February 19, 2001 - by
Florida State Women’s Golf Team Opens 2001 Season

Feb. 19, 2001

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –


SETTING THE SCENE
The Florida State women’s golf team opens its spring 2001 season as it travels to play in the 2001 SunTrust Lady Gator Golf Invitational. The event is played at the University of Florida Golf Course. It is a par 72, 5,821-yard course.


THE 2001 LADY GATOR GOLF INVITATIONAL FIELD
In addition to the Florida State Seminoles, Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Central Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana State, Mississippi, Mississippi State, North Carolina, South Carolina, South Florida, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest will participate in the Lady Gator Invitational.


FLORIDA STATE IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
The Florida State women’s golf team is ranked 45th in the nation in the latest GolfWeek.com national rankings. The Seminoles earned two top-10 and four top-15 team finishes during the fall 2000 season. The Seminoles are ranked fourth among Atlantic Coast Conference teams. Duke is the nation’s No. 1 ranked team. The Blue Devils are followed by No. 19 Wake Forest, No. 34 North Carolina and No. 45 Florida State. Senior Louise Wright is ranked 104th among individual players.


NOTING SENIOR LOUISE WRIGHT
Senior Louise Wright (Ipswich, England) enters the 2001 spring season as the Seminoles’ top golfer. She has competed in 27 tournaments during her career and is averaging 78.06 strokes in 76 career rounds. She played well during the fall 2000 season as she led the team with a 77.21 average in five tournaments. She began the fall with five consecutive rounds in the 70’s and shot an individual best round of 73 in the second round of the Tar Heel Invitational. Wright’s top tournament score during the fall came at the Lady Paladin Invitational as she finished in a tie for 29th place with a score of 227 (+11).


TAPPING IN ON TAMULIS’ TALENT
Sophomore Kristin Tamulis (Naples, Fla.) has earned two varsity letters and begins the 2001 spring season as one of the Seminoles’ most consistent golfers. She owns one career top ten individual finish (seventh place at the 1999 Lady Seminole Invitational) and has a career average of 78.85 in 41 career rounds. Her top three rounds during the 2000 spring season (75, three-over par) came at the Lady Gator Invitational (third round), the Casa Del Campo Collegiate Invitational (first round) and at the Ryder/Florida Women’s Collegiate Challenge (first round). Tamulis shot her career-best round of 70 during the third round of the 1999 Lady Seminole Invitational.


HEAD COACH DEBBIE DILLMAN
Debbie Dillman, who has successfully developed the Florida State women’s golf program into one of the top programs in the nation, is in her 17th season as the Seminoles’ head coach. Dillman has developed a perennial national power at Florida State. Her teams consistently rank among the best in the Atlantic Coast Conference and the nation. Her 2001 squad enters the spring season ranked among the top 50 teams in the nation. Florida State has played in the NCAA Tournament eight times and has won 14 tournament championships since Dillman became head coach. In addition, nine different golfers have captured a total of 14 individual championships. Dillman was honored as the Atlantic Coast Conference Coach-of-The-Year in 1992, the Seminoles’ first year in the conference.

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