Oct. 20, 2006
CAPE TOWN, South Africa –
Florida State University sophomore golfer Caroline Westrup shot a six-under par 66 in the third round and is tied for third place in the individual standings entering the final round of the Women’s Golf World Amateur Team Championship. Westrup played a brilliant round as she carded seven birdies in 18 holes on the Stellenbosch Golf Course to put Sweden back in contention to claim their second consecutive world championship. Sweden is in second place only four strokes behind South Africa with 18 holes remaining to play.
The final 18 holes of the event will by played and a world championship team crowned Saturday.
Westrup’s 66, which ties her collegiate and international best, was tied for the best round of the day and tied for the second best round of the tournament. She moved from an individual position of tied for 24th after two rounds into a tie for third after three rounds. Westrup made the third highest individual jump of the day as she moved up 21 positions in the standings. The largest jump of the day came from Keterina Rucizkova of the Czech Republic who moved up a total of 25 spots from her second round ranking of tied for 72 to her current position of tied for 47 with a one-under par score of 71.
Westrup, who has a three-day total of 214, begins final round play only four strokes behind Rikako Morita of Japan. Morita fired a seven-under par 65 in the first round and has been the leader since day one. Westrup is tied for third with a group of four women; one stroke behind Pin-Lin Yu of Chinese Taipei and four strokes behind Morita. Westrup has been three stokes better than Morita over the last two rounds with an advantage of 139-142.
Sweden enters the final round of the event only four strokes behind South Africa in the chase for the team championship. As a team, Sweden was gained three strokes on South Africa and moved up three positions in the team standings in the third round.
Westrup is the highest ranking U.S. collegiate player through the first three rounds of the event.
The United States is in sixth place and six strokes out of first entering the final round.