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Sport management alumna wins first professional golf tournament

September 8, 2015 Leave a comment Go to comments
Caroline Westrup

Caroline Westrup (B.S. ’09 Sport Management)
Photo: Ron Ranew & Seminoles.com

Caroline Westrup, FSU College of Education alumna and the only four-time All-American in the history of the Florida State women’s golf team, won her first professional golf tournament at the Sioux Falls GreatLIFE Challenge at the Willow Run Golf Course in Sioux Fall, South Dakota.

Westrup graduated in 2009 with her bachelor’s degree in sport management. While in school, she was also a member of the Florida State women’s golf team (2006-09). During each of her four seasons as a Seminole, she helped lead Florida State to the NCAA Tournament. As the only four-time All-American and the four-time All-ACC selection in school history, Westrup is considered to be the greatest golfer in school history.

The Sioux Falls GreatLIFE Challenge is part of the Symetra Tour – a tour that leads to the LPGA Tour. The top 10 at the end of the season will receive 2016 LPGA Tour cards. Westrup won this tournament just four weeks after applying for a job as an assistant college coach and coming close to quitting professional golf.

“A couple of weeks ago I was ready to stop playing and now four weeks later here I am winning my first tournament,” Westrup told seminoles.com. “This is a life changer for me. I couldn’t believe that I had won; that it had finally happened for me. The first call I made was to my parents and I’ve gotten about 40 congratulatory texts and emails. It’s such a great feeling that there are so many Seminoles following me even after the years it has been since I graduated from Florida State.”

Westrup’s accomplishment has been featured in USA Today, Yahoo News, and Seminoles.com.

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