Sept. 24, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State plays host to the third annual Chrysler ACC/SEC Challenge at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Destin, Fla. In only two short years of existence, the ACC/SEC Challenge has become one of the top fall events on the women’s collegiate schedule. Florida State will host three of the top 10 teams in the 2002 NCAA Championship – Duke, Auburn and Florida – in the high-powered 13-team event. Nestled between the white, sandy beaches of the Gulf of Mexico and the sheltered inlets of the Choctawhatchee Bay, Sandestin Beach and Golf Resort is a paradise unto itself. Sandestin has emerged as the premier golf destination on the Gulf Coast. It features four championship courses with its jewel – the Raven Course – hosting one of the tournament jewels in women’s collegiate Golf – the ACC/SEC Shootout. The Raven Course weaves its way through the resort’s thick pine trees as one of the most picturesque courses in the Southeast according to course designer Robert Trent Jones, Jr.
THE THIRD ANNUAL CHRYSLER ACC/SEC CHALLENGE FIELD
Florida State is joined by Duke, Maryland, North Carolina, NC State and Wake Forest on the ACC team and Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky and Mississippi State on the SEC with Furman playing as the wildcard team.
ACC/SEC TEAMS IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
12 teams ranked in the nation’s top 50 at the end of the 2002 season, including NCAA champion Duke, will play in the third annual Chrysler ACC/SEC Challenge. Auburn (ranked No. 1 in the nation at the conclusion of the 2002 season) was followed by No. 2 Duke, No. 10 Georgia, No. 11 Florida, No. 20 Wake Forest, No. 28 Furman, No. 33 North Carolina, No. 37 Mississippi State, No. 42 Florida State and No. 44 NC State in the national rankings.
HISTORY OF THE ACC/SEC CHALLENGE
The Southeastern Conference, led by Auburn in 2000 and Florida in 2001, has won the Commissioner’s Cup at the first two ACC/SEC Challenges. Celeste Troche led Auburn to the inaugural team championship in 2000 with a tournament record one-under par, 212 tournament score. Kristy McPherson of South Carolina claimed medallist honors in 2001 with a four-over par, 217-tournament score (the third-best individual score in tournament history). Florida won the team title in 2001 as Whitney Code led the way for the Gators. Florida established the team score record for the tournament, 892, in winning the event last year.
SEMINOLE INDIVIDUALS IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
Florida State senior Kristin Tamulis, a two-time All-ACC selection, was ranked 42nd in the women’s collegiate individual standings at the end of the 2002 spring season.
FLORIDA STATE – A SEASON PREVIEW
Led by one of the nation’s top senior golfers and fresh from two consecutive NCAA regional appearances, the Florida State women’s golf team hopes to ride its wave of momentum by earning its way into the NCAA championship tournament during the 2002-03 season. The Seminoles, who return four of their five starters to a power-packed lineup, will look to build on their success from the season and the outstanding summer outings enjoyed by the team’s most prominent golfers. All-America candidate Kristin Tamulis, a two-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference honoree, competed in the U.S. Women’s Open, the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship and the Western Open in 2002 as she continued to build her national profile.
FLORIDA STATE WOMEN’S GOLF STATISTICS (FALL 01/SPRING 02 STATISTICS)
Name Tourn. Rounds Par -75 Low Strokes Avg.
Kristin Tamulis 10 30 7 14 71 2,265 75.50
Alison Zimmer 9 27 3 6 71 2,143 79.37
Carrie Sordel 10 30 3 7 71 2,381 79.37
Alison Curdt 10 30 0 0 76 2,407 80.23
Katie Quinney 9 27 1 1 72 2,173 80.48
Kelley Henderson 3 9 0 1 73 732 81.33
Tyler Johnson 2 6 0 0 81 504 84.00