Oct. 21, 2006
STELLENBOSCH, South Africa –
Florida State University sophomore Caroline Westrup finished with an eight-under par score of 280 to claim the individual world title at the Women’s Golf World Amateur Team Championship as she led the Swedish team to a tie in regulation play with host team South Africa. Westrup made up four strokes and added two additional strokes during the final round to win the individual championship by two strokes over Rikako Morita of Japan. Westrup shot a 69 as compared to Morita’s 75 over the final 18 holes to win the individual championship 280-282.
Westrup’s play in the final round helped Sweden pull into a tie for first in the individual standings with South Africa though the four rounds of regulation play. Sweden defeated South Africa by four strokes in the fourth round to move up from second and into a tie for first place in the team standings.
Westrup was strong and confident over the last 18 holes of the individual race on the De Zalze Golf Course. She was two-over with two birdies on the front nine and one over with two birdies and one bogie on the back nine. Westrup was four-under after 16 holes and three strokes up on Morita when the Japanese golfer finished her round with a six-under par score of 282. Westrup finished her final three holes at one-over with a bogie on the 16th hole and birdies on the final two holes to win the championship.
Westrup played her final 36 holes at nine-under par to move up from 24th place in the individual standings after the first two rounds. Westrup was under par or even on 71 of the 72 holes she played in the championship. The only time she was over par was following a bogie on the 18th hole in the second round which put her at one over par. Westrup carded 15 birdies and only seven bogies during the four-day event and didn’t card more than three bogies in any single round.
With her world championship victory, Westrup adds to Florida State’s illustrious athletic history. Previously Seminole athletes have won Olympic Gold Medals in the sports of diving and track and field.
The United States finished ninth in the team competition with Duke’s Kimberly Kim leading the way and finishing in a tie for 16th place in the individual standings.
Sweden’s recovery from a four-stroke deficit left them tied with South Africa for a 10-under-par 566 over 72 holes at the end of regulation play. Tournament rules then dictated the non-counting scores (the lowest score of the three team members) from both teams in the final round of play would be the criteria for a tie-breaker. Both teams had non-counting scores of 75 in the final round, however, forcing the tie-break to move to the second criteria–the non-counting scores from the third round of play. In that category, Sweden had a 77 while South Africa recorded a 73, making South Africa the official winner of the tournament. This was only the second time such tie-breaking criteria was used, the first coming in 2002 when Australia won over Thailand.