July 25, 2006
UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS –
Florida State University All-American Caroline Westrup made a birdie on the first playoff hole to win her match on the final day to give Sweden the team title at the European Ladies Junior Championship at the Golf Course De Pan on July 16. Westrup, a rising sophomore on the Seminole women’s golf team, won the deciding match on the 19th hole to lead Sweden to its first team championship in the event since 1994 and fifth team championship in the event since it began in 1968.
Sweden, which entered the event as the No. 3 seeded team, defeated No. 1 seeded Spain to claim the championship. The road to the championship for Sweden included victories over No. 6 seeded Germany, No. 2 seeded England and Spain in the championship round. Spain entered the event as the two-time defending champion and was denied the title for only the third time since 1992 in the bi-annual event. The final standings saw Sweden finish in first, Spain in second, England in third, France in fourth and Germany in fifth in the 14-nation event.
Westrup defeated Azahara Munoz of Spain in the deciding match to give Sweden the championship. Her victory gave Sweden the deciding point in its 4-3 victory in match play over Spain. The team competition was well played and very close with two of the matches going into a playoff, three others being decided two and one and another being decided five and three.
Westrup was Sweden’s top golfer in stroke play. She carded a team-leading 71 in the first round and a 74 in the second round of stroke play. Westrup then earned victories in match play against Germany, England and Spain in the championship round of match play.
Westrup earned All-America First-Team and All-ACC honors in 2006 as one of the nation’s top female collegiate golfers for the Seminoles. She became only the seventh All-America in school history, the 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. She also performed well academically with a 4.0 grade point average in her first semester at Florida State.