July 5, 2002
HUTCHINSON, Kan. –
Florida State junior Kristin Tamulis realized the third best stroke improvement in the field during the second round of the 2002 U.S. Women’s Golf Open at Prairie Dunes Country Club but did not make the cut as the field was pared down heading into Saturday’s third-round of the most prestigious tournament in women’s golf. Tamulis carded a five-over par 75 in Friday’s second round and finished in a tie for 135th with a two-round score of 158. She missed the cut by a mere 10 strokes.
Tamulis played well Friday as she improved on her first round score by eight strokes. Only one other golfer, Emilee Klein of the United States, improved her second-round score by more than Tamulis. Klein shot a second round 71 after finishing with a score of 80 in Thursday’s first round. Tamulis carded a first round 83.
On the way to improving her score by eight strokes, Tamulis was much more consistent in round two as compared to round one. She improved her averaged drive by nearly 11 yards, hit 14 percent more fairways (71 percent – 57 percent), hit 16 percent more greens (44 percent – 28), carded three birdies (she had one in round one) and had nine pars (she had eight in round one) in the second round as compared to the first round.
Tamulis finished the first major event of her career two strokes ahead of Hall-of-Famer Nancy Lopez. Lopez finished with a two-day total of 160.