April 24, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The Florida State women’s golf team finished its regular season with a third place finish at the 13th annual Atlantic Coast Conference Championship and now awaits word from the NCAA Tournament selection committee on an appearance in the NCAA regional tournament. The regional selections will be announced April 30. Florida State most recently appeared in the NCAA regional tournament during the 1997 season. The Seminoles played in the east regional at Bloomington, Ind., and finished 18th in the team standings.
FLORIDA STATE IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
Florida State is ranked No. 43 in the most recent GolfWeek.com rankings. The rankings were released following its third place finish at the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship tournament. Florida State has four wins against top-25 ranked teams and 41 wins against teams ranked in the top-100. 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 75th.
SEMINOLES AT THE ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP
Sophomore Kristin Tamulis shot a near-career low 223 to finish in a tie for 3rd place in the individual standings and the Seminole women’s golf team finished third in the team standings at the 13th Annual Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Golf Championship at Disney’s Palm Course. It marked the second time the Seminoles had finished third or higher in the last three years. Florida State earned the third place finish with a three-round total of 936. The Seminoles shot a tournament-best 308 in the final round to surpass North Carolina and moved up from fourth place.
TAMULIS FINISHES IN A TIE FOR THIRD AT ACC CHAMPIONSHIP
Sophomore Kristin Tamulis (Naples, Fla.) earned the top finish of her career as she finished in a tied for third place at the ACC Championship. Tamulis was outstanding throughout the tournament as she shot 74-74-75 for a seven-over par 223 total. Her 223 total was the second lowest of her career (her top tournament score of 222 came during the 1999 Lady Seminole Classic). In addition, she has now shot eight scores of 75 or below this spring, which is more than she shot during the first 28 events of her career (five).
SEMINOLES LINEUP SET AS SPRING SCHEDULE MOVES INTO POST-SEASON
Florida State head coach Debbie Dillman utilized the same lineup (Wright, Tamulis, Alison Curdt, Kelley Henderson and Carrie Sordel) in each of the Seminoles’ four tournaments this spring.
SEMINOLES AVERAGES CONTINUE TO FALL
Each of the players in the Seminoles’ starting lineup this spring are compiling career-low stroke averages. Sophomore Kristin Tamulis (78.85-74.45) has cut her average by 4.1 strokes per round, Wright (78.06-75.00) has shaved 3.06 strokes off of her average, Curdt (80.71-78.83) is enjoying a 1.88 strokes per round improvement, junior Kelley Henderson (82.26-79.75) has cut 2.51 strokes from her average and Carrie Sordel (84.33-79.50) has cut a team-leading 4.83 strokes off of her average.
FLORIDA STATE WOMEN’S GOLF STATISTICS
Name Tourn. Rounds Par -75 Low Strokes Avg.
Kristin Tamulis 4 12 1 8 71 897 74.75
Louise Wright 4 12 2 6 69 900 75.00
Alison Zimmer 1 3 0 0 76 234 78.00
Alison Curdt 4 12 1 1 72 946 78.83
Carrie Sordel 4 12 0 1 73 954 79.50
Kelley Henderson 4 12 0 3 73 957 79.75
SEMINOLES EARN STRONG ACC FINISH
Led by Kristin Tamulis’s third place finish, Florida State earned its second highest ACC Championship finish. Previously, the Seminoles finished second in 1992, 1995 and 1999. In addition, Tamulis became the third player in school history to finish in third place or higher in the ACC championship. The Seminoles first competed in the ACC championship tournament in 1992.
TAMULIS COMPLETES ONE OF TOP OUTINGS
Sophomore Kristin Tamulis shot a 223 score the 54-hole ACC Tournament as she helped the Seminoles to a third place finish in the team standings. Her 223 score marked the second-lowest three-round tournament score of her career and was only one stroke behind her career-low 222 score which she carded at the 1999 Lady Seminole Classic.
Rank Date Event Rounds Total
1. Fall 1999 Lady Seminole Classic 76-76-70 222
2. Spring 2001 ACC Championship 74-74-75 223
3. Spring 2001 Lady Gator 77-72-76 224
RECENT TEAM AVERAGES
…Sophomore Kristin Tamulis is averaging 74.83 strokes per round in her last six rounds (two tournaments),
…Senior Louise Wright has shot 73 or below in four of her last nine rounds and averaged 73.00 strokes per round during the six rounds of the Ryder/Florida Collegiate Championship and the Bryan National Collegiate,
…As a team, Florida State is averaging 301 strokes per round in the third round of its last three tournaments.
WRIGHT EARNS SECOND TOP 15 ACC FINISH
Senior Louise Wright finished 15th in the ACC championship. It marked the second time during her career that she had finished in the top 15 at the conference championship meet. She finished 13th with a score of 229 in 2000.
WRIGHT CONTINUES TO BE A TEAM LEADER
Senior Louise Wright, who is averaging a career-low 75.00 strokes per round, is enjoying the best season of her career. Wright’s previous career-best stroke average was 77.20 strokes in 15 rounds during the spring 2000 season. Wright is shooting more than two strokes lower than he best career average as the Seminoles await word on advancing the NCAA Regional tournament for the second time during the Wright’s career at Florida State.
ALL IN THE FAMILY FOR WRIGHT
Senior Louise Wright enjoyed the pleasure of playing in front of her family at the ACC Championship. Her father, mother and two sisters were in attendance and walked all 18 holes on each of the three days as Wright helped the Seminoles to a third place finish in the team standings. It marked the first time her mother and sisters had seen her compete in a golf tournament.
HENDERSON PLAYS WELL AT ACC CHAMPIONSHIP
Junior Kelley Henderson (Marietta, Ga.) shot a near career-low 75 in the second round of the ACC Championship. Her three-over score in the second round of the conference championship helped the Seminoles begin their resurgence that saw Florida State catch and pass Maryland on Saturday and catch and pass North Carolina on Sunday. Henderson shot a career-low one-over par 73 in the third round of the Bryan National Collegiate on April 8. Her 73 helped the Seminoles shoot a season-low team score of one-over par 289.
HENDERSON WITH CAREER-BEST FINISH
Junior Kelley Henderson finished in a tied for 23rd-place at the ACC Championship. It marked the best finish of her career and the first time during her six-event career at Florida State that she had finished in the top-25.
CURDT CONTINUES TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Freshman Alison Curdt (Ellisville, Mo.) continued to perform well during her freshman season as she place 20th in the individual standings at the ACC Championship. Her finish marked the first top-20 individual finish of her Seminole career.
NOTES ON THE SEMIONOLES’ SPRING SEASON
…Florida State has finished in the top 10 in each of their four tournaments this spring,
…Five different golfers have shot 18 rounds of 75 or below in four tournaments,
…Senior Louise Wright leads the team with three rounds of par or better,
…Louise Wright (three-under par 69 in the Ryder/Florida Championship) and Kristin Tamulis (71 in the third round of the Bryan National Collegiate) have carded below par rounds,
…All 12 of Kristin Tamulis’s rounds this spring (100 percent) have counted toward the team score.
COUNTING ON CURDT
Freshman Alison Curdt shot a career-low even-par round of 72 during the third round of the Bryan National Collegiate in finishing with a career-low 54-hole total of 231. Her 72 was one of two scores of even-par or better that helped the Seminoles shoot a season-low team round of 289.
SORDEL ENJOYING FINE SPRING
Freshman Carrie Sordel (Windermere, Fla.), who shot a career-low 231 tournament score at the Lady Gator Invitational, has competed in all four tournaments for the Seminoles this spring and has solidified her position in Florida State’s starting lineup. She carded a career-low one-over par 73 in the second round of the Lady Gator Invitational and finished in a career-best 25th place at the ACC Championship.
SORDEL AIDS SEMINOLE COMEBACK AT ACC
Freshman Carrie Sordel helped the Seminoles finish in third place at the ACC Championship as she had two of her three scores count toward the team total during the 54-hole event. Sordel’s five-over par score of 77 in the third round helped Florida State recover from three-strokes down to beat the Tar Heels by nine strokes in the final standings.
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.