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Florida State Women’s Golf Team Travels To Bryan National Collegiate

April 3, 2001

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State travels to Greensboro, N.C. to play in the Bryan National Collegiate Championship beginning Friday, April 6 and running through Sunday, April 8. The event will be played on the par-72, 6,064 yard Bryan Park Champions Course in Browns Summit, N.C. The three-round event (54 holes, 18 each day) begins Friday and Saturday at 8:30 a.m. with a traditional start and Sunday at 8:30 a.m. with a shotgun start. The Seminoles finished eighth in the team standings last season as Louise Wright earned a second-place finish with a six-over par tournament score of 222.


THE 2001 BRYAN NATIONAL COLLEGIATE CHAMPSIONSHIP


Florida State (ranked No. 45 in the nation) is joined by the College of Charleston (No. 71), Duke (No. 1), Furman (No. 33), Kentucky (No. 65), Louisville (No. 54), Memphis (No. 55), Miami (No. 58), UNC Greensboro (No. 68), North Carolina (No. 40), NC State, Oklahoma State (No. 15), Penn State (No. 67), Purdue (No. 20), South Carolina (No. 27), Tennessee (No. 6) and Wake Forest (No. 22) in the Bryan National Collegiate women’s golf tournament.


FLORIDA STATE IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS


The Florida State women’s golf team is ranked 45th in the most recent rankings released by GolfWeek.com. Three other ACC schools in the top 50 join the Seminoles: Duke (No. 1), Wake Forest (No. 22) and North Carolina (No. 40). Senior Louise Wright is ranked No. 97 in the individual rankings. Wright’s ranking reflects a jump of seven positions for her last ranking of 104th.


SEMINOLES AT THE RYDER/FLORIDA COLLEGIATE CHAMPIONSHIPS


Florida State senior Louise Wright (Ipswich, England) tied her career high with a second place finish in the individual standings to propel the Seminole women’s golf team to a sixth place finish in the team standings at the Ryder/Florida Women’s Collegiate Golf Championships. Wright (Ipswich, England) shot a career-best three-round score of 215 and tied her career-best finish of second place. Seminole sophomore Kristin Tamulis (Naples, Fla.) finished in a tie for 13th-place with an 11-over par score of 227. Freshman Carrie Sordel (Windermere, Fla.) earned her top career finish and second-lowest career score with a 236 and an individual placement of tied for 38th. Sordel shot well in the first and third rounds of this weekend’s tournament with identical scores of five-over par 77. Alison Curdt finished in 40th place and junior Kelley Henderson finished in a tie for 44th-place as the Seminoles placed all five golfers in the top 50 for the tournament.


SEMINOLES IN THE TOP 10


Head coach Debbie Dillman has led Florida State to a pair of top-10 team finishes this spring. The Seminoles finished ninth at the Lady Gator Invitational and sixth at the Ryder/Florida Collegiate Championships. It marks the second time in the last two years that the team has finished in the top ten of two consecutive tournaments. Last season, the Seminoles finished eighth at the Bryan National Collegiate and fourth at the ACC Championships to end the season.



Florida State travels to Greensboro, N.C. to play in the Bryan National Collegiate Championship beginning Friday, April 6 and running through Sunday, April 8. The event will be played on the par-72, 6,064 yard Bryan Park Champions Course in Browns Summit, N.C. The three-round event (54 holes, 18 each day) begins Friday and Saturday at 8:30 a.m. with a traditional start and Sunday at 8:30 a.m. with a shotgun start. The Seminoles finished eighth in the team standings last season as Louise Wright earned a second-place finish with a six-over par tournament score of 222.


FLORIDA STATE WOMEN’S GOLF STATISTICS

Name               Tourn.   Rounds      Par    -75    Low    Strokes   Avg.
Louise Wright 2 6 1 4 69 439 73.16
Kristin Tamulis 2 6 0 4 73 448 74.66
Carrie Sordel 2 6 0 1 73 467 77.83
Alison Zimmer 1 3 0 0 76 234 78.00
Alison Curdt 2 6 0 0 77 473 78.83
Kelley Henderson 2 6 0 0 77 477 79.50


SEMINOLE NEWS AND NOTES


All six of Louise Wright’s and Kristin Tamulis’s scores this season (100 percent) have counted towards the team score in the first two tournaments of the spring…Wright has now earned six career top-10 individual finishes…four of Wright’s six rounds this season have been carded at 73 or below including four of the last five.


WRIGHT AT THE RYDER/FLORIDA CHAMPIONSHIP


Senior Louise Wright shot a career-best three-round score of 215 and tied her career-best finish of second place at the Ryder/Florida Collegiate Championships. She finished only one stroke behind Michelle Simpson of Florida International as the two players matched each other over the final two days of the tournament. Wright and Simpson shot 69 in Saturday’s second round and 73 in Sunday’s third and final round. Simpson gained the edge on Friday as she fired an even-par 72 as compared to Wright’s one-over par 73. Wright’s previous career low score was 218 at the Lady Seminole Classic in 1999. She tied her career-best finish of second that also came at the Bryan National Collegiate Championships in 2000.


WRIGHT LIKES THE SECOND ROUND


Senior Louise Wright has taken a liking to the second round in the Seminoles’ two spring tournaments. She shot a 69 in the second round of the Ryder/Florida Championships and a 72 in the second round of the Lady Gator Invitational. Wright is averaging 70.5 strokes in the second round of her two tournaments this spring as compared to 75.0 in round one and 74.5 in round three.


WRIGHT ON THE RIGHT TRACK


Senior Louise Wright enters the Bryan National Collegiate Championships with a career-best season stroke average of 73.16. She is averaging nearly five strokes less than her career average of 78.06 entering the spring 2001 season.


TAMULIS CONTINUES TO SCORE WELL


Sophomore Kristin Tamulis continued her consistent play with a 13th-place finish at the Ryder/Florida Collegiate Championships. Her score of 227 was the third best tournament score of her career while her finish marked the seventh time during her career (and second time in two events) that she had gained a top-15 individual finish.


TAMULIS WORKS HARD TO IMPROVE GAME


Sophomore Kristin Tamulis is averaging a career-low 74.66 stokes per round through the first two tournaments of the spring season. She shot a near-career-low 215 in the Ryder/Florida Collegiate Championships and has carded four rounds of 74 or below. Tamulis tied her career-low with a second round score of 73 in the first round of the Lady Gator Invitational. She is averaging more than four strokes fewer this spring than she did during her first two years (78.85-74.66) as a Seminole.


ON THE SECOND DAY


As a team, Florida State has picked the second round of its first two tournaments to play its best. The team shot a season-low 296 in the second round of the Lady Gator Invitational and a 301 in the second round of the Ryder/Florida Collegiate Championships. The Seminoles’ eight-over par score of 296 in the Lady Gator Invitational is their best team round of the season.


CURDT CONTINUES TO IMPROVE


Freshman Alison Curdt (Ellisville, Mo.) finished the Ryder/Florida Collegiate Championships with a near-career best tournament score of 237. Her score was tied for the second-best tournament score of her career and was only one stroke from her personal best tournament score of 236 during last fall’s Lady Paladin Invitational. Curdt has carded a 237 in both of this spring’s tournaments and has recorded three rounds (out of six) of score of 77.


CURDT IN HER LAST THREE TOURNAMENTS


Freshman Alison Curdt has participated in seven tournaments (20 rounds) and is averaging 80.13 strokes during her first year as a member of the Seminole golf team. In her most recent three tournaments, she has improved her score by more than two strokes per round and is averaging 78.88 strokes per round and 236.6 strokes per tournament. Curdt finished in a tie for 36th-place at last fall’s Tar Heel Invitational, her top individual placement.


HENDERSON WORKING ON BRING SCORES DOWN


Junior Kelley Henderson (Marietta, Ga.) is averaging a career-low 79.50 strokes per round through the first two tournaments of the spring season. She is averaging nearly three stokes less than her career average entering the season.


SORDEL ENJOYING THE SPRING SEASON


Freshman Carrie Sordel is averaging 77.83 strokes as a member of the Seminoles’ starting lineup this spring. She carded a career-low tournament score of 231 at the Lady Gator Invitational and finished tied for 38th-place to earn her best career individual finish at the Ryder/Florida Collegiate Championships. Sordel earned her career-best score of 73 in the second round of the Lady Gator. It marked the first time that she had scored below 77 in a single round during her short Florida State career.


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.


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.

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