June 20, 2001
LONG GROVE, Ill. –
Florida State University junior Alison Zimmer shot an 84 in the first round of the Women’s Amateur Public Links Golf Tournament in Long Grove, Ill. Zimmer shot 40 on the front side then 44 on the back side at the Kemper Lakes Golf Club. She is tied for 29th, trailing leader Candie Kung of Taiwan by 13 shots, but she is 11 shots inside the cut.
Zimmer tees off at 1 p.m. Wednesday as she attempts to qualify for match play beginning Thursday. Among Zimmer’s competition is 2001 Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Year, Virada Nirapathpongporn. Nirapathpongporn captured the ACC individual championship and help led Duke to the team championship.
The six-day tournament began Tuesday with the first round of stroke play. The second round of stroke play is Wednesday. Following the two rounds of stroke play, the top 64 players advance to match play Thursday. The finals of the match play competition are Sunday. The field will be pared from 147 after the first two rounds of stroke play to 64 who then advance to match play.
The event is being played on the 6,110-yard, par 72 Kemper Lake Golf Club. The event is open to women amateur golfers who, since Jan. 1, 2001, have played public courses and have not held privileges at any course that does not expand its privileges to the general public, or privileges of any private club maintaining its own course.
The individual champion receives a gold medal and custody of the Robert F. Dwyer Trophy for one year. The champions also receives a 10-year exemption from sectional qualifying for the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship, a two-year exemption from sectional qualifying for the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship and a one-year exemption from sectional qualifying from the next U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship.