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Seminole Women’s Golf Team Competes In NCAA Championship For Fifth Time In School History

May 29, 2003

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State finished in a tie for 19th at the NCAA Championship, played in their third consecutive NCAA Regional Tournament, won the team championship at the Ryder/Florida Championship tournament for the second consecutive season and finished in the top 10 in 10 of its 11 tournaments during the fall 2002 and spring 2003 seasons as Debbie Dillman’s squad enjoyed one of the top women’s golf years in school history. Senior All-American and All-ACC honoree Kristin Tamulis led the way as she claimed individual championships at the Lady Gator Invitational and Ryder/Florida Championship during the spring season as the five members of the Seminoles’ starting lineup earned a total of 13 top-20 individual finishes.


FLORIDA STATE WOMEN’S GOLF TEAM RANKED 23RD NATIONALLY
Florida State, which finished in a tie for 19th-place at the NCAA National Championship, finished the season ranked 23rd nationally in the final GolfWeek/Sagarin Performance Index, 17th in the final ranking by GolfStat and 24th by GolfWorld Magazine in its final ranking. The Seminoles were in the nation’s top 25 by GolfWeek during each of the final ten weeks of the season and were been included in the nation’s top 30 throughout the spring 2003 season. Golfstat ranked the team 20th or higher during each of the final 10 weeks of the season. The Seminoles’ were ranked 12th by GolfStat during the weeks of Oct. 7 and 14, 2002.


TAMULIS RANKED 23RD IN FINAL INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS
Senior All-American Kristin Tamulis finished the season ranked 23rd in the nation in the final individual GolfWeek/Sagarin Performance Index. She ranked as high as 18th during the season after beginning the spring season ranked 46th nationally. Tamulis, one of the top golfers in Seminole history, spent the final two years of her career ranked among the nation’s top 50 golfers.


TAMULIS EARNS ALL-AMERICAN HONORABLE MENTION HONORS
Kristin Tamulis, who led the Florida State women’s golf team to the NCAA Championships for the fifth time in school history in 2003, earned All-American Honorable Mention honors by the National Golf Coaches Association following the 2003 season. Tamulis led the Seminoles to a top-20 national finish as one of the top Division I golfers in the country this past season. It marked the first time during her career she has earned All-American honors.


FLORIDA STATE FINISHES WELL AT THE NCAA DIVISION I CHAMPIONSHIP
Florida State finished in a tie for 19th-place at the NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship at the Kampen Course at the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex on the campus of Purdue University. The Seminoles carded a team round of 303, 26 strokes better than their first round score, to jump over Tulsa and move into a tie with Kent State on the final day. Senior Kristin Tamulis finished in a tie for 28th place with a 305 total for the four round tournament. Southern California, ranked No. 3 in the nation entering the tournament, led wire-to wire to win its first ever championship. The Trojans finished 15 strokes ahead of second-place Pepperdine. Mikael Parmlid of Southern California defeated Andrea Vander Lende of Florida in the first hole of a playoff to claim the individual championship.


SEMINOLE WOMEN’S GOLF STATISTICS (COMBINED FALL 2002 SPRING 2003)
Name Tourn. Rounds Par -75 Low Strokes Avg.

Kristin Tamulis 11 31 5 22 65 2,292 73.94
Caroline Larsson 11 31 1 12 68 2,384 76.90
Alison Curdt 11 31 2 12 69 2,391 77.13
Carrie Sordel 11 30 2 10 71 2,317 77.23
Katie Quinney 11 31 1 6 70 2,408 77.68
Kristina Prestipino 2 5 0 0 77 400 80.00
Tyler Johnson 2 5 0 0 77 406 81.20
Gemma Harris 2 5 0 0 76 418 83.60
Amy Harris 2 5 0 0 85 445 89.00
Jennifer Harvey 1 1 0 0 0 90 90.00


SEMINOLES AT THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP
Florida State was one of the most improved teams over the course of the four rounds of the NCAA Championship. After shooting an opening round 329 in the first round, the Seminoles improved their team score by 26 strokes over the final three days of the event. The Seminoles’ overall improvement was bested by only Georgia (+28 strokes), Arizona (+28) and Texas (+27). All three of those teams finished in the top 11 in the team standings. In addition, Florida State was one of only five teams in the tournament whose scores improved during each of the final three rounds. The Seminoles improved by 11 strokes in round two, 13 strokes in round three and an amazing 26 in round four. Only Florida State, Arizona, Georgia, North Carolina and Ohio State improved their team scores during the final three rounds of the tournament.


Following The Seminoles’ Upward Progression
Day Score Stroke Improvement Day’s Finish

1 329 — T21
2 318 +11 T20
3 306 +13 16
4 303 +26 T10


SEMINOLES FINISH EIGHTH AT NCAA REGIONAL
Florida State finished eighth in the NCAA East Regional at the Salem Glen Country Club in Clemmons, N.C. and qualified for the 2003 NCAA Championship. The Seminoles, who were led by freshman Caroline Larsson’s career-best score of 68 in the final round, earned the eighth and final qualifying spot from the East Region into the NCAA championship. The Seminoles finished five strokes behind seventh-place South Carolina and four strokes ahead of ninth place Furman. Larsson (Danderyd, Sweden) shot a career-low three-under par 68 to lead the Seminoles in the final round. She birdied five of her 18 holes and was over par on only one hole. Larsson’s score of 68 is four strokes better than her previous career-low single-round score of 72 that she carded in the first round of the NCAA East Regional and the third round of the ACC Championship. She finished in a tie for 11th-place in the individual standings. No. 1 ranked Duke won its fourth consecutive East Regional championship and will play in the NCAA Championship for the 16th time. Brandi Jackson of Furman University won the individual title with an eight-under par score of 205.


SEMINOLES FINISH FIFTH AT ACC CHAMPIONSHIP
Senior All-American 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 Atlantic Coast Conference Championship at Salem Glen Country Club. Tamulis’ record-setting day helped the Seminoles shoot a season-low 286 and finish in fifth in the team standings. Tamulis earned her third consecutive top-five ACC Championship finish. She finished fourth in 2002 and tied for third in 2001. Tamulis’ previous career-low score of 68 came during the third round of the Landfall Tradition during the fall of 2001. After shooting seven-over par 78 in the first round of the event, Tamulis improved her individual standing by 10 positions over the final 36 holes.


SEMINOLES WIN TEAM TITLE AT RYDER/FLORIDA
The Florida State women’s golf team, led by individual medalist Kristin Tamulis, won the team title for the second consecutive year at the Ryder/Florida Championship at Don Shula’s Golf Club and Resort. Florida State has won the event three times since 1998. The Seminoles earned the team championship by 24 strokes over second-place University of South Florida. In addition to Tamulis’ first place finish, Florida State placed two other golfers (Carrie Sordel and Caroline Larsson) in the top five of the individual standings. Tamulis carded a three-round score of 220 to win the event by two strokes over Miami’s Tina Miller.


SEMINOLES TURN UP THE HEAT IN REGIONAL PLAY
Florida State carded its best team tournament score of the year (889) and two of its top five team round scores at the NCAA East Regional. The Seminoles’ stellar play allowed the team to qualify for the NCAA Championship for the first time since 1999. During the regional Florida State’s five individual golfers carded seven of the top 18 single-round scores of the season, fired five of the top 11 individual three-round tournament scores of the season and two of the top five-team rounds of the seven-tournament spring season.


Seminole Players At The NCAA East Regional
Player Season Avg. Regional Diff

Caroline Larsson 76.47 72.00 -4.47
Alison Curdt 78.32 75.67 -2.65
Katie Quinney 77.74 75.67 -2.07
Carrie Sordel 77.33 75.33 -2.00
Kristin Tamulis 73.84 74.00 +0.16


FLORIDA STATE’S STARTING LINEUP
Florida State played with the same lineup during each of its 11 tournaments during the fall 2002 and spring 2003 seasons. Senior Kristin Tamulis, juniors Alison Curdt, Katie Quinney and Carrie Sordel and freshman Caroline Larsson played every round for the Seminoles in 2002-03


FLORIDA STATE’S INDIVIDUAL FINISHES
With all five members of Florida State’s starting lineup earning at least one top 20 individual finish, the Seminole starting lineup earned 13 total top 20 finishes and placed three golfers in the top five at the Ryder/Florida Championship during the spring season.


Seminoles In The Top 20
Player Top 20 Finishes Event

Alison Curdt T13th Ryder/Florida
T15th ACC Championship
Caroline Larsson T4th Ryder/Florida
T11th NCAA East Regional
14th Lady Gator
Katie Quinney T19th Byran National Coll.
T20th Ryder/Florida
Carrie Sordel 3rd Ryder/Florida
T19th ACC Championship
Kristin Tamulis 1st Lady Gator
1st Ryder/Florida
T4th Lady Gamecock
T4th ACC Championship


COUNTING THE ROUNDS
Senior All-American Kristin Tamulis Led the Seminoles during the spring 2003 season in percentage of rounds counted with a 97.4 mark as 18.5 of her 19 rounds were counted towards Florida State’s team score during her seven tournaments. The only round not completely counted for the senior was her first round score at the NCAA East Regional when she shot a 73 to tie with two of her Seminole teammates. With a 97.4 rounds counted mark, Tamulis was one of three Seminoles who had at least 80 percent of her rounds counted during the 19 rounds of the spring season. Also above 80 percent were freshman Caroline Larsson (92.1/17.5 of 19) and junior Carrie Sordel (86.1/15.5 of 19).


CAREER BESTS ABOUND IN SEMINOLE LINEUP
Florida State’s starting lineup recorded a bevy of career-bests during the fall 2002 and spring 2003 seasons. Each of the five Seminole players recorded at least four new career bests with junior Alison Curdt, freshman Caroline Larsson and senior All-American Kristin Tamulis recording five each.


Florida State At Its Best
Player LR LT SA BF

Alison Curdt 69 223 78.32 T13th
Caroline Larsson 68 216 76.47 T4th
Katie Quinney 70 224 77.58 T9th
Carrie Sordel 71(T) 222 77.08 3rd
Kristin Tamulis 65 217 73.84 1st
LR=Low Round; LT=Low Tournament; SA=Stroke Average; BF=Best Finish
Underlined denotes career best established before 2002-03 season


SEMINOLES’ SCORING AVERAGE DROPS
Florida State’s four veteran golfers (Kristin Tamulis, Alison Curdt, Katie Quinney and Carrie Sordel) all enjoyed outstanding years and realized dramatic improvements in each of their scoring averages. Overall, the scoring average of the starting five this season dropped more than two strokes per round as compared to last season. The 2001-02 starting five averaged 78.95 strokes per round while the 2002-03 starting five averaged 76.58 strokes per round.


Individual And Team Improvement In A Year
Player 2001-02 Avg. 2002-03 Avg. Diff.

Kristin Tamulis 76.88 73.94 -2.94
Alison Curdt 80.02 77.13 -2.89
Katie Quinney 80.37 77.68 -2.69
Carrie Sordel 79.90 77.23 -2.67
Team Average 78.95 76.57 -2.38


TAMULIS EARNS ALL-ACC HONORS FOR THIRD TIME
Senior All-American Kristin Tamulis earned All-ACC honors for the third consecutive year this season in a vote by the league’s six head coaches in 2003. She became the first women’s golfer in Florida State history and only the 12th in ACC history to earn all-conference honors at least three times during her career. Jenny Chuasiriporn and Candy Hannemann of Duke are the only women in ACC history to earn All-ACC honors during each of the four years.


Three-Time All-ACC Honorees
Player School All-ACC Honors

Jenny Chuasiriporn Duke 96, 97, 98, 99
Candy Hannemann Duke 99, 00, 01, 02
Kalen Anderson Duke 99, 00, 01
Leigh Ann Hardin Duke 01, 02, 03
V. Nirapathpongporn Duke 01, 02, 03
Kathi Poppmeier Duke 94, 95, 96
Kristin Tamulis Florida State 01, 02, 03
Marcy Newton N. Carolina 97, 99, 00
Alexandra Armas Wake Forest 95, 96, 98
Stephanie Neil Wake Forest 93, 94, 95
Laura Philo Wake Forest 95, 96, 97
Marta Prieto Wake Forest 98, 99, 01


TAMULIS SETS SCHOOL RECORD WITH ROUND OF 65
Senior All-American 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. Tamulis’ record-setting day helped the Seminoles shoot a season-low 286 in the final round of the event.


TAMULIS EARNED TWO WINS IN SPRING SEASON
Senior All-American Kristin Tamulis has won the individual titles at both the Gator Invitational and Ryder/Florida Championships this spring. Tamulis was joined by only Elizabeth Janangelo of Duke and Nuria Clau of Wake Forest as ACC players who won multiple tournaments during the fall 2002 and spring 2003 seasons.


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-American Kristin Tamulis earned two individual titles during the spring 2003 season. She became the first Seminole women’s golfer to win three tournaments in a single year since 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 AMONG ACC’S TOP GOLFERS
Senior All-American Kristin Tamulis finished the 2003 season as the ACC’s fourth highest ranked golfer and one of only four with a scoring average below 74.00 strokes per round. Tamulis averaged a career-best 73.94 strokes per round in 31 rounds during ten tournaments during her senior season. A mere .75 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. V. Nirapathpongporn Duke 73.39
2. Eliz. Janangelo Duke 73.58
3. Nuria Clau WFU 73.74
4. Kristin Tamulis FSU 73.84
5 Ashley Prange UNC 74.03


TAMULIS WITH CAREER LOW STROKE AVERAGE
Senior All-American Kristin Tamulis finished the 2002-03 season with a 73.84 stroke average in 11 tournaments. She averaged 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 averaged a career-low 73.94 strokes per round in seven tournaments during the spring 2003 season. Her previous single season career-low 74.67 strokes in six tournaments during the 2002 spring season.


Tamulis Lowering Her Scores
Years Average Seasons Average

02-03 73.94* Spring 03 73.84*
01-02 75.47 Spring 02 74.67
00-01 76.71 Spring 01 74.86
99-00 78.63 Spring 00 79.29
*- denotes career best averages


CURDT ENJOYS BEST SEASON AS A SEMINOLE
Junior Alison Curdt (St. Louis, Mo.) was at her best as a Seminole during the 2002-03 season. She averaged a career low 77.23 strokes during the entire year and after averaging a career-low 75.25 strokes per round during the fall 2002 season. Curdt carded her three best three-round tournament scores during the fall as she carded a career-best 223 at the Florida State hosted ACC/SEC Challenge, a 224 at the Landfall Tradition and a 225 at the Tar Heel Invitational. She also carded her career-best single round score of 69 in the second round of the Tar Heel Invitational.


CURDT DURING THE FALL 2002 SEASON…
…She carded her career-best single-round score of 69 in the second round of the Tar Heel Invitational;
…She earned the two highest finishes of her career as she finished in a tie for 12th place at the ACC/SEC Challenge and the Landfall Tradition;
…She was second on the team with five singe-round scores of 75 or less;
…She was second on the team with two scores of par or better.


CURDT SCORES WELL IN 2002-03
Junior Alison Curdt finished with her best single-season year, 77.13, and her two best single-season scores, 75.25 during the fall 2002 and 78.32 during spring 2003 season.


SORDEL ENJOYS BEST YEAR OF CAREER
Junior Carrie Sordel averaged a career-low 77.23 strokes per rounds in 11 tournaments this year. She earned her career-best individual finish of third and third career top-10 finish at the 2003 Ryder/Florida Championship and tied her career-low single-round score with a 71 in the first round of the 2003 Lady Gator Invitational.


SORDEL EARNS BEST FINISH AT RYDER/FLORIDA
Junior Carrie Sordel finished in third place at the 2003 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.


SORDEL’S TOP OUTINGS IN 2002-03
Junior Carrie Sordel carded four of her top eight career single-round scores, three of her top career six tournament scores and earned her three top career finishes during the fall 2002 and spring 2003 seasons. Her career best single-round score of 71 came during the first round of the Lady Gator Invitational while her third best career tournament score of 224 came in helping the Seminoles to the championship of the Ryder/Florida Tournament.


NOTING Carrie Sordel
Junior Carrie Sordel carded more rounds of scores at 75 or below during the fall 2002 and spring 2003 seasons (10) than she did during the first two years of her career (nine).


QUINNEY AMONG THE TOP SEMINOLES
Junior Katie Quinney (Atlantic Beach, Fla.) enjoyed the best year of her Seminole career as she finished 2002-03 with a career-low 77.68 during Florida State’s 11 tournaments. She finished the fall 2002 season with a career-low 77.58 stroke average in four tournaments and ranked fourth on the team with a 77.74 average during the spring 2003 season. Quinney carded her career-low single-round score of 70 during the second round of the Bryan National Collegiate in helping the Seminoles to a top-10 team finish in the rain-shortened event.


QUINNEY HEATS UP IN NCAA EAST REGIONAL
Junior Katie Quinney recorded her career-best three-round tournament score of 227 at the NCAA East Regional to help the Seminoles qualify for the NCAA Championship. She averaged 75.67 strokes (more than two strokes below her season average) in regional play to help the Seminoles take the eighth and final qualifying spot by six strokes over Furman.


LARSSON PLAYS WELL AS A FRESHMAN
Freshman Caroline Larsson (Danderyd, Sweden) finished her first season ranked second on the Seminoles with a 76.90 stroke average in 11 tournaments during 2002-03 fall and spring seasons. She quickly developed into one of Florida State’s most consistent players since joining the Seminoles’ lineup during the fall. Larsson played in all 11 of Florida State’s tournaments this year and has improved her stroke average by nearly two strokes from the fall season (77.92) to the spring season (76.47).


LARSSON CARDS CAREER-LOW 68 IN REGIONAL PLAY
Freshman Caroline Larsson shot a career-low three-under par 68 to lead the Seminoles in the final round of the 2003 NCAA East Regional. She birdied five of her 18 holes and was over par on only one hole. Larsson’s score of 68 was four strokes better than her previous career-low single-round score of 72 that she carded in the first round of the NCAA East Regional and the third round of the ACC Championship. She finished in a tie for 11th-place in the individual standings in regional play.

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