July 3, 2002
HUTCHINSON, Kan. –
Florida State University junior Kristin Tamulis begins play in the 57th United States Women’s Open Championship at Prairie Dunes Country Club Thursday. She is scheduled to tee off at 2:41 p.m. (CT) on hole 10 of the Prairie Dunes course. Tamulis will then tee off on hole 1 at 9:16 am. Friday morning in the second round. The 60 lowest scores and any players tying for 60th place, or any player within 10 strokes of the lead after the first 36 holes, will continue play July 6 and 7.
Tamulis is one of 15 amateurs (of 149 total players) participating in the event. She earned her way into the field during a local qualifying tournament at the Naples (Fla.) Beach Hotel Golf Course and in two sectional qualifying rounds at the Country Club at Heathrow (Fla.). Tamulis recorded a three-over par 75 in the local qualifying tournament and shot a two-round total of 149 at the sectional qualifying tournament.
Tamulis, playing as an amateur so as to keep her collegiate status, is paired with Tonya Gill (Nashville, Tenn.) and Angela Buzminski (Oshawa, Ontario). Gill, who has played in the LPGA Tour since 1995, has participated in 13 tournaments in 2002 and won just over $36,000. Her best career finish came in 1995 as she finished 14th at the Ping Welch Championship. Buzminski is competing in her rookie year on the LPGA Tour. She has played in 10 events and has won nearly $15,000 in prize money.
Karrie Webb won the women’s U.S. Open in 2001 with an eight-stroke victory over Se Ri Pak. Webb finished with a four-round score of 273 (-7) to gain the $520,000 first prize check.
The U.S Women’s Open began in 1946 and is the longest running event currently on the LPGA Tour. It is one of the LPGA’s four major championships.
Tamulis (Naples, Fla.) earned All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors for the second consecutive season in 2002. She became only the second women’s golfer in Seminole history to earn All-ACC honors twice during her career. Former Seminole Karen Stupples was named All-ACC in 1994 and 1995.
Tamulis closed the 2001-02 collegiate season ranked 42nd in the nation in the GolfWeek/Sagarin individual rankings. She averaged a career-low 74.67 strokes per round as a junior. Tamulis was ranked as high as 40th among all collegiate women’s players entering the NCAA Central Regional Tournament and finished in a tie for 34th in the event. She began the spring season ranked 74th and vaulted to 57th after finishing in seventh place in the individual standings at the Lady Gamecock Classic. She was in 54th position after her fifth-place finish at the Lady Seahawk Invitational and climbed to 45th with her second-place finish in the individual standings at the Ryder/Florida Collegiate Championships.