May 10, 2007
Baton Rouge, La. –
Florida State University sophomore All-American Caroline Westrup shot a three-under par score of 69 in the first round of the NCAA Women’s Golf East Regional Championship and is tied for eighth in the individual standings after the first of three rounds. The Seminoles carded their second best team round of the spring season, 292, and are in a tie with the College of Charleston for 12th place in the team standings.
UCLA, the nation’s No. 6 ranked team according to GolfStat, holds the team lead with a 281 scored after the first round. The Bruins lead second-place Wake Forest and Furman by three strokes. The Seminoles are only six strokes outside of the top five and only two strokes behind eighth-placed South Carolina and North Carolina who carded scores of 290. The top eight teams in the region at the conclusion of the event will advance to the NCAA Championships in Daytona Beach, Fla., May 22-25.
A trio of players at six-under par – Nanette Hill of Wake Forest, Syndee Michaels of UCLA and Adrienne White of Louisville – are tied for first in the individual standings. Florida State’s Westrup is only three strokes behind the individual leader heading into Friday’s second round.
“It was a great day for golf and we played well,” said Head Coach Debbie Dillman. “The course is playing well for us and for everyone else – that’s why you see so many low scores. We are excited about how we played and are even more excited because we know that we can play better in the next two rounds. Caroline played great and she is just getting started. We also know that we gave back five strokes on the last three holes and we are better than that.”
Westrup was nearly flawless during her round with three birdies and 15 holes at par to finish with her career-best single-round score in two appearances in the NCAA Championship. Westrup finished in a tie for third place at the regional championship last season after shooting a 71-72-70=213 – she is two strokes ahead of the pace she set for herself last season.
“Today was good and I feel like I began to play well late in the round,” said Westrup who birdied three of the last five holes of the round. “The key for me is just playing my game; I can do well in this course and I am planning to start out well tomorrow.”
Senior Kayla Shaul (Cumming, Ga.) tied her career low with a one-over par 73 and is listed among the individual leaders through the first half of the round. She was one-under par with four holes to play but bogied two of her last three holes to finish at 73. Shaul also carded a 73 in the second round of the Auburn Tiger Derby during the fall of 2007.
Sophomore Lauren Cousart (Athens, Ga.) and junior Whitney Brummett (Eureka, Mo.) counted identical scores of 75 for the Seminoles’ team score and are in a tie for 61st place. Cousart’s 75 was nearly three strokes below her season average while Brummett finished the round nearly two strokes below her season average. Cousart is competing in her first NCAA Regional and finished with 14 holes at par or better with no single-hole score lower than a bogie. Brummett, who helped the Seminoles advance out the of the 2006 NCAA East Regional and into the NCAA Championship, tied her personal record for second lowest score in an NCAA event. Junior Whitney Wright (Rockingham, N.C.) is in a tie for 73rd place after carding a four-over par 76.
Florida State’s second round begins at 12:30 p.m, CST Friday. The Seminoles are once again paired with Virginia and Louisiana State, the host school for the East Regional.
For a live look at the leader boards, both team and individual, log onto golfstat.com.
2007 NCAA East Regional/Par 72/ First Round FSU Results LSU University Club/Baton Rouge, La./May 10-12, 2007 T12/21. Florida State 292 T8. Caroline Westrup 69 T34. Kayla Shaul 73 T61. Lauren Cousart 75 T61. Whitney Brummett 75 T73. Whitney Wright 76
2007 NCAA East Regional/Par 72/ First Round Team Results LSU University Club/Baton Rouge, La./May 10-12, 2007 1. UCLA 281 T12. College of Charleston 292 T2. Wake Forest 284 T12. Florida State 292 T2. Furman 284 14. Auburn 293 4. Purdue 285 15. Virginia 295 5. Louisville 286 16. Birmingham Southern 296 T6. Alabama 287 17. Western Carolina 301 T6. Louisiana State 287 18. NC State 302 T8. South Carolina 290 19 South Florida 306 T8. North Carolina 290 20. Jackson State 324 T10. Duke 291 21. Jacksonville State 329 T10. Texas A&M 291