Oct. 24, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State University sophomore golfer Caroline Westrup is ranked as the nation’s No. 1 women’s collegiate golfer by GolfWeek Magazine. The ranking was released today by the editors of the publication. Westrup is the first Seminole women’s golfer to be ranked No. 1 in the nation and moved into the top spot after spending one week in the No. 2 spot. In two collegiate events this season she is averaging 71.00 strokes and carded her career low of 66 in the third round of the Cougar Classic in September.
Westrup won individual medalist honors at the recently completed Women’s World Amateur team Championship on Oct. 21. In that event she shot an eight-under par 280 to win the championship by two strokes.
“It means a lot; that’s my goal to be No. 1 in the country,” said Westrup shortly after returning to the FSU campus after her trip to South Africa for the World Championship event. “I have just got to try to stay up there.”
Westrup made up four strokes and added two additional strokes during the final round to win the individual championship by two strokes over Rikako Morita of Japan. Westrup shot a 69 as compared to Morita’s 75 over the final 18 holes to win the individual championship 280-282.
Westrup’s national ranking is based on her play on the collegiate level this fall. In two events she is averaging 71.00 strokes, has earned four of six rounds with scores at par or better, six rounds with scores at 75 or below and finished in tied for first in the individual standings at the Lady Tar Heel Invitational and in second in the individual standings at the Cougar Classic.
Westrup earned All-American First-Team honors and All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors as a Seminole freshman in 2006. She became the seventh player in school history to earn All-America status and the first to grab the honor as a freshman. Westrup enjoyed an extraordinary season as a freshman as she finished her first collegiate season with a 73.64 average with a low round of 70. She also earned five top five individual finishes. Westrup finished first in only her third collegiate event, the esteemed Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic at the University of Georgia.
Westrup and the Seminoles continue their fall schedule Oct. 27-29 at the Auburn University Tiger Derby before playing in the prestigious National Collegiate Golf Coaches Association Match-Play Championship at the Eagle Creek Golf Club in Orlando Nov. 3-5. The Seminoles will face Florida in the first round of the event.