May 16, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The Florida State University women’s golf team finished eighth in the NCAA East Regional and qualified for the 2003 NCAA Championship May 20-23 at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. The Seminoles, who were led by freshman Caroline Larsson’s career-best score of 68 in the final round, earned the eighth and final qualifying spot from the East Region into the NCAA championship. The Seminoles finished five strokes behind seventh-place South Carolina and four strokes ahead of ninth-place Furman. the Seminoles will play in the NCAA Championship for the fifth time in school history and for the first time since the 1999 season when they finished 13th. The Seminoles’ 13th place finish in the 1999 NCAA Championship is the best in school history. Florida State won the 1981 national championship when women’s athletics was governed by the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (A.I.A.W.)
THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP PARTICIPANTS
Florida State is joined by Duke, Georgia, Vanderbilt, Auburn, Arizona, North Carolina and South Carolina from the East Regional; California, Kent State, Texas, Purdue, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Florida and Tulsa from the Central Regional and Southern California, Oklahoma State, UCLA, Pepperdine, Arizona State, Ohio State, Washington State and Stanford from the West Regional. All of the regionals were held across the nation May 8-10.
FLORIDA STATE WOMEN’S GOLF TEAM RANKED 23RD NATIONALLY
The Florida State women’s golf team is ranked 23rd nationally in the team rankings in the most recent GolfWeek/Sagarin Power Rankings and is 18th in Golfstat’s head to head ranking of the 186 Division I women’s golf playing schools. The Seminoles have been in the nation’s top 25 by GolfWeek since March 17 and have been included in the nation’s top 30 throughout the spring season. Golfstat has ranked the team 20th or higher during each of the last seven weeks. The Seminoles’ were ranked 12th by GolfStat during the weeks of Oct. 7 and 14, 2002.
TAMULIS RANKED 18TH IN INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS
Senior All-America candidate and three-time All-ACC honoree Kristin Tamulis is ranked 18th in the national individual rankings in the collegiate GolfWeek/Sagarin Power rankings. Tamulis claimed medalist honors at the Ryder/Florida Championship (April 4-6) to mark the second event she has won this season. She was also victorious at the Lady Gator Invitational (March 9-11). In winning two tournaments, Tamulis has become the first Seminole to win multiple tournaments in the same season since All-America Michelle Guilbault won two individual titles during the 1981 season.
FLORIDA STATE IN THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP
Florida State is making its fifth NCAA Championship appearance in 2003. The Seminoles’ 2003 appearance marks its first in the NCAA Championship since 1999 when the team finished 13th in the rain-shortened event at the Tulsa Country Club in Tulsa, Okla. Current Seminole assistant coach Amy Bond gained the Seminoles’ all-time highest individual finish in the NCAA Championship with a tied for 35th placing at the 1999 event.
Seminoles In The NCAA Championship
Year Finish Score FSU Top Individual Finish
1991 14th 1,255 Erica Firnhaber T40th
1992 14th 1,236 Erica Firnhaber T47th
1994 18th 1,272 Maria Casteluci 64th
1999 13th 940 Amy Bond T35th
FLORIDA STATE WOMEN’S GOLF STATISTICS (SPRING 2003)
Name Tourn. Rounds Par -75 Low Strokes Avg.
Kristin Tamulis 6 15 2 11 65 1,098 73.20
Caroline Larsson 6 15 1 9 68 1,130 75.33
Carrie Sordel 6 14 1 6 71 1,073 76.64
Katie Quinney 6 15 1 4 70 1,156 77.07
Alison Curdt 6 15 0 6 73 1,174 78.27
FLORIDA STATE’S STARTING LINEUP
Florida State will play with the same lineup at the NCAA Championship it has used during each of its ten tournaments this year – senior Kristin Tamulis (Naples, Fla.), juniors Alison Curdt (St. Louis, Mo.), Katie Quinney (Atlantic Beach, Fla.) and Carrie Sordel (Windermere, Fla.) and freshman Caroline Larsson (Danderyd, Sweden). The quintet has played every round for the Seminoles during the 2002-03 season.
Consistency In Starting Lineups
Player Consecutive Tourn. Last Missed Tourn.
Kristin Tamulis 39 None in Career
Alison Curdt 30 None in Career
Katie Quinney 18 2001 ACC/SEC
Carrie Sordel 26 2000 NCAA Preview
Caroline Larsson 10 None in Career
SEMINOLES IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
Each member of Florida State’s lineup playing at the 2003 NCAA Championship is making her first appearance in the national championship tournament. Senior Kristin Tamulis and juniors Alison Curdt and Carrie Sordel have played in three regional championships while junior Katie Quinney has played in two regionals and freshman Caroline Larsson one during their Seminole careers.
SEMINOLE NEWS AND NOTES…
…Florida State has finished in the top-10 in each of their six tournaments this spring and each of their ten tournaments this year. The last time the Seminoles finished out of the top-10 in a tournament was during the 2002 NCAA Central Regional when they finished 17th;
…Senior All-America candidate and three-time All-ACC honoree Kristin Tamulis has led the Seminoles in scoring for three consecutive years and seven consecutive seasons. The last time Tamulis did not lead the Seminoles in scoring was during the fall 1999 season;
… Senior All-America candidate and three-time All-ACC honoree Kristin Tamulis has finished as the Seminoles’ highest ranking player in seven of ten events this years and four of six tournaments this spring;
…Senior All-America candidate and three-time All-ACC honoree Kristin Tamulis leads the Seminoles with two below-par scores this spring. Junior Katie Quinney and freshman Caroline Larsson are tied for second on the team with one each;
…Senior All-America candidate and three-time All-ACC honoree Kristin Tamulis has carded four of the Seminoles top-five tournament scores of the season. She has the No. 1, 3, 4, and 5 54-hole scores for the team this season. Freshman Caroline Larsson has the second-best tournament score of the spring for the Seminoles. Larsson’s best tournament score came in the in the NCAA East Regional to help the Seminoles advance to the NCAA Championship;
…Junior Alison Curdt’s best single-round score of the spring season came during the first round of the NCAA East Regional (73). Six of her lowest scores during the spring have come in the last three tournaments and nine rounds;
…Junior Carrie Sordel has fired three rounds of scores of 75 or less in the last two tournaments and five total rounds. She totaled three rounds of scores of 75 or less in the first five tournaments and 10 rounds of the spring season;
…Freshman Caroline Larsson carded the lowest tournament vs. par of the spring for the Seminoles at the NCAA East Regional. Larsson’s +3 score (216) was the lowest for the Seminoles since Kristin Tamulis carded a -1 (215) at the Landfall Tradition at UNC Wilmington during the fall 2002 season (No. 1-3, 2002);
…Junior Katie Quinney picked a fine time to card her career-low tournament score (227) – in last week’s NCAA East Regional. Her three-round total was one stroke better than her previous low tournament score of 228 during the 2002 Ryder/Florida Championship.
TAMULIS EARNS ALL-ACC HONORS FOR THIRD TIME
Senior All-America candidate and three-time All-ACC honoree Kristin Tamulis earned All-ACC honors for the third consecutive year this season in a vote by the league’s six head coaches. She became the first women’s golfer in Florida State history and only the 11th in ACC history to earn all-conference honors at least three times during her career. Jenny Chuasiriporn and Candy Hannemann of Duke are the only women in ACC history to earn All-ACC honors during each of the four years.
Three-Time All-ACC Honorees
Player School All-ACC Honors
Jenny Chuasiriporn Duke 96, 97, 98, 99
Candy Hannemann Duke 99, 00, 01, 02
Kalen Anderson Duke 99, 00, 01
Alexandra Armas Wake Forest 95, 96, 98
Stephanie Neil Wake Forest 93, 94, 95
Marcy Newton N. Carolina 97, 99, 00
V. Nirapathpongporn Duke 01, 02, 03
Laura Philo Wake Forest 95, 96, 97
Kathi Poppmeier Duke 94, 95, 96
Marta Prieto Wake Forest 98, 99, 01
Kristin Tamulis Florida State 01, 02, 03
TAMULIS SETS SCHOOL RECORD WITH ROUND OF 65
Senior All-America candidate and three-time All-ACC honoree Kristin Tamulis shot a school-record and career-low six-under par 65 in the final round and finished in a tie for fourth place in the individual standings at the 15th Annual ACC Championship at Salem Glen Country Club, the same course being played during the 2003 NCAA East Regional. Tamulis’ record-setting day helped the Seminoles shoot a season-low 286 in the final round of the event.
TAMULIS AMONG ACC’S TOP GOLFERS
Senior All-America candidate and three-time All-ACC honoree Kristin Tamulis enters the 2003 NCAA Championship as the ACC’s third highest ranked golfer and one of only five with a scoring average below 74.00 strokes per round. Tamulis is averaging a career-best 73.59 strokes per round in 27 rounds during ten tournaments during her senior season. A mere .75 of a stroke separates each of the top five golfers in the ACC since competition for the six conference teams began in September.
The ACC’s Top Women Golfers
Rank Player Team 02-03 Average
1. V. Nirapathpongporn Duke 73.00
2. Eliz. Janangelo Duke 73.30
3. Kristin Tamulis FSU 73.59
Ashley Prange UNC 73.59
5. Nuria Clau WFU 73.74
TAMULIS HAS WON TWICE THIS SEASON
Senior All-America and three-time All-ACC selection Kristin Tamulis has won the individual titles at both the Gator Invitational and Ryder/Florida Championships this spring. Tamulis is joined by only Elizabeth Janangelo of Duke and Nuria Clau of Wake Forest as ACC players who have won multiple tournaments this year.
Individual ACC Wins in 02-03
Player School Tournament Score
Kristin Tamulis FSU Lady Gator 215
Kristin Tamulis FSU Ryder/Florida 220
Nuria Clau WFU Landfall Tradition 214
Nuria Clau WFU Bryan National 142
K. Engstrom Duke Lady Puerto Rico 215
Megan Francella UNC ACC Championship 215
L.A. Hardin Duke Lady Gamecock 72
E. Janangelo Duke Franklin Street Trust 210
E. Janangelo Duke Liz Murphy 210
Ashley Prange UNC Mercedes-Benz 218
Abby Spector UNC Pine Needles 218
TAMULIS AND MULTIPLE INDIVIDUAL VICTORIES
Senior All-America candidate and three-time All-ACC honoree Kristin Tamulis enters the 2003 NCAA Championship looking for her third individual title of the spring season. The last Seminole women’s golfer to win three tournaments in a single year was Michele Guibault who won the Auburn, Beacon Woods and Peggy Kirk Bell tournaments during her sophomore season in 1980. Guibault was an AIAW All-American in 1981 as she led the Seminoles to the 1981 AIAW National Championship.
TAMULIS WITH CAREER LOW STROKE AVERAGE
Senior All-America candidate and three-time All-ACC honoree Kristin Tamulis enters the 2003 NCAA Championship with a career-low 73.59 stroke average in ten tournaments this year. She is averaging more than three strokes lower than her career average during the first three years of her career. Tamulis averaged 76.88 strokes during the first 29 tournaments and 85 rounds of her career. In addition, she is averaging a career-low 73.20 strokes per round in six tournaments this spring. Her previous single season career-low 74.67 strokes in six tournaments during the 2002 spring season.
Tamulis Lowering Her Scores
Years Average Seasons Average
02-03 73.54* Spring 03 73.00*
01-02 75.47 Spring 02 74.67
00-01 76.71 Spring 01 74.86
99-00 78.63 Spring 00 79.29
* – denotes career best averages
TAMULIS BY THE NUMBERS
…Statistically, Kristin Tamulis’ best round during the spring season has been the third. She is averaging 71.0 strokes in four third rounds during six tournaments this spring. Two of her third rounds have been cancelled due to inclement weather;
…Kristin Tamulis has carded three of the Seminoles’ top-four 54-hole tournament scores this spring. She carded a career-low 215 to win the Lady Gator Invitational, a 217 in finishing tied for fourth at the ACC Championship and a 220 in claiming medalist honors at the Ryder/Florida Championship.
SORDEL EARNS BEST FINISH AT RYDER/FLORIDA
Junior Carrie Sordel (Windermere, Fla.) finished in third place at the Ryder/Florida Championship to earn her career-best individual finish. She finished only four stokes out of first place in the event with a score of 224. Sordel carded her tournament-best score of 72 in the second round. She has now earned three career-top-10 finishes. An interesting note about Sordel is she caddied for All-America candidate and three-time All-ACC candidate Kristin Tamulis at the 2002 U.S. Women’s Open last summer.
SORDEL ALSO ENJOYING BEST SEASON
Junior Carrie Sordel is averaging a career-low 77.62 strokes per rounds in ten tournaments this year entering the 2003 NCAA Championship. In addition to earning her career-best third place finish and third career top-10 finish at this spring’s Ryder/Florida Championship, she tied her career-low single-round score with a 71 in the first round of the Lady Gator Invitational.
SORDEL BY THE NUMBERS
…Statistically, Carrie Sordel’s best round during the spring season has been the second. She is averaging 75.25 strokes per round in three second rounds during six events. One of her second rounds was cancelled due to inclement weather;
…Carrie Sordel’s score of 71 (+1) in the first round of the Gator Invitational is tied for the fourth best round of the spring for the Seminoles.
CURDT IN THIRD SEASON AS A SEMINOLE STARTER
Junior Alison Curdt (St. Louis, Mo.) is in her third season as a member of the Seminoles’ starting lineup and will participate in her first NCAA Championship. She is playing her best golf of the2003 season entering the NCAA Championship. Curdt earned the fourth top-15 finish of her career at the Ryder/Florida Championship as she helped Florida State to the team title. She finished with two scores of 74 and a spring-season best tournament total of 233. Curdt finished tied for 12th in the individual standings at both the ACC/SEC Challenge and the Landfall Tradition during the fall 2002 season.
CURDT BY THE NUMBERS
…Statistically, Alison Curdt’s best round during the spring season has been the first. She is averaging 76.83 strokes in six first rounds during five events;
…Alison Curdt is averaging 4.6 strokes better in her last two tournaments (76.44 in six rounds) as compared to her first three tournaments of the spring (81.00 in six rounds);
…Alison Curdt has finished in the top 20 (tied for 13th and tied for 19th) in her last two events after finishing out of the top-45 (tied for 76th, tied for 48th and tied for 77th) in her first three events.
QUINNEY BECOMES A MAINSTAY IN STARTING FIVE
Junior Katie Quinney (Atlantic Beach, Fla.), who shot her career-low round of 70 in helping the Seminoles to the team championship at the Ryder/Florida Championship, has developed into one of Florida State’s top players. She enters the 2003 NCAA Championship playing the best golf of her career and is averaging a career-best 77.07 strokes per round this spring. Quinney has been in the Seminoles starting lineup since her arrival as a transfer student from Jacksonville University in the fall of 2001. She will compete in her first career NCAA Championship this weekend.
QUINNEY BY THE NUMBERS
…Statistically, Katie Quinney’s best round during the spring season has been the second. She is averaging 74.75 strokes in four second round outings;
…Katie Quinney shot a career-low 70 in the second round of the Bryan National Collegiate. Her score of 70 (-2) in the second lowest score of the spring for the Seminoles;
…Katie Quinney’s career-low score of 70 was her best single-round score by four strokes as Seminoles and her best single round score by two strokes as a Jacksonville University Dolphin.
LARSSON PLAYING WELL AS A FRESHMAN
Freshman Caroline Larsson (Danderyd, Sweden) enters the NCAA Championship ranked second on the Seminoles in stroke average this spring. She is averaging 75.33 stokes in 15 rounds during six tournaments. Larsson has developed into one of Florida State’s more consistent players since joining the squad during the fall. She has played in all ten of Florida State’s tournaments this year and has improved her stroke average by more than two strokes from the fall season (77.92) to the spring season (75.33).
LARSSON CARDS CAREER-LOW 68 IN REGIONAL PLAY
Freshman Caroline Larsson shot a career-low three-under par 68 to lead the Seminoles in the final round of the 2003 NCAA East Regional. She birdied five of her 18 holes and was over par on only one hole. Larsson’s score of 68 is four strokes better than her previous career-low single-round score of 72 that she carded in the first round of the NCAA East Regional and the third round of the ACC Championship. She finished in a tie for 11th-place in the individual standings in regional play.
LARSSON BY THE NUMBERS
…Statistically, Caroline Larsson’s best round during the spring season has been the third. She is averaging 72.75 strokes in four third rounds during five events. Two of her third rounds were cancelled do to inclement weather;
…Caroline Larsson is ranked second on the team with nine single-round scores of 75 or better;
…Caroline Larsson’s career-low 216 tournament score at the NCAA East Regional is the lowest tournament score by a Seminole this spring.