exit leaves a hole in one golf team
one part of Brooke Tulls career nears its end,
she hopes another awaits her in the professional ranks.
Senior golfer Brooke Tull said she dreams of playing
golf professionally after she graduates next May.
She is well on her way to that goal. She has won four
collegiate tournaments, including the Conference USA
tournament her sophomore year. Tull has also been named
C-USA Golfer of the year each of the past two years,
and was TCUs Female Athlete of the Year for 2002-2003.
These are among numerous other awards.
Tull also played in the Collegiate World Championship
in Taiwan two years ago. She was one of five women selected
from the United States for the team that finished third
out of a field of about 10 world teams.
Currently in her last year of collegiate eligibility,
Tull is nationally ranked. She is ranked No. 31 according
and No. 5 in Par-5 scoring according to www.golfstat.com.
Tull plans on playing in amateur tournaments after her
college athletic eligibility is up until she graduates.
Head coach Angie Larkin has coached Tull four years
and said Tull is just a special player and a special
Larkin said Tull is respectful, competitive, determined,
laid-back and pushes the girls to win.
Also, she is coachable, Larkin said. Tull takes
the good with the bad, and doesnt take criticism
personally, she said.
She gives herself in so many ways, she said.
We hate to lose her.
Larkin said she sees Tull help other girls with techniques
that they need to work on; she will tell the coaches
if she sees a certain girl struggling.
Freshman Camille Blackerby first met Tull during her
recruiting trip last year. She is now a teammate and
described Tull as fun and outgoing and very
competitive. She said Tull took the time to help her
adjust to college and contributed to her golf game by
giving her advice and tips.
Shes an amazing player, Blackerby
said. You learn so many things from watching her
Tull is inspired by Angela Stanford, a 2000 TCU graduate,
who went on to play professionally for the Ladies Professional
Still, Tull said no one has played a bigger role in
her success and improvement than Larkin.
Shes helped me get this far, Tull
has been in Tulls life for a number of years.
She started playing when she was 10 years old because
her brother played competitively and her father played
My brother was really competitive, she said
of her brother who went on to play at Texas A&M.
He played a lot of junior golf.
Tull said she had to go along to a lot of his tournaments.
Tull said her parents, Ellen and Richard Tull, who live
in Georgetown, have been very supportive of her golf
Theyve gone to all of [my matches] but two
so far this year, Tull said. They travel
a lot. Its cool for them to be there supporting
She feels that the best part of golf is the competition.
I like the competition a lot. Thats probably
the thing that keeps me going. Wanting to be the best,
Tull said. Right now, getting to travel around
everywhere is really cool.
When asked what she thinks about while competing, Tull
said, In golf, the key is to play one shot at
a time and just focus on that one shot. I just try to
relax and have fun.
Tull said golf does have a downside though.
You feel like youre always going especially
in the spring, and you never stop, she said. Traveling
gets hard because you get worn out.
You miss out on some of the social life stuff,
or having one, she joked.
Tull said she is pretty close to the other girls on
the team, and they hang out a lot.
Larkin said Tulls presence will be missed on and
off the links next year.
Shes a huge part of the program, Larkin
said. You can replace golf scores, but you cant