One of Rollins’ most decorated athletes ever graduates with the biggest award of all: a national championship.
Annie Dulman ’16 (Photo by Jim Hogue Photography)
From her first drive to her final putt, Annie Dulman ’16 racked up a trophy case of accolades at Rollins.
Five career victories. Twenty top-five finishes. NCAA Division II Freshman of the Year. Two-time National Player of the Year. Three-time first-team All-American.
Sweetest of all, she now owns the title of “national champion.”
In May, the Rollins women’s golf team won its sixth NCAA Division II title, the Tars’ first since 2008. Women’s Golf Head Coach Julie Garner credits Dulman as being the building block that made it possible.
“Annie put us on her back for a couple years while we were trying to put the pieces together on this championship team,” Garner says. “It was so great to really surround her with people who were capable of us getting it done.”
Photo by Jim Hogue Photography
2015-16 highlights: Led team with 74.97 stroke average; shot 4-under 68 in first round of Barry Women’s Invitational; six top-five finishes in 11 events
How would you sum up your golf career at Rollins? “I’ll definitely cherish it, because I realize the history and tradition of our program. We had such a great mix of people from a lot of places, with a lot of personalities. There wasn’t a single person who didn’t truthfully care about the others. I miss them already, and we’ve only been gone a month.”
What’s next? “I’m still exploring all my options, but I opted not to turn pro because I want to keep that part of my life separate from my career. I want to stay involved in the sports market in general, though. That’s what I know best.”
You were recruited by all the big schools. Why choose Rollins? “I knew that Rollins had a storied golf program that was very well-respected, and I knew we’d have a chance to play in some D-1 events. I also wanted a quality education, so all of the chips fell together in a really great way.”
How much did Coach Garner play a role in your decision? “It all starts with Julie. She’s a great judge of character, and she knows the girls she recruits will be a great fit for the school and the team itself. All the success we’ve had is because of her. So much of what the program is all about revolves around Julie. She cares about her players and wants to preserve the history of Rollins golf.”
Photo by Jim Hogue Photography
Let’s talk about your academic experience: “I have to give credit to the entire political science department—they really do have some of the best professors on campus. I’ve learned so much about politics, critical thinking, and writing. My advisers (Jill Jones and Joan Davison) were also very helpful; I definitely could not have gotten through school without them.”
Golf: Stanford, UNC, and Princeton.
Academics: Graphic Design, International Human Rights, and any class by Joan Davison
How would you describe your game? “I’m a good ball striker who hits it pretty straight and long.”
Does golf run in the family? “Yes. My mom, Laura Sadd Dulman, played at Kentucky and is a retired teaching pro. My dad is an avid golfer too. My brother, Michael Dulman ’17, is actually a rower at Rollins.”
Favorite place to hang out: Restaurants on Park Avenue, Fiddler’s Green, The Porch, and Olin Library
Advice to future Rollins golfers: “Realize what the players before you have done, and help build that foundation for what’s to come.”
Editor’s note: As part of our series on the women’s golf team, we’re spotlighting the five golfers—Dulman, Hally Leadbetter, Lexie Toth, Madison Lellyo, and Paige Lyle—who teamed up to win the national title. To learn more about the team’s path to the championship, read “Anatomy of a National Title”. A full-length profile on Garner will appear in the Fall 2016 issue of Rollins magazine.