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No. 21 Florida State Women’s Golf Team Begins Defense Of Ryder/Florida Championship

March 31, 2003

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The No. 21 ranked Florida State women’s golf team plays its fourth event of the spring season as it plays at the Ryder/Florida Championships April 4-6. The Seminoles are the defending champions in the event having won the title last season. Florida State has finished in the top-10 in each of its three events this spring and in all seven of its events during the 2002-03 fall and spring seasons combined. The Seminoles have played only three rounds in their last two tournaments (out of a possible six) because of rain and snow in South Carolina and North Carolina in the last two weeks.


THE RYDER/FLORIDA WOMEN’S COLLEGIATE CHAMPIONSHIP PARTICIPANTS
Florida State is joined by Barry University, Central Florida, Florida International, Florida Atlantic, Florida Southern, Jacksonville, Lynn University, Miami, Rollins College, South Florida and Stetson in the Ryder/Florida Women’s Collegiate Golf Championship. The event will be played at Don Shula’s Golf Club and Resort in Miami Lakes, Fla. The course will play 6,317 yards and is a par 72.


FLORIDA STATE IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
The Florida State women’s golf team is ranked 21st in the nation in this week’s Golfweek/Sagarin Power Index. It marks the second consecutive week the Seminoles are ranked 21st in that poll. The Seminoles are also ranked 20 in this week’s weekly head-to-head rankings of the nation’s top Division I teams. Senior All-America candidate Kristin Tamulis (Naples, Fla.) is ranked 18th in the national individual rankings for the third week in a row. Tamulis has been ranked among the top 50 women’s collegiate golfers each week since the beginning of the spring 2002 season.


QUINNEY EARNS TOP SPOT FOR FSU AT BRYAN NATIONAL COLLEGIATE
Junior Katie Quinney (Atlantic Beach, Fla.) gained the second top-10 finish of her two-year Florida State career as she finished tied for ninth in the individual standings at the Bryan National Collegiate. She finished in a tie for ninth in the snow-shortened event. She carded a career-best two-under par score of 70 in the second round to improve her individual standing by 25 places. Quinney’s second round score of 70 was tied for the second best score of the day among the 90 competitors in the event. Quinney’s best career finish was seventh place at the 2002 Ryder/Florida Championships in helping lead the Seminoles to the team championship.


LARSSON CONTINUES HER CONSISTENCY
Freshman Caroline Larsson (Danderyd, Sweden) earned her second top-30 finish of the spring season as she finished tied for 27th-place in the individual standings at the Bryan National Collegiate. Larsson earned her career-best finish of tied for 14th-place at the Lady Gator Invitational earlier this spring. She is averaging more than two strokes less during three tournaments in the spring season (75.67) than she did in four events during the fall season (77.92).


FLORIDA STATE AT LAST YEARS RYDER/FLORIDA CHAMPIONSHIP
Florida State won the team title at the 2002 Ryder/Florida Collegiate Championship and Kristin Tamulis earned the best finish of her career as she came in second place in the individual standings. The Seminoles captured the team title for the second time in the last four seasons as they finished 11 strokes ahead of the defending tournament champion Florida Gators. Tamulis registered a 74 in the final round, including a one-under par 35 on the back nine, to pull within one stroke of the lead but was unable to catch Miami’s Camilla Hilland who earned medallist honors for the tournament.


FLORIDA STATE WOMEN’S GOLF STATISTICS (SPRING 2002)
Name Tourn. Rounds Par -75 Low Strokes Avg.

Kristin Tamulis 3 6 0 5 71 439 73.17
Caroline Larsson 3 6 0 3 73 454 75.67
Katie Quinney 3 6 1 3 70 454 75.67
Carrie Sordel 3 5 0 1 71 389 77.80
Alison Curdt 3 6 0 0 77 486 81.00
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