May 23, 2007
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. –
Florida State University sophomore Caroline Westrup moved into a tie for 10th in the individual standings with a two-over par score of 74 on the second day of competition in the NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship on the Legends Course at LPGA International. The Seminole All-America improved her standing by three positions but is seven strokes behind Christel Boeljon of Purdue after 36 holes of play. Westrup has a two-round total of 148 while Boeljon has carded a two-round total of 141.
Westrup is competing as an individual in championship and playing to win the first individual championship in the sport of women’s golf at Florida State. She has two rounds and 36 holes remaining to make up the stroke difference, move into the lead and earn a shot at being crowned the national champion.
Westrup’s two-over par score of 74 included 11 holes of par, three birdies, three bogies and one double bogie. She began her round on hole No. 9 and cruised through her first seven holes with two birdies and one bogie to hold a one-under par score as she walked onto the 17th tee. She finished the hole with an almost unheard of double bogie to move from one-under par to one-over par. The double bogie was her first since the third round of the ACC Tournament on April 15. She finished the back side of the course at one-over par.
The All-American recovered nicely with a two birdies and one bogie to close her round at one-over par for the final nine and two-over par for the round.
Westrup played in the afternoon wave of golfers which teed of and played amid swirling winds and a significantly higher rate of wind than those faced by the morning round of golfers.
Westrup has developed a warranted reputation as a very strong closer throughout her career. She is averaging a career-low 72.27 strokes in 30 rounds during 11 events this year. Westrup averages 73.32 strokes in first round play, 73.22 strokes in second round play and 70.44 strokes in third round play. She has carded seven rounds in the 60’s this year with five of them coming on the final day of a given event. Westrup is playing in only her second four-round event as a collegian in the 2007 NCAA Championship finals after averaging 74.75 stokes in four rounds at last years NCAA Championship on the Scarlet Course at The Ohio State University.
No. 1 ranked Duke surged into the team lead with a tournament best 287 team score and leads second place UCLA by seven strokes heading into Thursday’s third round. The Blue Devils are looking to win their third consecutive national championship in women’s golf. Boeljon of Purdue, with her two-day total of 141, leads Stacy Lewis of Arkansas by one stroke. Through the first two days and 36 holes there are only five golfers under par and only two more at even par.
Westrup tees off at 8:50 Thursday morning with Lewis of Arkansas and Pamela Ontiveros of Oral Roberts.