May 22, 2007
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. –
Florida State University All-America Caroline Westrup, who is playing as an individual in the NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championships, shot a two-over par score of 74 and is in a tie for 13th place in the individual standings after the first round of play. The team and individual competitions are being played on the Legends Course at LPGA International.
Westrup carded 10 holes of par, three birdies and five bogies to arrive at her two-over par score of 74. She was two-under par with three birdies and one bogie on the front nine and plus four with four bogies on the back nine. Westrup was at or under par for her first 13 holes before carding two bogies on her last four holes to finish at two over par. She had as many birdies in her first 18 holes in Tuesday’s round (five) as he had in finishing in a tie for fifth place at the NCAA East Regional Championship (five) two weeks ago at the University Course in Baton Rouge.
“I started off really well and had a lot of confidence throughout the round,” said Westrup. “The wind started to swirl around the fifth hole and that gave me some trouble. I was in between a couple of clubs, didn’t commit to a couple of shots on the back nine and I didn’t get all of my putts to fall. I am only five strokes back and there are three rounds to play. I am looking forward to going back out tomorrow.”
Westrup is included in a group of nine players who finished the first of 54 holes with two-over par scores of 74. She is only five strokes behind individual leader Selanee’ Henderson of UC Irvine who carded a career-low tying score of three-under par 69. Henderson finished 37th in last week’s NCAA West Regional Championship and has her team in a tie for eighth in the team standings. Westrup is only four strokes behind Amanda Blumenherst of Duke – the ACC champion and current No. 1 ranked player in women’s collegiate golf. Blumenherst carded a two-under par score of 70.
Only five golfers finished with scores below par and only three more finished with scores at even par. The Legends Course is measured at 6,351 yards and is set at par 72.
Westrup is ranked No. 7 in the nation by GolfStat and No. 3 by GolfWeek Magazine.
No. 7 ranked Southern California is the team leader after one round of play. The Trojans finished with a seven over par score of 295 and are two strokes ahead of North Carolina and Louisville. No. 1 ranked Duke is five strokes behind USC in fifth place.