Gallina-Rump Named Interim Women's Golf Coach
Aug. 21, 2001
Katie Gallina-Rump, one of the most renowned women's amateur golfers in the city's history, has been named as interim women's golf coach at The University of Memphis. She replaces Debby King, who resigned her position at the U of M to accept a similar position at Notre Dame.
"We are delighted that Katie has agreed to serve as our interim golf coach", said Athletic Director R.C. Johnson. "She has an outstanding record as an amateur player and her name is recognizable to all young golfers in the Mid-South. I'm sure she will be a good fit for our golf team".
Gallina-Rump will inherit a conference championship squad that participated in the NCAA Regional championships last season and did not lose a player to graduation. In addition, she will have new signees, Ava Lalancette of Essex Junction, Vermontjoining the team. The 2000-01 Lady Tiger team had a top ten finish in each event played and were invited to the NCAA West Regional.
A 1998 graduate of Auburn University, Gallina-Rump lettered for four seasons for the Lady War Eagles and received All-America, All-SEC and Academic All-SEC honors along the way. She received All-SEC honors as a freshman after averaging 78.81 strokes per round and gained the same honor as a sophomore with a 79.01 stroke average. As a junior Gallina-Rump dropped her average to 76.44 and picked up All-America honors to go with her Academic All-SEC ranking.
She helped her team to three consecutive NCAA berths (1996-98) and to the SEC Championships in 1996. Gallina-Rump received the Leah Rawls Adkins Award, which is given to the Auburn Athlete for excellence in sports, academics and community service, in 1998.
In addition to her collegiate record, Gallina-Rump qualified for and played in the 1997 U.S. Women's Amateur Championship in West Newton, Massachusetts. In 1995, she was the low amateur qualifier with a 74 and lost in a four-way playoff for the final three spots in the 18-hole qualifier for the U.S. Women's Open. Gallina-Rump was the Tennessee state amateur champion in 1995 and 1996 and has been the runner-up in 1998 and 2001. She was the Tennessee Four-Ball champion in 1999 and 2000 and won the Tennessee State Open in 2000.
Since graduation, Gallina-Rump has worked at Windyke Country Club and has served as a substitute teacher in the Shelby County School System.
A native Memphian, Gallina-Rump graduated from St. Agnes High School in Memphis where she was named to the Ping Junior All-American team in 1993. She was named to The Commercial Appeal's Best of the Preps women's golf team for two years and received the Silver Anniversary Best of the Preps Golf Athlete of the Year as a senior.
King, who has coached the Lady Tigers since the fall of 1995, leaves the U of M to start a women's golf program at Notre Dame. During her tenure at Memphis, King led her squads to six tournament championships, including the 1997 and 2001 Conference USA championships and played in five NCAA Tournaments.