June 27, 2007
LEEDS, ENGLAND –
Florida State junior Caroline Westrup added to her phenomenal list of achievements earlier this summer as she finished in third place a the Ladies’ British Open Amateur Championship, which held June 12-16 at The Alwoodley Golf Club.
Westrup, who was playing for her home country of Sweden, got off to a slow start with a double bogey on the first hole of the first round, but recovered with two birdies to go out in an even par 37. After playing the back nine at three-over 38 for a first day 75, including another double bogey on the 13th, Westrup was two strokes ahead of the projected cut line. In round two, Westrup was able to avoid the double bogey altogether, shooting a one-over 73 to easily qualify for the final 64. Westrup finished the first two rounds at 148 (+4) and tied for 17th, and was seeded 20 after tiebreakers. Spain’s Carlota Ciganda, shot six-under to win medalist honors, followed by fellow Spaniard Azahara Munoz just two strokes back.
The weekend saw torrential rain for two straight days, causing the tournament to run a day long. Paired with England’s Claire Aitken in the first round of match play, Westrup advanced with a 3 & 2 victory. In the round of 32, Westrup faced off against The Netherland’s Christel Boeljon. Boeljon, seeded 13, defeated England’s Rachel Jennings 2 & 1 in the first round. Westrup moved on to the round of 16 with a 2 & 1 win over Boeljon to become one of three Swedish players to reach the final 16, with fellow Swedes Anna Nordqvist and Karin Kinnerud, who were paired together in the third round.
The round of 16 saw another Dutch opponent for Westrup in 61-seed Marjet van der Graaff. van der Graff was one of the tournament’s Cinderella stories, having upset fourth-seed Melissa Reid in 19 holes in the first round and 36-seed Hannah Burke, both English, 3 & 2. Westrup made quick work of van der Graaff, closing her out in 14 holes by a score of 5 & 4. In the quarterfinals, Westrup took on another low seed in 53-seed Breanne Loucks of Wales. Loucks won the 1st hole, and after halving the next three, Westrup went on a tear, winning four straight holes to hold a 3-up lead through 8 holes. After winning the 10th to go 4-up, Westrup closed out Loucks on the 14th to win 5 & 4 to clinch a spot in the semifinals.
Stroke play medalist Carlota Ciganda of Spain was Westrup’s next opponent, as many were watching for the possibility of an all-Sweden final between Westrup and Anna Nordqvist. Nordqvist went up against England’s Rachel Bell in the second pairing. Ciganda proved to be too much for Westrup, winning the first two holes to quickly go 2-up. Westrup responded by taking the 3rd to cut the lead in half, and after halving the next five holes, Ciganda won the 9th, 12th, 13th, and 14th to tally a 5 & 4 win. Nordqvist won the other semifinal over Bell 4 & 2. Ciganda would eventually win the championship with a 4 & 3 win over Nordqvist, achieving a wire-to-wire victory for the Spaniard.
Westrup In The Ladies’ British Amateur Open Championship.
The Alwoodley Golf Club, Leeds, England – Par 72 (37-35), 6198 yards
STROKE PLAY – TOP 64 OF 120 ADVANCE
First Round T17 37-38 = 75 (+3)
Second Round T17 37-36 = 73 (+1) Seeded 20th for match play
Round of 64 vs. Claire Aitken, England Westrup wins 3 & 2
Round of 32 vs. Christel Boeljon, The Netherlands Westrup wins 2 & 1
Round of 16 vs. Marjet van der Graaff, Netherlands Westrup wins 5 & 4
Quarterfinal vs. Breanne Loucks, Wales Westrup wins 5 & 4
Semifinal vs. Carlota Ciganda, Spain Ciganda wins 5 & 4