Feb. 1, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
As the Florida State women’s golf team prepares for the 2001 season, head coach Debbie Dillman sees a strong combination of talent and competitiveness throughout her lineup as being the key for the upcoming season. The team will rely on one senior, Louise Wright, and a number of underclassmen, to lead the Seminoles to the NCAA Tournament.
“The fall season gave us a number of key finishes ranking-wise, but the spring will be the real test,” said the 17th year head coach. “We fought off a lot of key injuries in the fall and I’m hoping that our conditioning program will allow us to play stronger this spring.”
Senior Louise Wright (Ipswich, England) and sophomore Kristin Tamulis (Naples, Fla.) are the Seminoles’ two most experienced players. The two were the most consistent players for the Seminoles during the fall season and will be the team leaders again this spring.
Wright led the Seminoles with a career-low 77.21 stroke average in five tournaments in the fall. She earned five scores under 75 in 14 rounds and earned a low round of 73 at the Tar Heel Invitational. Wright has been among Florida State’s most consistent golfers during the first three years of her career.
Tamulis participated in all five tournaments in the fall and was one of three Seminoles to finish the non-traditional season with an average in the 70’s. She averaged 79.29 strokes per round in 14 rounds and shot a season-low 73 in finishing tied for 12th in the individual standings at the ACC/SEC Challenge in Destin, Fla.
“I’m looking for Louise and Kristin to have strong seasons,” said Dillman. “Both players performed consistently well and led our team in the fall. For our team to be successful, those two must lead by example and play well during each round.”
Alison Curdt (Ellisville, Mo.), a freshman, also played consistently well during the fall season. She was the only newcomer to participate in all five tournaments and averaged 80.71 strokes in 14 rounds. Dillman needs Curdt to continue her learning and improvement curve for the Seminoles’ to reach post-season play for the third time in the last four years. She carded a first-season low of 76 in the final round of the Lady Paladin Invitational.
“Alison Curdt endured the typical period of adjustment that all freshman must go through,” said Dillman. “She returned from the semester break on a real personal mission and I expect her to be very competitive this season. I see great things from Alison during her career at Florida State.”
Juniors Allison Zimmer (Tallahassee, Fla.) and Kelley Henderson (Marietta, Ga.) bring added maturity and experience to the Seminoles. Zimmer, in her third year in the program, and Henderson, a transfer, are both wonderful compliments who will help the team compete among the nation’s elite throughout the spring.
Zimmer played in all five fall tournaments and shot a team-low round of 72 during the Lady Paladin Invitational. She shot 72 and 73 in the final two rounds of the tournament and finished with a career-low tournament score of 226 (+10).
Henderson competed in two tournaments during her first semester at Florida State and averaged 83.67 in six rounds. She shot her single-round low of 78 in the second round of the Lady Paladin Invitational.
“Alison Zimmer played terrific golf for us last fall and has been a solid performer throughout her career at Florida State,” said Dillman. “I expect her to compete for playing time in each tournament this spring, and that will make us a much better team.”
“Kelley gives us incredible depth at the No. 5 position and will allow us to be very flexible throughout the season,” said Dillman. “I really like her competitive spirit and the fact that she has two years of collegiate experience in her golf bag will benefit her individually and our team as a whole.”
Junior Kristin Sanborn (Lee’s Summitt, Mo.) is one of the Seminoles’ hardest workers who is on the cusp of breaking into the lineup. She was a regular in the lineup during the 2000 spring season and participated in the ACC Tournament, finishing tied for 19th. Sanborn shot a career-low of 79 during the Lady Gator Invitational last spring.
“Kristin Sanborn is poised to make a run at the starting lineup and has worked hard on her all-around game,” said Dillman. “I see her making great strides this spring and being an important member of our team.”
Freshman Carrie Sordel (Windermere, Fla.) is another player who has a bright future at Florida State. She played in one tournament during her first semester as a Seminole and displayed tremendous potential for a stellar collegiate career. She participated as an individual at the Auburn University Tiger Derby Invitational and finished with a score of 255 (+39). She shot an 81 in he best round during the tournament.
“Carrie is maturing in her game and will push others to make both herself and her teammates better players said Dillman. “She is learning that power isn’t everything and could contend for a position in the starting five.”
Freshman Lindsay Iding (Lansing, Mich.) has displayed the future promise that will her allow the Seminole program to flourish well into the future. Senior Kelly Winship (Dunedin, Fla.) joins Wright as the only seniors on the roster while Iding could challenge for playing time as a freshman. Both Iding and Winship have the credentials to help the Seminoles this season.
“I feel that we are more talented throughout the lineup and more competitive within the squad this season than we have been in the recent past,” said Dillman. “Our talent and competitiveness should prove to be a good combination for this group of players to push us through a tough spring schedule and into the post season.
Dillman has worked diligently over the years to upgrade the Seminoles’ schedule to where it is now one of the most competitive in the nation. This year’s schedule is ranked as the 18th toughest in the nation and should provide the team with a very accurate barometer of how it compares to the other top teams in the nation.
“Playing our toughest schedule ever has helped us raise our own expectations and allows us to know exactly what we have to do in order to qualify for the NCAA Tournament,” said Dillman. “”While more teams will be included in postseason play, the format change makes it more challenging to achieve one of our annual goals.”
The Seminoles’ upcoming spring schedule includes the always-tough Lady Gator Invitational, The Ryder-Florida State championship and the ACC Championship. All three tournaments included many of the nation’s top teams and will provide tremendous challenges for Florida State.
2000-01 Florida State University Women’s Golf Schedule
Feb. 23-25 Lady Gator Invitational Gainesville, Fla. All Day
March 30-Aprl. 2 Ryder-Florida State Championships Miami, Fla. All Day
April 6-8 Bryan National Collegiate Championships Greensboro, N.C. All Day
April 20-22 ACC Championships Orlando, Fla. All Day
May 10-12 NCAA Regionals TBA All Day
May 23-26 NCAA Championships Howey-In-The-Hills, Fla. All Day