April 2, 2006
MIAMI LAKES, Fla. –
The Florida State University women’s golf team, 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. 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.
Burch (Ellisville, Mo.) played the best round of the weekend for the Seminoles in the third round as she carded a one-under par 71 to finish in a tie for second place with a total of 225. Burch’s score of 71 was her best since she recorded a career-best 68 in the second round of the Chrysler Challenge during the fall of 2005. She was 19th after the first round, moved into a tie for 12th after the second round and finished in a tie for second to earn the best individual finish of her career.
Westrup (Ahus, Sweden) earned here third consecutive top two finish as she finished in a tie for second in the individual standings. She won the individual title at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic last weekend and placed second in the Lady Gamecock Invitational during the first week of March. Westrup is a cumulative total of only 11 strokes over par in the last three tournaments.
Senior Caroline Larsson (Danderyd, Sweden) and sophomore Whitney Brummett (Eureka, Mo.) finished in a tie for seventh place in the individual standings with identical three-round totals of 225. Larsson has finished in the top seven in two of the last three events and now has five top-10 finishes for his career. She has helped the Seminoles to at least one tournament victory in each of her four years as a member of the Seminole women’s golf team. Brummett carded a two-over par 74 in the final round to earn her best finish of the year. It was also her second consecutive top-10 finish at the Ryder/Florida Championship after a tie for third place finish in 2005 as a freshman. Sophomore Whitney Wright (Rockingham, N.C.) earned her best finish of the year with a 232 total of a tie for 28th place finish.
The Seminoles next play in the ACC Championship at the Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, N.C. April 14-16.
27th Annual Ryder/Florida Women's Collegiate Championship/Par 72/March 31-April 2, 2006 Don Shula's Golf Course/Miami Lakes, Fla./Final Florida State Results 1/12. Florida State 300 298 299 893 T2. Caroline Westrup 73 73 76 222 T2. Jaclyn Burch 78 73 71 222 T7. Caroline Larsson 74 73 78 225 T7. Whitney Brummett 75 76 74 225 T28. Whitney Wright 79 75 78 232
27th Annual Ryder/Florida Women's Collegiate Championship/Par 72/March 31-April 2, 2006 Don Shula's Golf Course/Miami Lakes, Fla./Final Team Results 1. Florida State 893 7. UCF 914 2. Rollins 899 8. Lynn 950 3. USF 907 9. Fla. Atlantic 955 4. Fla. International 910 10. Barry 956 5. Florida Southern 911 11. Jacksonville 979 6. Miami 913 12. Stetson 990