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Westrup Begins Play in NCAA Women’s Golf Championship Tuesday

May 21, 2007

Florida State All-American Caroline Westrup shot a two-under par 70 in the final round, finished with a career-best eight-under par 208 tournament score and advanced as an individual to the NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship to be held at the LPGA International Course in Daytona Beach, Fla., May 22-25. She becomes the third Seminole player to advance to the national championships as an individual. Westrup finished in a tie for fifth place in the individual standings and was the top scoring individual not on an advancing team at last week’s NCAA East Regional Championship. It marks the second consecutive NCAA Championship finals appearance for Westrup who competed with her team at the nationals at the Ohio State University in 2006. She finished in a tie for 29th place in the individual standings in leading the Seminoles to a 16th place finish in the 2006 NCAA championship.

RANKING Caroline Westrup
Sophomore All-America candidate and ACC selection Caroline Westrup is ranked third in the women’s individual collegiate rankings by GolfWeek and sixth in the rankings by GolfStat.

Sophomore All-America candidate and ACC selection Caroline Westrup arrives at the LPGA International Course in Daytona Beach with one thing on her mind – winning an individual national championship. Westrup earned the top NCAA individual finish in school history with a tied for 29th placing at the 2006 NCAA Championships. Winning a national championship would be Westrup’s second major individual championship of the last year – she won the individual world championship at the Women’s World Amateur Championships in South Africa in October.

Individual Seminoles' Top Finishes in the NCAA Championship
Year    FSU Top Individual          Finish
1991    Erica Firnhaber             T40th
1992    Erica Firnhaber             T47th
1994    Maria Casteluci             64th
1999    Amy Bond                    T35th
2003    Kristin Tamulis             T28th
2004    Carrie Sordel               T38th
2006    Caroline Westrup            T29th

Sophomore All-America candidate and ACC selection Caroline Westrup, the nation’s No. 3 ranked player according to GolfWeek, was named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference women’s golf team in a vote by the league’s nine head coaches on May 7. It marks Westrup’s second consecutive selection to the all-conference team for the Seminole sophomore who is among the National Player of the Year contenders and a virtual lock to earn All-America First-Team honors for the second straight season. Westrup is the only the third player in Florida State women’s golf history to earn All-ACC honors multiple times in her career and the first in school history to earn the honor as both a freshman and a sophomore. Only Karen Stupples (1994 and 1995) and Kristin Tamulis (2001, 2002 and 2003) have earned the honor more than once as Seminoles with Tamulis as the schools only three-time All-ACC honoree. Both Stupples and Tamulis are enjoying professional careers on the LPGA Tour. Stupples won the 2004 British Open.

Florida State, the No. 11 seed in last week’s NCAA East Regional Championship, is ranked 24th in the latest GolfWeek rankings and 32nd in the latest GolfStat / Sagarin power rankings.

Sophomore All-America candidate and ACC selection Caroline Westrup is looking to become the first golfer to earn All-America twice during her career as a Seminole. She is currently one of eight Florida State golfers to earn All-America honors once during her career and is one of two Seminoles to have earned All-America First-Team Honors during her career.

Sophomore All-America candidate and ACC selection Caroline Westrup, the nation’s No. 3 ranked women’s collegiate player, was named the Mid-Season Player of the Year by Golf World Magazine in January 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 third best collegiate scoring rating at 70.67 entering the 2007 NCAA Championship.

Sophomore All-America candidate and ACC selection Caroline Westrup is one of the top golfers in the nation and the ACC. Entering the 2007 NCAA Championship, Westrup owns the second best scoring average in the ACC, is tied for second in scores at par or better, tied for first with in scores in the 60’s and second in low single round score for the year (66 at the Cougar Classic and at the Northrop Grumann Regional Challenge).

The ACC's Top Golfers
Player, School                     Avg.
Amanda Blumenherst, Duke           70.81
Caroline Westrup, Florida State    72.14
Jennie Lee, Duke                   73.22

Sophomore All-America candidate and ACC selection Caroline Westrup finished in second place in the individual standings and led the Seminoles to a third place finish in the team standings at the 19th Annual Atlantic Coast Conference Championship at the Carmel Country Club. Westrup tied the school record for the highest individual finish by a Florida State player in the ACC Championship in leading the Seminoles to their highest finish in the event since they also finished third in the team standings in 2001. Duke, the No. 1 ranked team in women’s collegiate golf, won its unprecedented 12th consecutive conference championship as it outdistanced second-place Wake Forest by 35 strokes and third-place Florida State by 40 strokes.

Sophomore All-America candidate and ACC selection 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 competition in the event came to a close Oct. 21, 2006. 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.

The Florida State women’s golf team earned a cumulative grade point average of 2.362 during the fall 2006 and spring 2007 academic semesters while ranking among the nation’s top 25 teams in the same competition seasons. Caroline Westrup, one of the top candidates for National Player of the Year honors, holds a 3.65 grade for her academic career. She earned Dean’s List honors during the fall and a perfect 4.0 GPA in sport management during the spring semester. Junior Whitney Brummett earned a perfect 4.0 during the fall semester and better than a 3.5 during the spring semester in her major of political science.

Sophomore All-America candidate and ACC selection Caroline Westrup has displayed her outstanding conditioning throughout the season with her scoring average going down as her rounds go up. Westrup, who averages a career-low 72.14 strokes in 28 rounds during 10 events this year, averages 73.32 strokes in first round play, 73.22 strokes in second round play and 70.44 strokes in third round play this season. She has carded seven rounds in the 60’s with five of them coming on the final day of a given event. Westrup will play in only her second four round event as a collegian in the 2007 NCAA Championship finals after averaging 74.75 stokes in four rounds at last years NCAA Championship on the Scarlet Course at The Ohio State University.

Westrup - Round By Round
Event                Rd. 1    Rd. 2    Rd. 3     Total    Avg.
Cougar Classic       74       72       66        212      70.67
Tar Heel             73       72       69        214      71.33
Auburn Derby         76       W        W         W        W
Northrop Chal.       79       79       66        224      74.67
Chrysler Chal.       74       73       68        215      71.67
Lady Gator           77       77       67        216      72.00
Liz Murphey          72       73       71        216      72.00
Bryan National       72       74       78        224      74.67
ACC Champ.           66       70       79        215      71.67
NCAA East            69       69       70        208      69.33
Totals               732      659      634       2,020    72.14
Averages             73.32    73.22    70.44     72.14

…Caroline Westrup has carded six rounds with scores in the 60’s with her career-low for a single round of 66 coming in the third round of the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge on Feb. 14, 2007. Of the eight rounds in the 60’s by the Seminoles in the last two seasons, Westrup has carded six of those rounds;
…Caroline Westrup is tied for the ACC lead with Duke’s Amanda Blumenherst for scores in the 60’s this year with eight. Five of those scores have come in third round play and a single-tournament high of two came during the 2007 NCAA East Regional Championship. Westrup has eight career rounds with scores in the 60’s;
…Caroline Westrup has had all 21 of her rounds (100 percent) counted toward the team score this spring. She has counted a total of 49.5 of 50 rounds (.990 percent) in her 17 career events as a Seminole. Westrup has counted each of her rounds as a full percentage since the third round of the 2006 ACC Championship – a total of 35 consecutive rounds counted;
…Caroline Westrup has finished as Florida State’s top golfer in all nine events she has completed this season and in 17 of the Seminoles’ last 18 events since her arrival for the beginning of the spring 2006 season. The only event she did not finish as Florida State’s leader was during the fall 2006 Auburn Tiger Derby after withdrawing from the event. Westrup returned from South Africa and the World Championships the same week as the Derby.

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