May 25, 2007
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. –
Florida State sophomore golfer Caroline Westrup shot a two-over par 74 in the final round and finished in a tie for 11th place at the NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship on the Legends Course at LPGA International. The finish is the highest individual finish in the NCAA national championship event by a Seminole women’s golfer.
Westrup’s spectacular season came to a close with the end of the event. The talented sophomore finished the season with a career-best 72.60 stroke average in 25 rounds and led the Seminoles in rounds scored at par or better (10) and rounds scored a 75 or better (22 of 25). Westrup improved her finish by two strokes and 17 places in the individual standings in the 2007 NCAA Championship as compared to the 2006 NCAA Championship when she finished in a tie for 29th place with a four-day total of 299.
Westrup carded four birdies, nine holes of even-par golf, four bogeys and one double bogey during the fourth round which was played in a myriad of weather conditions. She played through high temperatures, swirling winds and intermittent rain.
Westrup played well enough to make up for a couple of tough holes in the final day in finishing with her third score of 74 during the event. She opened her round with a bogey on her first hole before moving back to even par with a birdie on hole five. She then moved to two strokes over par with a double bogey six on the par four sixth hole before rounding out the front nine with consecutive birdies to finish her first nine holes at even par.
Westrup began the back nine with bogies on two of her first three holes and was not able to get back to even-par for the round. She birdied hole 13 to move back to one-over par before carding a bogey on 17 finishing the round at two-over par.
Stacy Lewis of Arkansas, one of six individuals in the event and a playing partner of Westrup throughout the championship, won the individual championship with a six under par total of 282. She carded a six-under par 66 in the final round to move from third place after three rounds into first place in the final standings. No. 1 ranked Duke won its third consecutive NCAA Division I championship and it nearly lapped the field in winning by 15 stokes.