July 19, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State rising senior Alison Curdt and recently graduated senior Kristin Tamulis, who helped lead the Seminole women’s golf team to the 2003 NCAA Championships, have both qualified to compete at the 2003 U.S. Women’s Amateur Golf Tournament Aug. 4-10 at Philadelphia Country Club in Gladwyne, Pa.
Curdt and Tamulis earned their way into the field of 156 in sectional qualifying during the month of July at 18 different sites around the nation. Play in the event begins Aug. 4 with two rounds of stroke play. The low 64 players will advance to match play with a 36-hole final Aug. 10 to determine a champion.
Curdt qualified to play in her second consecutive U.S. Amateur as she shot a 76 during her sectional qualifying round at the Mission Viejo Country Club in Mission Viejo, Calif.
Curdt (St. Louis, Mo.) was a mainstay in the Seminoles starting lineup during the spring of 2003 who played in all seven tournaments including the NCAA Championship, NCAA East Regional and ACC Championship. She averaged 75.67 strokes during the 54-hole East Regional and shot a season-best 73 in the first round of the event as she helped the Seminoles qualify for the NCAA Championship. In addition, she earned her best career ACC Championship finish this past spring with a tied for 15th finish.
Tamulis qualified for her second consecutive U.S. Amateur as she blistered the field at Bear Links Country Club in West Palm Beach, Fla., with a five-under par 67 during her qualifying round. She won her sectional qualifying tournament by seven strokes and was one of four players to shot sub-70 rounds during the 18 sectional qualifiers leading into the U.S. Amateur.
Tamulis (Naples, Fla.) earned All-America Honorable Mention honors from the National Golf Coaches Association following her senior season in 2003. She was a three-time All-ACC selection — the first player in Florida State women’s golf history and only the 12th in ACC history to earn All-ACC honors three times during her career. Tamulis ranked 23rd in the final national GolfWeek/Sagrain Performance Index following the 2003 season.
The Seminole pair is schedule to be joined by Becky Lucidi, Michelle Wie and Virada Nirapathpongporn among others. Lucidi captured the championship last year and is returning to defend her title. Wie, the 13-year-old long-hitting sensation, played in the U.S. Women’s Open earlier this month and Nirapathpongporn recently won the individual title at the Southern Women’s Amateur.
The United States Women’s Amateur is one of 13 national championships conducted by the United States Golf Association, of which ten are strictly for amateurs.