September 23, 2002 - by
In The Locker Room With Kristin Tamulis

Sept. 23, 2002

Kristin Tamulis and her teammates play host to the third annual Chrysler ACC/SEC Challenge begin Sept. 27 at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Destin, Fla. Tamulis took some time at the turn to discuss “What’s In Her Golf Bag” with

In only its two short years of existence, the Dodge ACC/SEC Shootout has become one of the top fall events on the women’s collegiate schedule. Florida State will host three of the top 10 teams in the 2002 NCAA Championship – Duke, Auburn and Florida – in the high-powered 13-team event.

Nestled between the white, sandy beaches of the Gulf and the sheltered inlets of the Choctawhatchee Bay, Sandestin Beach and Gold Resort is a paradise unto itself.

Sandestin has emerged as the premier golf destination on the Gulf Coast. It features four championship courses with its jewel – the Raven Course – hosting one of the tournament jewels in women’s collegiate Golf – the Dodge ACC/SEC Shootout. The Raven Course weaves its way though the resort’s thick pine trees as one of the most picturesque courses in the Southeast according to course designer Robert Trent Jones, Jr.

Marked by lush landscaping, dramatic water features and varying bunker patterns providing each hole with a personality all its own. The Raven Golf Club is unique for the way it maximizes the landscape – the course looks different from morning to late afternoon. The Raven measures 6,900 yards from the championship tees, play to a par 71 and features water on 11 of the 18 holes.

What is your favorite club and why?
“My favorite club is my driver. I have been using it for five years. During that time, I have learned how to hit all of the shots I need to with that club – high shots, low shots and fades.”

You can carry 14 clubs in you bag. What is your system for how you fill you bag with different types of clubs?
“I carry three woods (my driver, a 3-wood and a 7-wood), eight irons (3-iron up to pitching wedge), two sand wedges (56 and 53 degrees) and a two-ball putter. The only club I switch out often is my putter. I carry an 7-wood instead of a 5-wood to achieve the 200-yard distance I need on the course.”

What distance do you hit each club in your bag?
“My driver, obviously, is the one I use to get the most distance. I have a great feel for the clubs in my bag and am confident about reaching the necessary yardage with the club I have to use to hit any particular shot.”

Driver 250 yards 8 135 yards
3-Wood 220 yards 9 120 yards
7-Wood 200 yards Wedge 110 yards
3-Iron 180 yards 53 degrees 90 yards
4-Iron 170 yards 56 degrees 75 yards
5 163 yards
6 155 yards
7 145 yards

What type of balls do you use (more carry, less spin, etc) and how do you mark them for each round? Does the mark have any significant meaning? How long have you been marking your ball that way?
“I use Pro V1 golf balls. They are soft, long and have moderate spin. I mark them with a blue dot to the left of the Titleist logo and a red dot to the right of the logo. I had been marking the balls I was playing with two blue dots since I was 11-years old until last year at the Lady Gator Invitational. Before the event began, coach Dillman said “change it to red to go low’. I’ve played with a red dot ever since and my scoring average has dropped.”

What have you put on the outside or your bag as decorations?
“I have pins of tomahawks and spears on the outside of my bag. I have been accumulating those since I was a freshman at Florida State. I also have a couple of zipper pulls – one that coach Dillman gave me and another I received from one of our former athletic trainers.”

Do you carry any thing inside of your bag for good luck? How long have you carried that particular item? Where did you get it? Who did you get it from?
“I carry a pine cone that I picked up while I was playing the course at the University of Michigan when I was 15-years old. I found myself playing with the pinecones on the course throughout the tournament because it was a slow round and playing with it kept my mind busy. I shot even in the round that day and won the tournament.”

How long have you been playing with the set of clubs that are in your bag right now?
“I have had my irons for 3 1/2 years; my driver for five; my woods for two; my wedges for five and I got my putter in February of 2002.”

What do carry to mark your balls on the green? Do you carry money – a specific coin?
“I carry the new state of Florida quarters that I get from my teammate Carrie Sordel before each event.”

What is you career low round score? Where and when did you do it? Do you have any career holes-in-one? What is your most memorable shot?
“My career-low round is 68which I shot in Naples, Fla., during my junior year of high school. My collegiate low score is 70 during the Lady Seminole Invitational my freshman season. I shot my first career hole-in-one at the Lady Gator Invitational during my freshman season. It came on Coach Dillman’s birthday – Feb. 27. My most memorable shot is making the putt to qualify for the 2002 U.S. Open. It was down hill left and to the right, my least favorite shot. I discussed the shot with my caddie, Carrie Sordel, and decided to hit the ball off the toe of my putter to deaden the roll. I hit it and watched it roll in. I dropped my putter and hugged Carrie. Making that putt and qualifying for the open was an amazing feeling. Thinking of it still gives me goose bumps.”

What is your most favorite course?
“I don’t really have a favorite course because they are all unique and special. The Teeth of the Dog course in the Dominican Republic is beautiful and the Arcadian Bluffs course in Michigan is amazing. I love to play the game of golf, and no matter where I am, I thrilled to be on the course no matter what it looks or plays like.”

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