June 17, 2003
URBANA, Ill. –
Florida State University women’s golf All-American Kristin Tamulis shot an even-par 72 in the first round of the Women’s Western Golf Association’s 103rd National Amateur Championship at Stone Creek Golf Club in Urbana, Ill., Monday. Tamulis was in a tie for ninth place and only five strokes out of the lead heading in to the second round of qualifying play Tuesday.
Following two rounds of stroke qualification play, single elimination match play begins Wednesday. The low 64 players will be placed in the Championship Flight, while the remainder of the field will play in flights based on their total qualifying score. A total of 142 players began their quest to win this prestigious tournament, where the winner will be determined in a 36 match play final Saturday, June 21st.
The low round of the first day was 67, shared by Duke University senior Leigh Anne Hardin of Martinsville, Ind., and incoming Duke freshman Brittany Lang of McKinney, Tex. Two members of the University of Texas team tied at 69; defending champion Janice Olivencia of Gurbao, Puerto Rico and Perry Swenson of Charlotte, N.C. finished the first round in a tie for third place.
Tamulis recently finished her collegiate career as one of the top and most decorated women’s golfers in Florida State history. She earned All-America Honorable Mention honors from the National Golf Coaches Association following her senior season and was a three-time All-ACC selection. As a senior in 2003, she became 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 earned her bachelor’s degree in multinational business studies in May of 2003.