May 5, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The No. 23-ranked Florida State women’s golf team earned its third consecutive NCAA Regional bid and will compete in the 21-team Eastern Regional at Salem Glen Country Club in Clemmons, N.C. May 8-10. Three regional tournaments, with 21 teams and three additional individuals, will be conducted to determine the NCAA championships field. Of those teams and players, eight teams and two additional individuals will advance from each region to national championship competition May 20-23 at Purdue University. Florida State will make its third consecutive and fifth appearance in six years in the NCAA Regionals. The Seminoles have made a regional appearance each year since 1998 with the exception of 2000. The Seminoles advanced to the NCAA Championship in 1991,1992 and 1994. In addition, the Seminoles won the 1981 A.I.A.W national championship.
THE NCAA EAST REGIONAL PARTICIPANTS
No. 23 Florida State is joined by No. 1 Duke (Atlantic Coast Conference Champion), No. 6 Arizona, No. 7 Auburn (Southeastern Conference Champion), No. 9 Vanderbilt, No. 14 Wake Forest, No. 15 South Carolina, No. 17 Georgia, No. 19 Tulane, No. 24 North Carolina, No. 26 South Florida (Conference USA Champion), No. 34 Furman, No. 35 East Carolina, No. 38 North Carolina-Wilmington (Big South Conference Champion), No. 39 North Carolina State, No. 45 Mississippi State, No. 44 Penn State, No. 56 Mississippi, No. 71 Georgia State (Atlantic Sun Conference Champion), No. 72 Western Carolina (Southern Conference Champion), and No. 159 St. Francis (Pa.) (Northeast Conference Champion) in the 2003 NCAA East Regional. A trio of individual golfers: Jenny Gleason of North Carolina-Greensboro; Tina Miller of Miami (Florida) and Avery Kiser of Princeton will also compete to qualify to play in the NCAA Championship meet May 20-23 at Purdue University. The East Region has four teams currently ranked in the top-10 of the Golf Week/Sagarin Power Index as compared to three top-10 teams in the West Region and two in the Central Region.
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 this week’s 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 are ranked in the nation’s top 25 by GolfWeek for the seventh consecutive week and have been included in the nation’s top 30 throughout the spring season. Golfstat has ranked the team 21st or higher during each of the last six weeks. The Seminoles’ were ranked 12th by GolfStat during the weeks of Oct. 7 and 14, 2002.
TAMULIS RANKED 19TH IN INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS
Senior All-American and All-ACC candidate Kristin Tamulis is ranked 19th in the national individual rankings in this week’s 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 in March. 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 AT THE 2002 NCAA CENTRAL REGIONAL
Florida State finished in 17th place in the 2002 NCAA Central Regional at Forest Akers West Golf Course on the campus of Michigan State University. The Seminoles’ top player – junior Kristin Tamulis – finished in a tie for 34th place in the individual standings. Neither Florida State as a team nor Tamulis as an individual qualified to advance to the NCAA Championships.
FLORIDA STATE WOMEN’S GOLF STATISTICS (SPRING 2003)
Name Tourn. Rounds Par -75 Low Strokes Avg.
Kristin Tamulis 5 12 2 9 65 876 73.00
Caroline Larsson 5 12 0 7 72 914 76.16
Carrie Sordel 5 11 1 4 71 847 77.00
Katie Quinney 5 12 1 3 70 929 77.42
Alison Curdt 5 12 0 4 74 947 78.92
FLORIDA STATE’S NCAA REGIONAL FINISHES
Florida State is making its 10th NCAA Tournament appearance in the last 13 years. The Seminoles enter the 2003 East Regional looking for their best regional performance since finishing fifth in the East Regional in 1999 and advancing to the NCAA Championships. Florida State finished 13th in the NCAA Championship in 1999 – its highest NCAA finish in school history. Florida State won the 1981 A.I.A.W National Championship.
SEMINOLES HAVE NCAA EXPERIENCE
Three of the five members of Florida State’s lineup in this year’s NCAA East Regional Championship have played in at least two regionals during their careers with a fourth having played in one during her career. Kristin Tamulis, Alison Curdt and Carrie Sordel have played in two regionals while junior Katie Quinney has appeared in one regional. All four golfers were part of the Seminoles’ 2002 Central Regional team while Tamulis, Curdt and Sordel all played in the 2001 East Regional. Freshman Caroline Larsson is making her first regional appearance.
Year Event Total Par Finish
2002 Central Regional 234 +18 T34
2001 East Regional WD WD T79
Year Event Total Par Finish
2002 Central Regional 247 +31 T82
2001 East Regional WD WD T70
Year Event Total Par Finish
2002 Central Regional 260 +44 T100
2001 East Regional 245 +29 T73
Year Event Total Par Finish
2002 Central Regional 247 +31 T82
TAMULIS SETS SCHOOL RECORD WITH ROUND OF 65
Senior All-America candidate and 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 All-ACC honoree Kristin Tamulis enters the 2003 NCAA East Regional 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 73.54 strokes per round in 24 rounds during nine tournaments during her senior season. A mere .25 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. Eliz. Janangelo Duke 73.4
2. V. Nirapathpongporn Duke 73.44
3. Kristin Tamulis FSU 73.54
4. Ashley Prange UNC 73.79
5. Nuria Clau WFU 73.67
TAMULIS WINS SECOND TOURNAMENT OF SEASON
Senior All-America and All-ACC honoree 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 All-ACC honoree Kristin Tamulis enters the 2003 NCAA East Regional 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 All-ACC honoree Kristin Tamulis enters the 2003 NCAA East Regional with a career-low 73.54 stroke average in nine tournaments this season. 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 73.00 strokes per round in five 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 Season 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
TAMULIS BY THE NUMBERS
…Statistically, Kristin Tamulis’ best round during the spring season has been the third. She is averaging 70.33 strokes in three third rounds during five tournaments this spring. Two of her third rounds have been cancelled due to inclement weather;
…Kristin Tamulis has carded the Seminoles’ top-three 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 and 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 77.91 strokes per rounds in nine tournaments this year entering the 2003 NCAA East Regional. 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 75.33 strokes per round in three second rounds during five 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 third best round of the spring for the Seminoles;
…Carrie Sordel’s even par score of 72 in the second round of the Ryder/Florida Championship is one of four rounds of par or better for the Seminoles this spring.
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 third NCAA Regional Championship. She is playing her best of the 2003 season entering the ACC 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 77.80 strokes in five first rounds during five events;
…Alison Curdt is averaging 4.2 strokes better in her last two tournaments (76.80 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 East Regional playing the best golf of her career and is averaging a career-best 77.42 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 second career NCAA Regional 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 East Regional ranked second on the Seminoles in stroke average this spring. She is averaging 76.16 stokes in 12 rounds during five 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 nine of Florida State’s tournaments this fall and has improved her stroke average by nearly two strokes from the fall season (77.92) to the spring season (76.16).
LARSSON BY THE NUMBERS
…Statistically, Caroline Larsson’s best round during the spring season has been the third. She is averaging 74.33 strokes in three 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 seven single-round scores of 75 or better;
…Caroline Larsson’s career-low 224 tournament score at the Lady Gator Invitational is tied for the third lowest tournament score by a Seminole this spring;
…Caroline Larsson is tied for second on the team with three top-25 individual finishes this spring. She finished tied for 14th at the Lady Gator, tied for fourth at the Ryder/Florida Championship and tied for 21st at the ACC Championship. She is tied with Carrie Sordel, who has also earned three top-25 finishes and behind Kristin Tamulis who has four top-25 finishes this spring.
WOMEN’S GOLF TEAM WINS DIRECTOR’S CUP
The Florida State University women’s golf team won the prestigious Athletic Director’s Cup For Community Service at the annual Golden ‘Nole Banquet held in April at the University Center Club on the FSU Campus. It marks the second consecutive year the women’s golf team has won the award. Athletic Director Dave Hart initiated the Athletic Director’s Cup for Service during the 1996-1997 academic year in order to promote community service participation among all teams. In addition, this annual award helps to recognize the thousands of hours of community service FSU student-athletes have completed. Seminole student-athletes logged more than 4,300 community service hours this year – an increase of 500 hours from last year. The women’s golf team combined for 371.5 total hours of community service for an average of 33.8 hours per team member. The members of the women’s golf team donated their time to the Dick Howser Children’s Center in Tallahassee, Refugee House of Tallahassee, spent time mentoring and tutoring at students at Godby High School in Tallahassee and worked the YES Clinic at the 2002 ACC Women’s Soccer Tournament held in Tallahassee.
FLORIDA STATE HEAD COACH DEBBIE DILLMAN
Debbie Dillman is in her 19th season as the coach of the highly successful Florida State women’s golf program. Under Dillman’s leadership, the Seminoles have become one of the top teams in the nation and are annual contenders for Atlantic Coast Conference and national honors. Florida State has played in the NCAA Tournament ten times and has won 16 tournament championships since Dillman became head coach. In addition, ten different golfers have captured a total of 16 individual championships.