May 6, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The Florida State women’s golf team was 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 in the last 12 seasons the Seminoles will compete in the NCAA Tournament. Florida State will compete against 13 of the nation’s top 50 teams including four currently ranked in the top-10. 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.
NCAA CENTRAL REGIONAL FIELD
Florida State is joined by No. 33-ranked Baylor, Bradley, Illinois, No. 35 Indiana, Kansas State, No. 30 Kent State, No. 23 Michigan, No.13 Michigan State, Nebraska, UNC Wilmington, No. 34 Northwestern, No. 4 Ohio State, No. 18 Oklahoma, No. 6 Oklahoma State, No. 22 Purdue, St. Francis (N.Y.), No. 5 Texas, Texas Christian, No. 3 Tulsa and Wisconsin in the NCAA Central Regional Tournament. A trio of individuals is also scheduled to compete in the regional championships.
FLORIDA STATE IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
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. The Seminoles began the spring season ranked 55th, moved to 48th after the Lady Gator Invitational, were ranked 44th after their strong performance in the Lady Gamecock Classic, were 42nd following their first place finish in the Lady Seahawk Invitational and 39th at the start of the ACC Championship. Florida State begins the NCAA Central Regional Tournament with its highest team ranking of the season.
SEMINOLE INDIVIDUALS IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
Junior Kristin Tamulis (Naples, Fla.) is ranked 40th in the most recent Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings. She enters the NCAA Central Regional Tournament averaging a career-low 74.26 strokes per round. The ranking represents the highest of the season and of her career for the Seminoles’ top golfer. Tamulis began the spring season ranked 74th and vaulted to 57th after finishing in seventh place in the individual standings at the Lady Gamecock Classic. She was in 54th position after her fifth place finish at the Lady Seahawk Invitational and climbed to 45th with her second place finish in the individual standings at the Ryder/Florida Collegiate Championships. Tamulis finished in a tie for fourth place at the ACC Championship
SEMINOLES AT LAST YEAR’S NCAA EAST REGIONAL TOURNAMENT
Florida State finished in a tie for 15th-place at the 2001 NCAA East Regional that was held at Finley Golf Course in Chapel Hill, N.C. The tail end of the final round was cancelled due to a rain delay and darkness with seven teams, including Florida State, still on the course. At that time, officials determined the tournament to be complete and the seven teams still on the course would finish in a tie for 15th-place. The individuals who did not finish were all grouped in a tie for 79th-place. Two Seminoles, Carrie Sordel (Windermere, Fla.) and Kelley Henderson (Marietta, Ga.), were able to complete the event before fell darkness on the event. With seven teams and 29 individuals having to end play prematurely, Sordel finished in a tie for 73rd-place while Henderson finished in 77th-place.
FLORIDA STATE WOMEN’S GOLF STATISTICS (SPRING 2002)
Name Tourn. Rounds Par -75 Low Strokes Avg.
Kristin Tamulis 5 15 5 11 71 1,114 74.26
Carrie Sordel 5 15 3 6 71 1,142 76.13
Alison Zimmer 5 15 2 5 72 1,173 78.20
Katie Quinney 5 15 1 2 72 1,188 79.20
Alison Curdt 5 15 0 0 76 1,189 79.27
Kelley Henderson 1 3 0 0 85 264 88.00
TAMULIS EARNS ALL-ACC HONORS
Junior Kristin Tamulis earned All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors for the second consecutive season as selected by a vote of the league’s six head coaches. She is only the second women’s golfer in Seminole history to earn All-ACC honors twice during her career. She is joined by only former Seminole Karen Stupples who was named All-ACC in 1994 and 1995.
FLORIDA STATE AT THE ACC CHAMPIONSHIP
The Florida State University women’s golf team finished in fourth place at the 14th annual Atlantic Coast Conference championship tournament at the Salem Glen Country Club April 19-21. Junior Kristin Tamulis finished in a tie for fourth place in the individual standings marking the second consecutive season she has finished in the top four in the ACC championship. She finished in third place in last year’s event. The Seminoles finished fourth in the team standings as they finished with a 911 team score.
TAMULIS CONTINUES TO TOP SEMINOLES
Junior Kristin Tamulis enters the 2002 NCAA Central Regional tournament as the Seminoles leader in every statistical category. In addition to her career-best and team-low 74.26 stroke average, she leads the team in rounds vs. par (five), scores of 75 or below (11), low round (71, tied with Carrie Sordel), top-10 finishes (four), low tournament (218) and tournament score vs. par (+2).
Category Statistic Event
Indiv. Finish 2 Ryder/Hatter
Top Ten Finishes 5 Hatter/Gamecock/Sea/Ryder
Low Round 71 Mason Rudolph
Score vs. Par +2 Mason Rudolph
Gross Score 218 Mason Rudolph
Stroke Average 74.26 Spring Season
TAMULIS ENJOYING CAREER-BEST SEASON
Junior All-ACC candidate Kristin Tamulis, who enters the NCAA Central Regional with a career-low 74.26 stroke average is enjoying the best season of her career. She is averaging six-tenths of a stroke better this spring than she did last spring when she earned All-ACC honors for the first time in her career. She is averaging 75.19 strokes during the Fall 2000 and Spring 2001 seasons combined.
Tamulis’ Top Career Seasons
Rank Season Stroke Average
1. Spring 2002 74.26
2. Spring 2001 74.86
3. Fall 2000 76.33
4. Spring 2000 78.20
5. Fall 1999 79.16
ZIMMER WINS TALLAHASSEE CHAMPIONSHIP
Senior Alison Zimmer (Tallahassee, Fla.) won the Tallahassee Women’s City Championship at Hilaman Park Municipal Golf Course May 4-5. She shot a 73-77 for a 150 total to win the event by 10 strokes. Alison’s father, Bill, is the head PGA professional at the course.
ZIMMER ENJOYS STRONG OUTING AT ACC’S
Alison Zimmer finished in 11th place with a score of 226 at the ACC Championship tournament. The finish was her third consecutive top-15 individual finish and her 226 score was the second best of her career. Zimmer shot a career-best 225 at the Ryder/Florida Championships in early April.
ZIMMER EARNS HER WAY INTO SEMINOLES’ LINEUP
After competing in only one tournament during the Spring of 2001, senior Alison Zimmer has earned her way back into the Seminoles’ starting lineup. After competing in the first event of the Spring 2002 season, the Lady Gator Invitational, as an individual she has been a staple in helping the Seminoles’ earn their No. 38 national ranking. She finished 15th in the individual standings at the Lady Seahawk Invitational and earned her first career top-10 finish (fifth) at the Ryder/Florida Collegiate Championship. Zimmer enters the NCAA Central Regional tournament averaging better than three strokes fewer per round this season than she did for the first three years of her career.
Zimmer’s Improvement This Spring
Season Rounds Stroke Average
Fall 1999-Fall 2001 47 81.57
Spring 2002 15 78.20
SORDEL EARNING HER FINISHES
Sophomore Carrie Sordel (Windermere, Fla.) has earned two top-10 and five top-25 finishes this spring. She earned a career-best tied for eighth finish in the individual standings at the Lady Gamecock Classic. Sordel has more top-10 and more top 25-finishes this spring than she had during her first three semesters as a member of the Florida State women’s golf team. Sordel gained her first career top-25 finish at the Stetson Hatter Classic (tied for 21st) during the Fall 2001 season. She began the Spring 2000 season on fire as she finished in a tie for ninth place at the Lady Gator and in a tie for eighth at the Lady Gamecock.
SORDEL IS AT HER BEST THIS SEASON
Sophomore Carrie Sordel has been at her collegiate best this spring. She has helped lead the Seminoles with two of three lowest rounds (71 in the Lady Gator and the Lady Gamecock) and two of five lowest round scores of the season. Her minus one score (vs. par) in the third round of the Lady Gamecock Classic is tied with Kristin Tamulis for the lowest score vs. par this season for the Seminoles.
Category Statistic Event
Low Round 71 Gator/Gamecock
Low Tournament 222 Gamecock
Indiv. Finish T8 Gamecock
Best Score vs. Par +6 Gamecock
Top 10 Finishes 2 Gator/Gamecock
Stroke Average 76.13 Season
QUINNEY A MAINSTAY IN STARTING LINEUP
Sophomore Katie Quinney (Atlantic Beach, Fla.) who earned her way into the Seminoles’ starting lineup during the Fall 2001 season, has worked hard and has realized a steady decrease in her scores this spring. She is averaging a career-low 79.20 strokes per round this season marking the first time during her career she has averaged below 80.00 strokes per round for a single season. Quinney is averaging nearly two strokes fewer per round this spring (79.20) than she did during the first three seasons of her career.
Quinney’s Springtime Improvement
Season Rounds Stroke Average
Fall 2000-Fall 2001 28 80.71
Spring 2002 15 79.20
CURDT HELPS SEMINOLES TO TEAM WIN AT RYDER
Sophomore Alison Curdt (St. Louis, Mo.), who earned a career-best 14th-place finish at the Ryder/Florida Collegiate Championship, has been one of the Seminoles steadiest golfers since her arrival in 2001 as a freshman. She has competed in all 19 Seminole events in the past two years and has helped Florida State to 12 top-10 team finishes during that span. Curdt came within one stroke of tying the best tournament score of her career with a 232 in the Ryder/Florida tournament. Her best tournament score of 231 came at the Bryan National Collegiate during the Spring of 2001.