May 7, 2007
TALLAHASSE, Fla. –
Florida State sophomore Caroline Westrup, the nation’s No. 3 ranked player according to GolfStat, has been named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference women’s golf team in a vote by the league’s nine head coaches. It marks Westrup’s second consecutive selection to the all-conference team for the Seminole sophomore who is among the National Player of the Year contenders and a virtual lock to earn All-America First-Team honors for the second straight season.
Westrup (Ahus, Sweden), is the only the third player in Florida State women’s golf history to earn All-ACC honors multiple times in her career and the first in school history to earn the honor as both a freshman and a sophomore. Only Karen Stupples (1994 and 1995) and Kristin Tamulis (2001, 2002 and 2003) have earned the honor more than once as Seminoles with Tamulis as the schools only three-time All-ACC honoree. Both Stupples and Tamulis are enjoying professional careers on the LPGA Tour. Stupples won the 2004 British Open.
“I’m happy to be named All-ACC but I’m even happier that we are playing in the regionals this week,” said Westrup. “To be able to share this with my teammates and Coach Dillman is very special to me. Playing with my teammates and working with our coaching staff has helped me be really comfortable at Florida State. I am working toward my degree and playing with great teammates – those are the things that make me happy keep me focused. I really appreciate the recognition from the ACC coaches and hope that our team can continue to play well.”
Westrup enters the NCAA East Regional on Thursday with a career-low 72.48 stroke average in nine events this season and has earned two individual titles – at the Lady Tar Heel Invitational during the fall season and at the Florida State hosted Chrysler Challenge during the spring season. Westrup has earned top five individual finishes in six events and has not finished lower than 16th in any event this season. She has finished lower than fourth only four times in 16 career events.
Westrup earned individual medalist honors and was named the world champion as she finished as the law player at the Women’s World Amateur Championship in October of 2006. She led Sweden to a second place finish in the team standings in the event.
“Caroline is an extraordinary player and a wonderful person,” said Head Coach Debbie Dillman. “She continues to amaze us with some of the shots that she makes and with her ability to play through just about any kind of distraction on the golf course. She is truly one of the top players in the world with a very bright future ahead of herself.”
Dillman has now coached 10 players who have earned All-ACC honors a total of 14 times since Florida State joined the ACC for the 1992 season.
Florida State begins play at the NCAA East Regional at the University Course in Baton Rouge looking to earn a top-20 national finish for the third time in the last four seasons. Atlantic Coast Conference Champion Duke placed five players on the 2007 All-ACC Women’s Golf team as well as capturing Coach, Player and Freshman of the Year honors, as selected by the league’s nine head coaches.
2007 All-ACC Women's Golf Team Name School Yr. Caroline Westrup Florida State So. Amanda Blumenherst Duke So. Anna Grzebien Duke Sr. Jennie Lee Duke So. Jennifer Pandolfi Duke Jr. Alison Whitaker Duke Fr. Kelly Calkin Maryland Jr. Lauren Hunt North Carolina So. Katie Miller North Carolina Sr. Jennie Arseneault Virginia So. Leah Wigger Virginia Sr. Amanda Goins Wake Forest Sr.
Player of the Year Amanda Blumenherst, Duke
Freshman of the Year Alison Whitaker, Duke
Coach of the Year Dan Brooks, Duke