May 26, 2006
COLUMBUS, Ohio –
Florida State freshman Caroline Westrup earned All-America First-Team honors as announced by the National Golf Coaches Association at its annual post-NCAA Championship banquet Friday night. Westrup is only the seventh All-America in school history, first First-Team All-America selection since Nadia Ste-Marie 1989 and the first freshman in school history to be honored with All-America honors.
Westrup finished tied for 29th in the individual standings and led the Seminoles to a 16th place finish in the 2006 NCAA Championship. It marked the third time in the last four years that Florida State had finished in the top-20 of the national standings.
“I happy to earn All-America honors in my first season,” said Westrup. “I did my best and am happy that our team did so well this season. I would like to thank Coach Dillman for taking good care of me when I came to Florida State and my teammates who helped me get acclimated to living away from home. I had a lot of fun with my teammates and having fun is very important to me.”
Westrup (Ahus, Sweden) finished in 29th place at the 2006 NCAA Championship at the Scarlet Course at The Ohio State University. The 29th place finish was her lowest of the season as she finished in the top-30 in each of the seven tournaments she entered this spring. After finishing in 24th place in her first collegiate tournament (LSU/Cleveland Golf Invitational) in March, Westrup finished in the top four of her next five events leading up to the NCAA Championship. Included in those top placings was a first place finish at the prestigious Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic at the University of Georgia, a third place finish at the Lady Gamecock Classic at the University of South Carolina and a third place finish at the NCAA East Regional.
Westrup also earned All-ACC honors this season as voted on by the leagues nine head coaches. It marked the first time a Seminole freshman had earned All-ACC honors. She also earned National Player of the Week honors by GolfWeek Magazine on March 29, 2006 after earning medalist honors in the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic.
Westrup averaged 73.64 strokes in 22 rounds in seven tournaments during the spring season. She led the Seminoles in stroke average (73.64), rounds scored at par or better (nine), rounds scored at 75 or lower (15), and low single-round score (70).
Westrup, who entered Florida State as a student-athlete in January, also excelled in the classroom. She earned a perfect grade point average in the academic discipline of general studies during the spring semester.
“I am very proud of Caroline as I am of all of our players,” said Head Coach Debbie Dillman. “To achieve this honor in her first season is a great accomplishment. To achieve this honor in her first semester is an extraordinary accomplishment. I am looking forward to coaching her and watching her continue to grow as a person and as a golfer for the next three years.”
Westrup joins a list of Seminole All-Americans that includes Michelle Guibault (1981), Lisa Young Walters (1981), Barb Bunkowsky (1982), Nadia Ste-Marie (1989), Karen Stupples (1995) and Kristin Tamulis (2003). Both Stupples and Tamulis are currently playing on the LPGA Tour.