Oct. 18, 2006
CAPE TOWN, South Africa –
Florida State sophomore All-America Caroline Westrup is in a tie for 13th place in the individual standings and Sweden is in second place in the team standings after one round of play at the Women’s Golf World Amateur Team Championship. Westrup, who is representing her native Sweden, finished the first day of the four-day tournament with an even-par score of 72. Through the first eighteen holes, Sweden is the only team with three players in the top fifteen — Westrup, Anna Nordqvist (third) and Sofie Andersson (tie for ninth) — leaving it in tie for second at five under along with host team South Africa and Chinese Taipei. All three teams have identical scores of 139. Japan leads the event after the first round with a seven-under team score of 137. The United States is in eighth place as it finished the event with an even par score.
Westrup played well on the front nine in the first round. Westrup started out even through four holes, then shot her first birdie on the par four fifth. With a second birdie on the par five eighth, she finished the front nine at two-under par. After a bogey on the tenth to start the back nine, Westrup buckled down and stayed at one under par through seventeen. But a second bogey on the eighteenth hole of the De Zalze course, left Westrup with a two-over finish on the back nine.
Westrup, who has played for the Swedish National Team for five years, has already achieved enormous success in her first season at Florida State. Of the seven female golfers to receive All-America honors, Westrup was the first to do so in her freshman year. She was also an All-ACC selection after leading Florida State to a 16th place finish in the 2006 National Championship last spring.
Born in Ahus, Sweden, Westrup graduated from the Swedish National Golf Gymnasium in 2005 where she also participated in gymnastics, swimming and tennis. During her final year at the Gymnasium, she won the Swedish Under 21 Championship and took home three medals (one gold and two silvers) from the European Championship as well.
Westrup and the Swedish Team will continue play tomorrow and Friday, wrapping up the final of 72 holes Saturday, Oct. 21st..