Dec. 16, 2006
TALLAHASSE, Fla. –
Florida State University sophomore All-America Caroline Westrup, the nation’s No. 1 ranked women’s collegiate player, has been named the Mid-Season Player of the Year by Golf World Magazine as the publication handed out its mid-season awards. Westrup won the individual title at the Women’s World Amateur Team Championship in October and holds the nation’s top collegiate scoring average at 71.71.
Westrup earned medalist honors in leading the Seminoles to a top-10 team finish at the Lady Tar Heel Invitational and finished in second place at the Cougar Fall Classic to lead Florida State to the team title in the event. She finished the fall season with four rounds scored at par or better and with six of her seven single-round scores at 75 or below. Westrup shot her career-best for a single round score, a 66, in the final round of the Cougar Classic to claim medalist honors for the second time in her nine-event career.
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 competition in the event came to a close Oct. 21. 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.
Said the writers of Golf World: “The only thing that derailed the sophomore from Ahus, Sweden was an illness that forced her to withdraw mid-way from the (Auburn) Derby Invitational. Otherwise, Westrup’s second-place finish at the Cougar Classic and a share of medalist honors at the Lady Tar Heel Invitational helped her record a nation’s best 71.71 scoring average. To compliment her collegiate success, she also was the individual champion at the Women’s World team Amateur Championship in South Africa while leader her country to a second place showing.”
Florida State opens the spring 2007 season at the Northrup Grumman Regional Challenge in Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., Feb. 12-14.