June 13, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) - Former Florida State golfer Caroline Westrup, the only four-time golf All-American in school history, will play in the 2013 U.S. Women's Open June 24-30 at Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y. It marks the first career appearance in the U.S. Women's Open for Westrup who graduated from Florida State and turned professional in 2009.
Westrup qualified to play in the Open on May 28 at the Heathrow (Fla.) Golf Club as she carded a 36-hole total of 143 to finish second in the sectional qualifying tournament. She carded scores of 71-72 and finished second behind LPGA veteran Lorie Kane who carded a two round score of 140. Westrup was one of four players who qualified from the Heathrow Country Club qualifying site.
"It's a great feeling to qualify to play in the U.S. Open for the first time in my career," said Westrup. "In addition to it being my first U.S. Open, it is also the first time in my career that I will play in an LPGA event and that makes it even more exciting for me. Playing in the U.S. Open is going to be a great experience but this is where I want to be. I want to earn the opportunity to play against the best players in the world on the LPGA Tour - something that has always been a dream of mine."
Since turning professional in 2009, Westrup has been playing with a great deal of success on both the Ladies European and Symetra Tours. She has earned two top five finishes this spring on the Symetra Tour with a second place finish at the Symetra Classic and a fifth place finish at the Florida's Natural Charity Classic. Westrup finished in a career-best 29th place in the Tenerife Open on the Ladies European Tour in 2012.
Westrup is considered to be the greatest golfer in school history as she helped lead the Seminoles to the NCAA Tournament in each of her four seasons in Tallahassee. She was a four-time All-American - First-Team in 2006 and 2007, Second-Team in 2008 and Honorable Mention in 2009 - and is still the only golfer in school history to earn All-ACC honors during each of her four collegiate seasons. Westrup averaged 73.21 strokes in 110 rounds during 37 career events and earned her bachelor's degree in sport management in December of 2009.
Former Seminole All-American Karen Stupples, who has won two majors during her career on the LPGA Tour, is currently an alternate to play in the event and hopes to be invited to play in the field for the 10th time in her professional career. She finished in 10th place, a career best, in the U.S. Women's Open in 2005.
"It's great for Caroline to represent Florida State and play in her first career U.S. Women's Open," said Seminole Head Coach Amy Bond. "I am confident that she can play well and hopefully this event can be a springboard for her professional career. It is going to be a great experience for her; every Seminole will be rooting for her to do well."
Situated on 300 acres in Southampton, NY, and neighboring the historic National Golf Links of America and Shinnecock Hills Golf Course, the Sebonack Golf Club has been carved out of land which seems to have been long-destined to become a golf course. Sebonack features holes that offer panoramic views of Long Island's Great Peconic Bay and Cold Spring Pond. The visual impact of the water vistas competes for the golfer's eye with the rolling fairways, expansive bunkers and waste dunes, and undulating greens that present tricky swales and burrows. Jack Nicklaus and Tom Doak, two designers with dramatically different styles, have used the natural contours and features of the land to create a unique look. The result is that Sebonack looks quite different from its illustrious neighbors and provides a strong golfing challenge for players of all calibers.