll is their highest of the season. Junior All-American Caroline Westrup is ranked 12th nationally in the GolfStat Cup standings and 15th among all Division I women’s golfers in the GolfWeek rankings

    Florida State won the team championship at the Louisiana State/Cleveland Golf Classic in March. The team championship marked the 21st and third in the last two years under Head Coach Debbie Dillman. The Seminoles have won at least one tournament championship in six of the last seven years.

    This season the Seminole women’s golf team has steadily improved their play. In fact, four players have managed to lower their stroke averages from the fall season to the spring. The most improved stroke average comes from All-American junior Caroline Westrup (Ahus, Sweden) who brought her stroke average down from 74.00 to 73.15. Senior Whitney Brummett (Eureka, Mo.) also brought her average down from 76.78 to 76.52. In her first year, freshman Macarena Silva (Santiago, Chile) has lowered her stroke average from an admirable 77.83 in the fall to 77.00 this spring.

    Florida State brings a very experienced line-up to the 2008 NCAA Central Regional. The Seminoles’ line-up, which consists of two seniors, two juniors and a freshman, has played in a combined total of 123 events during their careers and has missed very few opportunities to play in Florida State’s starting line-up. Junior Caroline Westrup has played in 27 consecutive events since her arrival as a freshman at Florida State in the spring of 2006. Seniors Whitney Brummett (38 events) and Whitney Wright (35 events) have missed a total of five events in four years, junior Lauren Cousart (Athens, Ga.) has played in 12 of the last 19 events in the last two years and freshman Macarena Silva has missed only one event this year. The trio of Westrup, Brummett and Wright has played 15 consecutive events; the last time all three were not in the Seminoles’ starting line-up was for the spring 2007 Northrop Gruman Challenge. Wright has played in 18 consecutive events and Brummett in 15 straight entering the 2008 NCAA Central Regional Championship.

    Seminoles Starting Line-Up
    Player                 Yr.   Played   Missed
    Caroline Westrup       Jr.   27       0
    Whitney Brummett       Sr.   38       1
    Whitney Wright         Sr.   35       4
    Lauren Cousart         Jr.   15       15
    Macarena Silva         Fr.   8        1

    Senior Whitney Brummett will play in her third career NCAA Regional Championship this week in the 2008 NCAA Central Regional Championship at the University of Texas. She finished in a career-best tie for 35th place at the 2005-06 East Regional Championship as she helped the Seminoles advance to the NCAA Championship final round for the first time in her career. Senior Whitney Wright (Rockingham, N.C.) will play in her second career regional championship after finishing in a tie for 71st place as a junior. Junior All-America Caroline Westrup finished in a tie for third place at the 2006 NCAA East Regional and in a tie for fifth place in the individual standings at the 2006-07 East Regional Championship. Westrup played in the 2007 NCAA Championship finals as an individual competitor. Junior Lauren Cousart will play in her second career (and second consecutive) regional championship after finishing in a tie for 93rd place at the 2007 NCAA East Regional.

    Current Seminoles In Regional Play
    Player                  05-06      06-07       07-08
    Whitney Brummett        East/T35   East/T74    Central
    Whitney Wright          DNP        East/T71    Central
    Caroline Westrup        East/T3    East/T5     Central
    Lauren Cousart          DNP        East/T93    Central

    Junior All-American Caroline Westrup leads the Seminoles this year as she has counted 100 percent of her individual scores (27 of 27) toward the team score. The Seminoles’ seniors – Whitney Brummett and Whitney Wright – have both counted nearly 80 percent of their scores while freshman Macarena Silva has counted just over 77 percent of her scores toward the team score. Westrup has counted 76.5 of 77 scores (.994 percent) toward the Seminoles’ team score during her 27 event career.

    Rounds Counted Toward Team Score This Year
    Player                  Rds    Counted    Pct.
    Caroline Westrup        27     27         1.000
    Whitney Brummett        27     21         .778
    Whitney Wright          27     21         .778
    Macarena Silva          24     18.5       .771
    Lauren Cousart          15     8          .533

    Senior Whitney Brummett earned her fifth career top 10 placing as she finished in a tie for 10th place in the individual standings at the Bryan National Collegiate in March. It marked the first time this season and the first time since the fall 2005 Auburn Tiger Derby that she had finished as the Seminoles’ leader in an event. She has now led Florida State in seven events during her career.

    Senior Whitney Brummett is playing her best golf of her senior season at the right time. She has earned two top-15 finishes in her last two events (tied for 10th at the Bryan National and tied for 15th at the ACC Championship) for the two best finishes of the fall 2007 and spring 2008 seasons. Brummett is a total of 18 strokes over par since starting play at the Bryan National on March 28; she finished +25 strokes over par at the fall 2007 Alabama / Ann Rhoads Invitational and +26 at the spring 2008 Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic. She finished three different events this year just above par for the event – the fall 2007 Cougar Classic (+8), the spring 2008 UCF Challenge (+8) and the spring 2008 ACC Championship (+8).

    Senior Whitney Brummett has been awarded a prestigious Weaver-James-Corrigan Scholarship by the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Weaver-James-Corrigan Scholarships are awarded to student-athletes throughout the ACC who intend to pursue a Graduate level degree. Brummett is one of 40 student-athletes in the ACC and one of three at Florida State to receive the award this year. All of the recipients were honored on April 16, 2008 in Greensboro, N.C. during an awards luncheon.

    Senior Whitney Wright enters the 2008 NCAA Central Regional Championship averaging a career-low 76.89 stroke per round. She has set personal career-best for low round score (68 / first round fall 2007 Cougar Classic), low 36 hole score (143 / fall 2007 Cougar Classic), low tournament score (223 / spring 2008 UCF Challenge and spring 2008 LSU Classic) and scored vs. par (+7 / spring 2008 UCF Challenge and spring 2008 LSU Classic).

    Senior Whitney Wright, who is enjoying the best season of her Seminole career this spring, enters the 2008 NCAA Central Regional averaging a career-low 76.89 stroke during the fall 2007 and spring 2008 seasons. She will play in her career-best 10th tournament and will establish her career-best for rounds played in a year at the University of Texas this week.

    Breaking Down Wright's Statistics
    Year     Tourn.    Rds.    Avg.     LR    LTS
    2005     9         27      79.70    72    225
    2006     8         24      80.17    73    232
    2007     9         26      78.46    71    226
    2008     9         27      76.89    68    223
    Totals   35        104     78.77    68    223

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