April 30, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The Florida State women’s golf team has been selected to play in the NCAA East Regional, May 10-12 at Finley Golf Course in Chapel Hill, N.C. It marks the first time since 1997 and eighth time since 1990 that the Seminoles have been invited to participate in the NCAA Tournament. Florida State is one of 21 schools that will compete for the championship of the East Regional. The top eight teams and top two individuals (not on one of those eight teams) will advance to the NCAA Championships to be played May 23-26 at the Mission Inn Resort in Howie-in-the-Hills, Fla.
Florida State, which finished third in last week’s Atlantic Coast Conference Championship, is currently ranked 43rd in the nation and 15th in the east region. Among the Seminoles’ competition in the regional at Chapel Hill are No. 1-ranked Duke, No. 5 Auburn, No. 6 Georgia, No. 11 Pepperdine, No. 15 Texas Christian, No. 16 Northwestern, No. 18 Wake Forest and No. 20 Vanderbilt. A total of 16 teams currently ranked in the nation’s top-50 have been selected to play in the East Regional.
“We are thrilled and excited to have earned our way into the East Regional,” said Florida State head coach Debbie Dillman. “Our players have prepared for this and we played during the spring season to put ourselves in this position. I am very happy for our players and our university.”
The three-day, 54-hole tournament will be played on the par 72, 6,211-yard Finley Golf Course on the campus of the University of North Carolina. Tee times begin at 7:30 a.m. each day with a staggered start off the No. 1 and No. 10 tees with the last tee time at 1:20 p.m.
Senior Louise Wright (Ipswich, England) and sophomore Kristin Tamulis (Naples, Fla.) lead the Seminoles. Wright is averaging a career-low 75.00 strokes per round this spring and finished second at the Ryder/Florida Collegiate Championships in Miami (March 30-April 2). Tamulis, who is averaging a team-leading 74.75 strokes per round, finished in a tie for third at the recently completed ACC Championships.
Florida State has finished in the top 10 in each of their four tournaments this spring and have had five different golfers shoot 18 rounds of 75 or below in their four tournaments. Wright leads the team with three rounds of par or better while Wright (three-under par 69 in the Ryder/Florida Championship) and Kristin Tamulis (71 in the third round of the Bryan National Collegiate) have carded below par rounds. In addition, all 12 of Tamulis’s rounds this spring (100 percent) have counted toward the team score.