May 25, 2006
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Freshman Caroline Westrup shot an even-par 72 and is tied for 24th place in the individual standings and the Seminoles are in 16th place in the team standings at the NCAA Women's Golf Championship at the Scarlet Course at The Ohio State University. Westrup has moved into the top-25 of the individual standings and she begins play in Friday's fourth and final round looking for the highest individual finish in seven appearances for Florida State in this event.
Westrup begins play in the final round looking to better the Seminoles' all-time best individual finish in the NCAA Championship. The top finish in school history - tied for 28th - was earned by All-America Kristin Tamulis in 2003. She is tied for 25th in the individual standings after the first three rounds.
Florida State begins play on Friday looking to earn the highest team finish in the NCAA Women's Golf Championship in school history. The Seminoles' bet finish - 13th - came during the 1999 season. Florida State also finished 14th in both 1991 and 1992.
No. 1 ranked Duke, the overwhelming favorite entering the event, is 15 strokes ahead of Arizona State in the team standings as the Blue Devils play for their second consecutive national championship. The Blue Devils grabbed the lead from the Sun Devils early in the third round and began their run to the championship. Eileen Vargas of Pepperdine remained in first place in the individual standings with a two-under par total of 214. She holds a three stroke lead over Dewi Schreefel of Southern Cal, Jennie Lee of Duke, Jennifer Tangtiphaiboontana of Stanford and Sandra Gal of Florida in the race for the individual championship.
Westrup (Ahus, Sweden) continued her ascent up the individual standings as she carded her best score of the first three rounds with her even-par 72. After carding a 79 in the first round, she is a total of two-over par in the last two rounds combined after carding scores of 74 and 72. Westrup has improved her individual score by seven strokes from the first to the third rounds. She has played to her season-long average of 73.39 in the last two rounds as compared to her uncharacteristic score in the first round.
Senior Caroline Larsson (Danderyd, Sweden) continued to play well in the final event of her collegiate career as she carded a two-over par 74 in the third round and has a 225 total for the first three rounds. She is tied for 32nd in the individual standings. Her 225 three-round total is tied for her third best of the spring season. Larsson, who finished tied for 88th in the individual standings at the 2003 NCAA Championship and tied for 59th in the 2004 NCAA Championship, is playing for her career-best finish in her school-record third appearance in this event.
Sophomore Whitney Brummett (Eureka, Mo.) matched her best score of the tournament as she fired a four over par 76 in the third round. She has now carded scores of 76 in the first and second rounds and a 77 in the second round for a 229 total. She is tied for 59th in the individual standings. Her 229 total for the first 54 holes of the event is her third best three round score of the spring season.
Junior Kayla Shaul (Cumming, Ga.) is in fourth on the Seminoles' team leader board after carding a 79 in the third round. She has carded rounds of 75-79 for a total of 154 in the last two rounds of the championship. Shaul's 234 total for the first 54 holes is the third best during her six tournament Florida State career. Shaul tied her career-best for 54 holes as she carded a 228 total at the NCAA East Regional Championship in helping the Seminoles reach the 2006 NCAA Championship.
Junior Jaclyn Burch (Wildwood, Mo.) enters the fourth round of the championship looking to duplicate her fourth round performance from her first appearance in the NCAA Women's Golf Championship in 2004. After carding a 235 total in the first three rounds of the 2004 championship she finished play in the event with a tow-over par score of 74. Burch enters the final round of the event with a 242 total.
The fourth and final of the event begins at 8:00 a.m. Friday morning. The Seminoles are paired with Arizona and Oklahoma State.
NCAA Division I Women's Championship/Par 72/May 23-26, 2006 Scarlet Course/The Ohio State University/Columbus, Ohio 16/24. Florida State 305 305 301 911 T24. Caroline Westrup 78 74 72 224 T32. Caroline Larsson 72 79 74 225 T59. Whitney Brummett 76 77 76 229 T89. Kayla Shaul 80 75 79 234 T116. Jaclyn Burch 79 84 79 242
NCAA Division I Women's Championship/Par 72/May 23-26, 2006 Scarlet Course/The Ohio State University/Columbus, Ohio 1. Duke 876 T13. Wake Forest 910 2. Southern Cal 889 T13. Arkansas 910 3. Pepperdine 894 T13. UCLA 910 T4. Purdue 896 16 Florida State 911 T4. Arizona State 896 17. Arizona 912 6. California 901 T18. Oklahoma State 918 T7. Georgia 902 T18. UNLV 918 T7. Washington 902 20. Nebraska 922 T7. Florida 902 21. Kent State 923 T10. Stanford 903 T22. Louisiana State 924 T10. Auburn 903 T22. Texas A&M 924 12. Tennessee 908 24. Alabama 934