April 23, 2001
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. –
Florida State sophomore Kristin Tamulis shot a near-career low 223 to finish in a tie for 3rd place in the individual standings and the Seminole women’s golf team finished third in the team standings at the 13th Annual Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Golf championship at Disney’s Palm Course. It marked the second time the Seminoles had finished third or higher in the last three years.
Florida State earned the third place finish with a three-round total of 936. The Seminoles’ shot a tournament-best 308 in the final round to surpass North Carolina and moved up from fourth place.
Duke freshman Virada Nirapathpongporn won the individual title with an even-par 216 score and the Blue Devils won the team championship with an 899 team score at the. It marked the third consecutive year a Duke player had won the individual championship and the conference-record sixth consecutive team victory for the Blue Devils.
Nirapathpongporn won the individual championship despite shooting a four-over par 76 in the final round. It marked her first over-par round during the three-round event. Nirapathpongporn held off a late charge by Kathryn Brenny of Wake Forest. Brenny shot a personal tournament-best two-under par 70 in Sunday’s final round and finished behind Nirapathpongporn by five strokes. Brenny was tied for fourth to begin the third round and made up six strokes over the final 18 holes.
“First, congratulations to Wake Forest for an excellent day,” said Duke head coach Dan Brooks. “We feel fortunate to hold on to win. We had an off day and that’s an example of what might happen if you relax. We didn’t quite get to the level of intensity probably due to our lead. It’s easy to get complacent.”
Brenny led a third-round Wake Forest charge which saw the Demon Deacons make up 18 strokes on Duke in the final round. As a team, Wake shot a one-over par 289 while Duke shot a 19-over par 307 in Sunday’s final round. Including Brenny’s two-under par 70, Marta Prieto shot a one-under 71, Nuria Clau carded a three-over par 75 and Deborah Means finished with a one-over par 73.
The Seminoles outdistanced North Carolina, 945, Maryland, 952 and NC State, 1024. Duke has now won a record nine ACC women’s golf championships.