Oct. 16, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State sophomore All-America golfer Caroline Westrup will represent Sweden in the World Amateur Golf Championships in Cape Horn, South Africa Oct. 18-21. The bi-annual event, which takes place at the Stellenbosh and De Zalze Golf Courses, is a 72-hole stroke-play tournament for the Espirito Santo Trophy which has been awarded to the top amateur women’s team in the world since 1964. Westrup will represent Sweden for the first time as it attempts to repeat as World Champions after winning the event in 2004.
Westrup is currently the third ranked women’s collegiate golfer in the nation by GolfWeek Magazine after finishing tied for first in the individual standings at the Lady Tar Heel Invitational in October and second at the Cougar Fall Classic in September. She is averaging 71.00 strokes in six rounds and is a cumulative total of six strokes under par for the fall season. Westrup carded her career-low score for a single-round with a 66 in the third round of the Cougar Fall Classic.
Katarina Vangdal, Sweden’s Head Coach, faces the daunting task of trying to repeat as the tournament champion after the Swedish team won the tournament in 2004. The task will be made especially difficult this year as the field expands to a record-breaking 51 teams. This year’s team is focused around Westrup, a player the Vangdal describes as “a long hitter” and a “great teammate.” Before the 2004 championship tournament, the highest Swedish finish was second in 1988. The Swedish team has never finished outside of the top 10.
“Caroline has improved her game a lot in the past two years” said Vangdal. “This year she was the top player in the European Team Championships as she led Sweden to the team championship. She was in my thoughts early regarding taking one of the spots for the World Championships.”
Westrup will look to maintain her magical touch at the international level during her career in the event. Westrup was the runner up in the Finnish Ladies Open in 2005 (a stop on the Ladies European Tour) and was named the top amateur in the TPC hosted by Annika Sorenstam. However, the light bulb was replaced by a spotlight this year at the European Team Championships when Westrup won all of her matches and played her best golf when the pressure was on.
Westrup’s great play has not just been on the international level. She earned All-American First-Team honors and All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors as a Seminole freshman in 2006. She became the seventh player in school history to earn All-America status and the first to grab the honor as a freshman. Westrup enjoyed an extraordinary season as a freshman as she finished her first collegiate season with a 73.64 average with a low round of 70. She also earned five top five individual finishes. Westrup finished first in only her third collegiate event, the esteemed Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic at the University of Georgia.