May 7, 2009
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Florida State senior All-American Caroline Westrup is in a tie for 23rd place in the individual standings and the Seminoles are in tie for 16th place in the team standings after the first round of the NCAA East Regional Women's Golf Championship at the Mark Bostick Golf Course at the University of Florida. The Seminoles are competing in the 21-team field looking to earn at top eight team finish in order to qualify for the NCAA championship finals at Caves Valley Golf Course in Owings Mills, Md., May 19-22.
Westrup, who is looking to earn her way into the NCAA championship finals for the fourth time in her career, needs to finish as one of the top two individuals not on one of the top eight teams to advance as an individual entrant into the championship finals. She is currently tie for seventh among the top individuals whose teams are not in the top eight in the team standings after the first round.
East Carolina, which is ranked 37th in the GolfStat Cup Standings, is in first place in the team standings and holds a one stroke lead over No. 6 ranked Alabama. The Pirates finished the first round at three strokes over par and are the highest placing of the 16 teams who are ranked in the top 50 in nation currently playing in the East Regional championship. The highest ranked team in the event - No. 3 Virginia - is in fifth place in the team standings. East Carolina teammates Abby Bools and Ana Maria Puche are tied for first in the individual standings with identical scores of two under par 70.
Westrup (Ahus, Sweden) led the Seminoles with a three-over par score of 73. She carded three birdies (all on her back nine) and nine holes of par in her first round. Westrup finished her round on holes 1-9 and was even par on those holes with three birdies. She had pulled to within one stroke over par before earning bogeys on two of her last three holes to finish at three over par.
Westrup is a cumulative total of minus nine strokes under par in 10 NCAA regional championship rounds during her career. She has earned three top five finishes in her three previous regional appearances and begins the second round only three strokes out of the top 10 and four strokes out of the top three.
"I feel like I played well but I had a little trouble with my putting in the first round," said Westrup. "I am looking forward to playing early on Friday morning with good greens. We can make a move up the leader board on Friday -- I am very confident of that."
Sophomore Macarena Silva (Santiago, Chile), who is competing in her second career NCAA regional championship, is in a tie for 67th place after carding a score of 77. She carded two birdies and eight holes of par during her first round. Silva was playing the round as the Seminoles' No. 1 player after finishing at Florida State's individual leader at the ACC Championship.
Junior Lacey Agnew (Jonesboro, Ga.) and freshman Hannah Thomson (Perth, Australia) and Whitney Wenglasz (Oldsmar, Fla.), who are all making their first NCAA regional appearances, carded scores of 79, 78 and 80 respectively.
"We had a bit of a shaky start," said head coach Debbie Dillman. "It will be nice to have the smooth early morning greens tomorrow. We need to make up enough ground to get into the top 12 going into the final day and we are only five shots off of that pace.
"The old saying is `how do you eat an elephant - one bite at a time.' We've just begin to eat," she said.
Florida State will being play in the second round of the event at 7:30 a.m. on Friday morning. The Seminoles are paired with the College of Charleston and UCF. The 54-hole event is scheduled to run through Saturday.
NCAA East Regional Championship/Mark Bostick Golf Course Gainesville, Fla./May 7-9, 2009/Par 70/First Round Florida State Results T16/21. Florida State 307 T23. Caroline Westrup 73 T67. Macarena Silva 77 T73. Hannah Thomson 78 T81. Lacey Agnew 79 T90. Whitney Wenglasz 80
NCAA East Regional Championship/Mark Bostick Golf Course Gainesville, Fla./May 7-9, 2009/Par 70/First Round Team Results 1. East Carolina 283 12. Charleston 302 2. Alabama 284 13. Auburn 304 3. Vanderbilt 286 T14. Florida 305 4. Denver 287 T14. Furman 305 5. Virginia 290 T16. Florida State 307 6. North Carolina 291 T16. Ole Miss 307 T7. Tulane 292 18. South Carolina 308 T7. Tennessee 292 T19. UCF 309 9. Georgia 297 T19. Stetson 309 10. Duke 298 21. Jackson State 324 11. Coastal Carolina 301