April 16, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State travels to the 13th annual Atlantic Coast Conference women’s golf championships at the Palm Golf Course at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando. It marks the 10th time the Seminoles will compete in the event, having become a member of the conference in 1991 and participated in its first tournament in 1992. Florida State has finished as the runner-up three times in its first nine appearances in the event (1992, 1995 and 1999). This year’s event marks the second time it has been held in the state of Florida. The Seminoles hosted the event at the Killearn Country Club in Tallahassee in 1995 and finished second.
THE 2001 ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP FIELD
Florida State is joined by No. 1-ranked Duke, No. 22-ranked Wake Forest, No. 40-ranked North Carolina, Maryland and NC State in the six-team field at the ACC Championships. Florida State is ranked No. 45 in the most recent GolfWeek.com rankings. In addition, the event features nine of the top 100 women’s collegiate golfers in the nation.
SEMINOLE RESULTS IN THE ACC CHAMPIONSHIP
Florida State has earned three runner-up finishes in its first nine appearances in the annual ACC Championship. Head coach Debbie Dillman was named the ACC Coach of the Year in the Seminoles’ first year in the conference 1992. Mary-Lee Cobick finished in second place in the individual standings with a score of 223 in 1992 and Tiffany Faucette also gained a runner-up finish with 222 score for the three-round, 54-hole event.
Seminoles’ Team Finishes In The ACC Tournament
1992 2nd Place, 923 1997 4th place, 937
1993 4th Place, 941 1998 4th place, 935
1994 4th Place, 957 1999 2nd Place, 902
1995 2nd Place, 908 2000 4th Place, 974
1996 4th Place, 944
FLORIDA STATE IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
Florida State is ranked No. 44 in the most recent GolfWeek.com rankings. The rankings were released following its eighth place finish at the Bryan National Collegiate Tournament. Florida State now has four wins against top-25 ranked teams. The Seminoles are the fourth highest rated ACC team in the rankings. Individually, senior Louise Wright (Ipswich, England) has climbed to an individual ranking of 76th.
SEMINOLES AT THE BRYAN NATIONAL COLLEGIATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
Florida State sophomore Kristin Tamulis (Naples, Fla.) shot a season-low 71 and finished in a tie for 28th-place as four Seminoles shot below, at or one stoke-over par in the final round of the Bryan National Collegiate Women’s Golf Tournament at the Bryan Park Champions Golf Course. The Seminoles shot a season-best 289 round as a team and finished in eighth place in the team standings. Florida State’s eighth-place finish in the final standings represented a six-position jump over the final two rounds of the tournament.
FLORIDA STATE WOMEN’S GOLF STATISTICS
Name Tourn. Rounds Par -75 Low Strokes Avg.
Louise Wright 3 9 2 6 69 662 73.56
Kristin Tamulis 3 9 1 5 71 674 74.89
Alison Zimmer 1 3 0 0 76 234 78.00
Alison Curdt 3 9 1 1 72 704 78.22
Carrie Sordel 3 9 0 1 73 707 78.56
Kelley Henderson 3 9 0 2 73 712 79.11
SEMINOLES IN THE TOP TEN – AGAIN
Florida State earned its third consecutive top-10 finish as its placed eighth in the Bryan National Collegiate. The Seminoles finished ninth in the Lady Gator Invitational (Feb. 23-25), a season-best sixth in the Ryder/Florida Women’s Collegiate and eighth at the Bryan National Collegiate.
WOMEN’S GOLF TEAM HONORED FOR ACADEMICS
The Florida State women’s golf team was honored at the annual Golden Noles banquet on April 9 for outstanding academic achievement. The women’s golf team is one of only three women’s teams at Florida State that has a cumulative grade point average above 3.0. Senior Louise Wright was selected by the coaching staff to earn the prestigious Golden Nole award for the team.
SEMINOLES’ FINAL ROUND AT THE BRYAN
Florida State shot a season-low 289 team round in the third round of the Bryan National Collegiate. Sophomore Kristin Tamulis shot a season-low one-under par 71, freshman Alison Curdt (Ellisville, Mo.) shot a career-best even-par score of 72, senior Louise Wright shot a one-over par 73 and junior Kelley Henderson (Marietta, Ga.) shot a career-best one-over par 73.
TAMULIS TURNING IT ON AT RIGHT TIME
Sophomore Kristin Tamulis shot a near career low score of one-under par 71 in the third round of the Bryan National Collegiate. It marked her best score since the third round of the 1999 Lady Seminole Classic. Tamulis has been on a tear this spring with five of her nine rounds coming in at 75 or below. In addition, she has finished in the top 15 (12th at Lady Gator and 13th at Ryder/Florida) twice0 this spring.
WRIGHT CONTINUES TO LEAD SEMINOLES
Senior Louise Wright, who is ranked 76th in the nation in the most recent GolfWeek.com rankings, continued her torrid spring season at the Bryan National Collegiate. She finished in a tie for 20th-place with a seven-over par score of 223. She has carded six of her nine rounds at 73 or below and enters the ACC Championships with career-low 73.56 strokes per round average.
CURDT MAKING THE CUT
Freshman Alison Curdt established career-bests with an even-par 72 in the third round and a three-round tournament score of 231 at the Bryan National Collegiate. Her 72 was the best single-round score of her career (by four strokes) while her 231 was the best tournament score of her career (by five strokes). In addition, she earned her second consecutive (and third of her career) top 50 individual finish.
HNDERSON EARNS BEVY OF CAREER-BESTS
Junior Kelley Henderson shot her career-best round of one-over par 73, earned her career-best tournament score of 235 and finished in a tie for 58th-place at the Bryan National Collegiate. She shot career-best low rounds on consecutive days (three-over par 73 in round two and one over par 73 in round three) during the tournament. Henderson’s previous career-best low round was a 76 during the 1999 Trans America Athletic Conference Championship and the 1999 University of Mississippi Invitational. Her career-best collegiate finish came at the 1999 TAAC championship as she placed 23rd.
SORDEL CONTINUES TO CONTRIBUTE
Freshman Carrie Sordel (Windermere, Fla.) is enjoying a fine spring season. She has been a member of the Seminoles’ starting five in each of the first three tournaments of the spring and is averaging a career-low 78.56 strokes per round. Sordel carded a career-best one-over par 73 in the second round of the Lady Gator Invitational and finished the tournament with a career-low three-round score of 231. A week later, she earned a career-best tied-38th individual finish at the Ryder/Florida Women’s Collegiate Championships.
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.