March 25, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State plays in its second tournament of the spring season as it competes in the 2001 RYDER/Florida Women’s Collegiate Golf Championship at the Don Shula Golf Club in Miami Lakes, Fla., March 30-April 2. The 30th annual tournament, hosted by the University of Miami, brings together 15 schools from the state of Florida for three rounds of golf to determine the state champion. The Seminoles finished tied for fourth in the team standings last season with Louise Wright finishing in 11th place to earn the top individual finish for Florida State. Central Florida won the team championship in 2000.
THE 2001 RYDER STATE CHAMPIONSHIP FIELD
Florida State is joined by Barry, Bethune Cookman, Central Florida, Florida, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Florida Southern, Jacksonville, Lynn University, Miami, Nova Southeastern, Rollins, Stetson and South Florida in the 2001 RYDER/Florida Women’s Collegiate Golf Championship.
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.
SEMINOLES AT THE SUNTRUST LADY GATOR INVITATIONAL
Sophomore Kristin Tamulis (Naples, Fla.) shot a career-low five-under par 221 and finished in a tie for 12th place in the individual standings at the Lady Gator Invitational at the University of Florida golf course. Tamulis’ career-best score helped the Seminole women’s golf team to a ninth place finish in the event. Florida State finished ahead of four teams (South Carolina, North Carolina, Mississippi State and Wake Forest) that are ranked ahead of it in the national rankings. Senior Louise Wright (Ipswich, England) also performed well in finishing 23rd in the individual standings. She earned an even-par score of 72 in the second round and totaled an eight-over par 228 for the tournament.
TAMULIS SHINES FOR SEMINOLES AT LADY GATOR
Sophomore Kristin Tamulis earner her top career gross score (221) and top career score vs. par (five-under par) as she earned her sixth career top-15 finish. She was very consistent throughout the event shooting 73-74-74. Her first round score of 73 is tied for her second- lowest collegiate round.
SEMINOLE NEWS AND NOTES
Freshman Carrie Sordel (Windermere, Fla.) earned career-best scores for a single round (73, third round) and tournament (231) while placing a career-best tied for 42nd place at the SunTrust Lady Gator Invitational.
FLORIDA STATE WOMEN’S GOLF STATISTICS
Name Tourn. Rounds Par -75 Low Strokes Avg.
Kristin Tamulis 1 3 0 3 73 221 73.67
Louise Wright 1 3 1 1 72 224 74.67
Carrie Sordel 1 3 0 1 73 231 77.00
Alison Zimmer 1 3 0 0 76 234 78.00
Alison Curdt 1 3 0 0 77 236 78.67
Kelley Henderson 1 3 0 0 77 237 79.00
TAMULIS AT THE LADY GATOR
Sophomore Kristin Tamulis carded three of the top five rounds for the Seminoles during the Lady Gator Invitational. Her career low-tying round of 73 came during the first round of the tournament and stands as the second lowest round of the season for the Seminoles. Her second and third round scores (both 74) are the fourth and fifth best scores of the season. Senior Louise Wright shot the top round of the tournament for Florida State (even-par 72) in the first round while Carrie Sordel shot her career best 73 in the second round.
WRIGHT SHOOTS PAR – AGAIN
Senior Louise Wright shot an even-par 72 in the second round of the Lady Gator Invitational to mark the fifth time that she had shot even par or below during her Seminole career. She shot a career-low round of 70 during the third round of the Lady Seminole Classic in 1999.
SEMINOLES PLACE PAIR IN TOP 25
Sophomore Kristin Tamulis (tied 12th) and senior Louise Wright (23rd place) both earned top 25 individual finishes during the Lady Gator Invitational. It marked the second time this year that the Seminoles had multiple golfers finish in the top 25 during the same tournament. Former Seminole Beth McCumber (Tied 12th) and Wright (Tied 12) helped Florida State to a seventh place finish at the 2000 Auburn Tiger Derby Invitational (Sept. 8-9).
KEEPING THE SCORES DOWN
Of the 18 individual round scores turned in by the Seminoles at the Lady Gator Invitational, 12 (two-thirds) were five-over par or below. The Seminoles averaged 76.67 in the first round, 75.0 in the second round and 79.00 in the third round.
CURDT WITH CAREER BEST PERFORMANCE
Freshman Alison Curdt (Ellisville, Mo.) totaled a career-best 236 (20-over par) during the Lady Gator Invitational. The 236 score was her lowest (by one stroke) during her first year as a member of the Seminole golf program. Her previous career-low tournament scored was 237 during the Lady Paladin Invitational at Furman University during the Fall 2000 season.
HENDERSON SHOOTS WELL AT LADY GATOR
Junior Kelly Henderson (Marietta, Ga.) shot a pair of strong rounds (77 and 78) in the first and second rounds of the Lady Gator Invitational and finished in a tied for 65th place. Henderson, a transfer from Georgia State University, has worked her way into the Seminoles’ starting lineup. She was in the lineup during the final two tournaments of the fall season and during the spring-season opening Lady Gator.
ZIMMER FEATURED IN TALLAHASSEE MAGAZINE
Junior Alison Zimmer (Tallahassee, Fla.) is featured in the Mach /April 2001 issue of Tallahassee Magazine. She is one of four local Tallahassee women featured in an article entitled “Women In Sports.” Zimmer tells of her career in golf dating to when she was just four years old, earning the Tallahassee city championship, competing at Lincoln High School and earning a scholarship to play on the collegiate level at Florida State.
ZIMMER PLAYS CONSISTENTLY AT LADY GATOR
Junior Alison Zimmer played well at the Lady Gator Invitational as she totaled a 234 and finished in a tied for 54th place. She earned her best round of the tournament, a four-over par 76 in the second round. Zimmer round of 76 is the third best of her career at Florida State. She shot a career-low even par 72 during the second round of the Lady Paladin Invitational during the fall 2000 season.
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 herself was honored as the Atlantic Coast Conference Coach-of-The-Year in 1992, the Seminoles’ first year in the conference. The Seminoles finished second in the conference tournament that season and finished only two strokes behind North Carolina for the team championship.
THE DON A. VELLER SEMINOLE GOLF COURSE
The Don A. Veller Seminole Golf Course is named for Dr. Veller in recognition of his fifty years of dedication to Florida State and the Seminole golf program. Veller came to Tallahassee in 1948 as Florida State’s first full-time head football coach. Veller propelled his first Seminole football team to the first bowl game in school history in 1949 and the first undefeated season in school history in 1950. In 1953, his career and passion turned to golf and he became the Seminoles’ head coach until his retirement in 1982. During his reign, Veller’s teams were routinely among the country’s best and went undefeated in 1957.