April 15, 2007
CHARLOTTE, N.C. –
Florida State sophomore All-American Caroline Westrup finished in second place in the individual standings and led the Seminoles to a third place finish in the team standings at the 19th Annual Atlantic Coast Conference Championship at the Carmel Country Club. Westrup tied the school record for the highest individual finish by a Florida State player in the ACC Championship in leading the Seminoles to their highest finish in the event since they also finished third in the team standings in 2001.
The entire field was challenged by continuously changing weather conditions. After having their tee times moved because of heavy rains Saturday night, the Seminoles were delayed once again on holes six through nine weather delay occurred for an hour beginning at 12:50 p.m. Once play resumed the temperatures dropped about 20 degrees and the wind picked up to gust up to 40 miles per hour.
Duke, the No. 1 ranked team in women’s collegiate golf, won its unprecedented 12th consecutive conference championship as it outdistance second-place Wake Forest by 35 strokes and third-place Florida State by 40 strokes. The Blue Devils have won every ACC Championship since 1996. Duke’s Amanda Blumenhurst out-dueled Westrup over the final seven holes of the event to win the individual championship by three strokes. The victory allowed Blumenhurst to defend the individual ACC Championship which she also won in 2006.
Westrup (Ahus, Sweden), who began the final round with a two shot lead over Blumenhurst, began slowly with a double-bogie on the first hole to fall into a tie for first place. She recovered nicely with a birdie on the second hole to take the lead back. Westrup then played even-par golf through the 11th hole and was one stroke ahead in the individual competition before falling behind with bogies on 12 and 13, a double bogie on 15 and another bogie on 16 to fall three shots behind Blumenhurst. She closed the event with a par on 17 and a bogie on 18 to finish at seven-over par (79) for the round and one-over par for the tournament (215).
Westrup finished under par in a tournament for the third time this year and for the fourth time during her stellar career. Her second place finish in the conference championship tied her with Tiffany Faucette (1995) and Mary Lee Cobick (1992) for highest individual finish by a Seminole in the event. Westrup has now finished in second and fourth place (2006) in two career ACC Championship events.
Sophomore Lauren Cousart (Athens, Ga.) played her best round of the tournament with a second consecutive score of 76. She finished as the second highest ranking Seminole in a tie for 15th place in the individual standings. Cousart carded identical scores of 76 in the second and third rounds after carding a 79 in the first round to finish with a 54-hole total of 231 – the third best tournament score of her Seminole career. Cousart finished the third round with 10 holes at par or better, two birdies and no bogies – she was the only Seminole to finish the third round without a bogie.
Junior Whitney Brummett (Eureka, Mo.) and senior Kayla Shaul (Cumming, Ga.) also competed for the Seminoles in the conference championship. Brummett competed in the event for the third time in her career while Shaul was on the ACC’s biggest stage for the first time. Junior Whitney Wright (Rockingham, N.C.) finished in a tie for 18th place with a 233 total.
The Seminoles will await word on participating in the NCAA Regional Championship for the 14 time in the last 17 seasons. The field for the regionals will be announced on April 30.
19th Annual Atlantic Coast Conference Championships/Par 72/Final FSU Results Carmel Country Club/Charlotte, N.C./April 13-15, 2007 3/9. Florida State 290 302 321 913 2. Caroline Westrup 66 70 79 215 T15. Lauren Cousart 79 76 76 231 T18. Whitney Wright 74 77 82 233 T27. Whitney Brummett 75 79 84 238 T30. Kayla Shaul 75 79 86 240
19th Annual Atlantic Coast Conference Championships/Par 72/Final Team Results Carmel Country Club/Charlotte, N.C./April 13-15, 2007 1. Duke 873 6. Maryland 931 2. Wake Forest 908 7. NC State 947 3. Florida State 913 8. Miami 964 4. North Carolina 917 9. Boston College 1,001 5. Virginia 920