April 29, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The Florida State women’s golf team has been selected to participate in the NCAA Central Regional Tournament, May 9-11 at Michigan State’s Forest Akers West Golf Course in East Lansing, Mich. It marks the second consecutive season and ninth time since the 1990 season the Seminoles have been selected to compete in the NCAA Tournament.
Florida State is ranked 38th in the most recent GolfWeek/Sagarin rakings. The Seminoles began the season ranked 55th in the nation and have climbed steadily throughout the season. Seminole junior All-America candidate Kristin Tamulis (Naples, Fla.) is ranked 40th in the nation in the individual standings. That ranking is the highest of Tamulis’ three-year Seminole career.
Florida State has earned three top-five team finishes this spring and won the team championship at the Ryder/Florida Women’s Collegiate Championship with three players earning top-10 individual finishes. In addition, the Seminoles finished in a tie for first at the Lady Seahawk (UNC Wilmington) Invitational and place fourth at last week’s Atlantic Coast Conference Championship.
“This is an exciting time for our team,” said head coach Debbie Dillman. “We have played well this season and I feel we are playing our best golf heading into the regional tournament. It’s great for our players and our program to have earned our way into postseason play for a second season in a row.”
Florida State is scheduled to compete against 13 of the nation’s top 50 teams including four currently ranked in the top-10. Among the Seminoles’ competition is No. 3 ranked Tulsa, No. 4 Ohio State, No. 5 Texas and No. 6 Oklahoma State. Michigan State, the host school, is ranked No. 13 in the nation.
Three regional tournaments will be held May 9-11 to determine the NCAA championships field. A total of 324 participants have been selected for regional competition. Of these payers, 126 will advance to the championship finals, May 21-24 at Washington National Golf Club in Auburn, Wash. Eight teams and two individuals will advance from each region.
Tamulis, an All-ACC selection last year, leads the Seminoles with a career-low 74.26 stroke average. She has earned four consecutive top-seven individual finishes and finished in fourth place at last week’s ACC Championship. She finished in second at the Ryder/Florida Championships in April and has carded 11 rounds (out of 15) with scores of 75 or below this spring.
Sophomore Carrie Sordel (Windermere, Fla.) is ranked second in stroke average among the Seminoles with a career-low 76.13 mark. She has two top-10 individual finishes including a tied for eighth place at the Lady Gamecock Classic in March.
Florida State participated in the NCAA East Regional last season. Because of severe rainstorms in Chapel Hill during the final round, the Seminoles were unable to complete play and were forced to accept a DNF in the team standings.