July 13, 2014
DuPont, Wash. - Florida State golfers Lydia Gumm and 2014 All-ACC selection Alex Milan will compete in the 39th Annual U.S. Women's Public Links (WAPL) Championship beginning Monday on the Home Course in DuPont, Washington. The event begins July 14 and runs through July 19. The pair, who helped lead the Seminoles to their school record ninth consecutive NCAA Championships appearance in 2014, is in the field of 156 golfers who will compete in the championship. Each competitor in the field will play in two rounds of stroke-play qualifying on July 14 and 15. The field will then be cut to the low 64 scorers for match play. A total of six match-play rounds will be conducted to determine the champion. The final match will be contested over 36 holes.
Gumm (Radcliff, Ken.) qualified for the WAPL as she placed second at a qualifying event held at Hickory Stick Golf Club in Indiana on June 2. Milan (Lutz, Fla.) earned her entry into the event as she finished fourth while playing at the qualifying event held at Madison Green Golf Course in Florida on May 31.
It marks the first time both Gumm (a rising sophomore at Florida State) and Milan (a rising senior) will play in the WAPL. The winner of the WAPL earns exemptions from qualifying for the next two U.S. Women's Amateurs, exemptions from qualifying for the next two U.S. Girls' Juniors (if eligible), exemptions from qualifying for the next two U.S. Women's Mid-Amateurs (if eligible) and exemptions from qualifying for the next two U.S. Senior Women's Amateurs (if eligible).
Gumm was Florida State's fourth-leading golfer with a 75.35 stroke average which included 13 of 20 rounds scored at 75 or below during her freshman season as a Seminole. She was the only Seminole to play in all 11 events as a member of the Seminoles' starting line-up during both the fall of 2013 and the spring of 2014. Gumm was at her best as a freshman in the postseason (ACC and NCAA Championships) as she averaged 74.67 strokes in six rounds and finished as Florida State's second highest finishing golfer in both events.
"I really like this course and the way it is set-up" said Gumm after playing it for the first time on Sunday. "It's really, really beautiful out here and I'm looking forward to a really exciting week."
Milan earned All-ACC honors in 2014 as one of the top golfers in one of the top conferences for women's collegiate golf in the nation. She earned her first career collegiate individual championship as she claimed medalist honors at the spring 2014 Florida Challenge and averaged a career-low 73.70 strokes in 20 rounds during seven tournaments as a junior.
"The course is in great shape and the greens are rolling very true," said Milan after her practice round on Sunday. "It's a real treat to play some bent grass in the summer for me. I think the course sets up really well for me. I should have quite a few wedges this week and have the opportunity to work the ball onto the greens.
"I can't wait to tee off tomorrow and compete in a national championship. It will be awesome to have my dad on the bag with me."
Gumm tees off from hole No. 10 at 12:41 PST while Milan begins play at 1:23 PST also from hole No. 10 on Monday.