May 22, 2008
Albuquerque, NM –
Florida State Junior All-American Caroline Westrup shot a five-over par 77 in the third round and is in a tie for 16th place after the first three rounds of the NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship on the Champions Course at the University of New Mexico Golf Club. Westrup is nine strokes behind Azahara Munoz of Arizona State who has a three-round total 214 (two-under par) heading into the final round. Westrup has a three round total of 223 (seven-over par).
Play was suspended because of darkness with eight teams yet to finish. The third round will be completed Friday morning before the beginning of the fourth and final round.
“It was tough going out there today,” said Westrup. “I was happy with my play in the first round even with the one bad hole. I was able to finish the second round well and started strong in the second round so I was happy. I continued to hit the ball well but I seemed to always be in between clubs because of the wind. It was very frustrating. Because of the stoppages in play I was never able to get into any kind of rhythm.”
Forced to play nearly two full rounds because the second round of the event was suspended because of high winds on the course on Wednesday, Westrup was forced to play through even more rough weather throughout the day on Thursday. The wind that blew in on Wednesday brought rain, lightning and temperatures as low as 40 degrees. The start of the third round was delayed because of lightning in the area. Soon after the shotgun start (after Westrup had played one hole in the third round) the golfers were taken off the course for just over an hour before play resumed.
“Tomorrow is another day and anything can happen with the kind of weather they are predicting again for the last round,” she said. “I am going to be prepared for anything and go out and play good golf.”
Westrup carded a two-over par 74 as she completed her second round of play. She began the round on Wednesday afternoon and played only two full holes before the round was suspended because of high winds on the course. In playing the back nine first (holes No. 10 through 18) she finished with one birdie, one bogey and seven holes of par and was at even par after playing her first nine. Westrup set herself back as she carded a triple-bogey seven on the par four hole No. 1 at the very beginning of her second set of nine holes. She recovered and birded hole No. 7 to finish her second round with a two-over par score of 74. Westrup was tied for 13th place after the first 36 holes of the 73 holes tournament.
Westrup’s 76 in the third round included six bogeys and only one birdie. She was four-over par with four bogeys and zero birdies on her last eight holes of the round. Westrup was a total of one over par on her first 10 holes with one birdie and only two bogeys. She began the round on the 18th hole of the course as all of the 125 competitors were spread out because of the shotgun start.
No. 2 ranked Southern California maintained its lead in the team standings. The Women of Troy hold a three stoke lead over their cross-town rival UCLA. The Bruins are the No. 3 ranked team in the nation. No. 1 ranked Duke, the three-time defending national champion, is in seventh place and 19 strokes behind USC.