April 28, 2003
TALLAHASEE, 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 a 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 is ranked 23rd in the most recent GolfWeek/Sagarin power rankings. The Seminoles have been ranked in the nation’s top 30 throughout the entire 2002-03 academic year and won the team championship at this springs Ryder/Florida championship.
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.
“I am very happy for the players on our team who have worked towards this point in the season since last summer,” said Head Coach Debbie Dillman. “We have achieved one of our goals. We want to play well in regional competition and earn our way into the national tournament. Once we get there, anything can happen.”
Florida State is led by All-America and All-ACC Candidate Kristin Tamulis, who is currently ranked 19th nationally. She has won two individual championship this season and is averaging a career-low 73.00 strokes per round. Tamulis (Naples, Fla.) shot a school-record 65 in the final round of last week’s Atlantic Coast Conference championship and finished in a tie for fourth place in the individual standings.
Teams: Duke (Atlantic Coast Conference Champion), Arizona, Auburn (Southeastern Conference Champion), Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, Georgia, South Carolina, Tulane, North Carolina, Florida State, South Florida (Conference USA Champion), East Carolina, Furman, North Carolina-Wilmington (Big South Conference Champion), North Carolina State, Mississippi State, Penn State, Mississippi, Western Carolina (Southern Conference Champion), Georgia State (Atlantic Sun Conference Champion), 21 St. Francis (Pa.) (Northeast Conference Champion). Individuals: Jenny Gleason, North Carolina-Greensboro, Tina Miller, Miami (Florida), Avery Kiser, Princeton.
Teams: California (Pacific-10 Conference Champion), Texas, Florida, Tennessee, New Mexico (Mountain West Conference Champion), Tulsa (Western Athletic Conference Champion), Purdue, Oklahoma, Missouri, Baylor, TCU, Kent State (Mid-American Conference Champion), Michigan State, Arkansas, Texas A&M, Indiana, Wisconsin, Kansas State, Nebraska, Yale (Ivy Group Champion), Southern University (Southwestern Athletic Conference Champion). Individuals: Randi Gauthier, North Texas, Louise Kenney, Iowa State, Elizabeth Burden, Northwestern.
Teams: Pepperdine, Southern California, Oklahoma State (Big 12 Conference Champion), UCLA, Ohio State (Big Ten Conference Champion), Arizona State, Stanford, New Mexico State (Sun Belt Conference Champion), Washington, UNLV, San Francisco, San Jose State, Oregon State, Denver, Nevada, Illinois, Washington State, Oral Roberts (Mid-Continent Conference Champion), Cal State Northridge (Big West Conference Champion), Portland State (Big Sky Conference Champion), Bradley (Missouri Valley Conference). Individuals: Nicole Keller, Idaho, Stella Lee, UC Irvine, Erin Kerr, Colorado