TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Carlton Kuhlo and Alex Milan – senior members of the Florida State women’s golf team – will play in the 84th Annual Women’s Trans National Golf Association Amateur Championship at the Members Club at Woodcreek in Elgin, S.C., July 29-Aug. 1. The Trans National Amateur is one of the premier women’s amateur golf championships in the country. In existence since 1927, the list of winners includes Babe Didrikson Zaharias (1946), Nancy Lopez (1976) and Grace Park (1988).
The Trans National Amateur crowned its first national champion in 1927 at Blue Hill Country Club in Kansas City. Mo. The original Tri-State Women’s Golf Association consisted of Oklahoma, Missouri, and Kansas. Since its inception they have continuously expanded to include more states and more golfers. In 1953, the event went national and grew to host all players from every state. The event has been held every year since 1927 except for the four years (1942-45) during World War II. The tournament was last held in Florida at the Tiger Point Golf and Country Club in Gulf Breeze in 1990. It is now one of the big three national amateur tournaments for women playing in the United States.
Kuhlo and Milan are two of eight golfers from the ACC who will participate in the event which is open to amateur golfers who have a handicap not exceeding to 10.4. The field of 120 players will participate in the 72 hole stroke play championship.
Kuhlo, who has played in two career ACC Championships (2013 and 2014) and two career NCAA Regional Championships (West in 2013 and East in 2014) has been a member of three consecutive NCAA Championship Tournament teams in the first three years of her career as a Seminole. She averaged a career low 75.00 strokes during the fall of 2013 and established career-bests for a single round score (68 in the second round of the Lady Gator Invitational) and a three-round tournament score (219 at the Lady Gator Invitational) during the spring of 2014.
“I’m looking forward to playing in the Trans National Amateur,” said Kuhlo. “Playing in this event will give me another great opportunity to get some tournament rounds under my belt before the fall season starts so I can come in prepared to have the best season of my career.”
Milan earned All-ACC honors in 2014 as one of the top golfers in one of the top conferences for women’s collegiate golf in the nation. She will begin her final year as one of top golfers in the ACC for the 2015 season. Milan earned her first career collegiate individual championship as she claimed medalist honors at the spring 2014 Florida Challenge and averages 76.30 strokes per round during her Seminole career.
“I am looking forward to playing the Trans next week,” said Milan. “The Trans will be the last event before the collegiate season starts for me. I am excited to play in such a historical tournament and hope to end my summer on a high note. There will be a great collegiate field and I am really looking forward to the competition.”
In addition to competing for the individual championship, Kuhlo and Milan will compete for the team trophy during the event. The team trophy will be presented to the lowest qualifying scores (the first two rounds of the event) of two contestants who represent the same club, college, university or golf organization.
Kuhlo (Tallahassee, Fla. / marketing) and Milan (Lutz, Fla. / finance) are expected to earn their undergraduate degrees from Florida State in May of 2015. Both players have been named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll in each of their first three seasons as Seminoles.
“This is a great event for both Carlton and Alex to play in before the beginning of their senior seasons,” said head coach Amy Bond. “They will play against many of the college players that we will see during the upcoming season which amounts to a strong field of golfers. I am very excited for them to play well during the championship.”
Florida State opens its fall season at the Mo Morial Invitational at Texas A&M University Sept., 15-17, 2014.