May 23, 2008
ALBUQUERQUE, NM - Florida State University junior Caroline Westrup shot a one-under par 71 in the final round and finished in a tie for 13th place as play in the NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championship on the Champions Course on the University at New Mexico Golf Club came to a close on Friday. Westrup played her best round of golf in the four round event and finished only eight strokes behind the winning individual score.
Westrup finished the event with a six-over par score of 294. She finished at even par in the first round (72) and at one under par in the final round (71). Azahara Munoz of Arizona State won the individual title as she defeated Tiffany Joh of UCLA in a playoff. Munoz and Joh finished tied in the individual standings with identical scores of one-under par 287.
Westrup played her best round of golf in the final round as she was never more than one stroke over par for the entire round. She carded a bogey on her first hole of the afternoon and then birdied two of her next three holes to move to one-under par. Westrup closed her first nine holes at one under par. She then played her second nine holes at even par to finish with a score of 71.
"I felt like I played good golf today in the final round," said Westrup. "The weather was the craziest I have ever played in. We had to stop play on hole No. 7 because there was hail the size of golf balls falling on the course. We had to wait for the hail to melt before we could make our shots."
Westrup carded a tournament-best four birdies in the fourth round after carding a total of three birdies in her second and third round combined. In her best two rounds of the tournament she carded a total of seven birdies; in her middle two rounds she carded a total of three birdies.
"I wanted to win the event or even finish in the top 10 in the final standings but I was unable to do that," said Westrup. "The middle 36 holes were tough on me. I wish the weather would have cooperated with all of the golfers in the event. I played 50 of the last 54 holes with my umbrella up."
Westrup has earned three top-30 individual finishes in her first three NCAA Championship finals appearances. She finished in a career-best tied for 11th place in 2007.
No. 2 ranked Southern California won the team championship with a six-stroke victory over UCLA. The top ranked team in the country - Duke - finished in third place and 12 strokes behind USC. The Blue Devils were playing for their fourth consecutive national championship.