April 16, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The Florida State women’s golf team, which has finished in first place in the team standings in both of its most recent two tournaments, enters the 2002 Atlantic Coast Conference championship tournament as one of the hottest teams in the league. The Seminoles won the Ryder/Florida Collegiate Championship tournament week and finished in a tie for first place at the UNC Wilmington/Lady Seahawk Invitational March 25-26. Florida State brought the Ryder/Florida team trophy back to Tallahassee but were awarded second place at the Lady Seahawk Invitational after a card playoff that calculated the scores of both the top two teams five individual golfers. Entering the 2002 ACC championship tournament, the Seminoles have earned a pair of first place finishes and three total top-10 victories this spring.
THE ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP
Florida State is joined by No. 2 Duke, No. 94 Maryland, No. 26 North Carolina, No. 47 NC State and No. 17 Wake Forest in the 14th Annual ACC women’s golf championship. The event will be played at Salem Glen Golf Course in Clemmons, N.C. The course is a par 72, 6,411 yard setting which played host to the ACC women’s championship tournament in 2000. Florida State finished fourth the last time it was held at this venue.
FLORIDA STATE IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
Florida State is ranked 39th is the most recent Golfweek/Sagarin rankings released April 14. The Seminoles have steadily climbed the charts throughout the spring season and begin play in the ACC Tournament with their highest ranking of the season. The Seminoles began the spring season ranked 55th, moved to 48th after the Lady Gator Invitational, were ranked 44th after their strong performance in the Lady Gamecock Classic and were 42nd following their first place finish in the Lady Seahawk Invitational.
SEMINOLE INDIVIDUALS IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
Junior All-ACC candidate Kristin Tamulis (Naples, Fla.) is ranked 45th in the most recent Golfweek/Sagarin rankings released April 14. The ranking represent the highest of the season and of her career for the Seminoles top golfer. Tamulis began the spring season ranked 74th and vaulted to 57th after finishing in seventh place in the individual standings at the Lady Gamecock Classic. She was in 54th position after her fifth place finish at the Lady Seahawk Invitational and climbed to her current season and career pinnacle with her second place finish in the individual standings at the Ryder/Florida Collegiate Championships.
TAMULIS AT LAST YEAR’S ACC CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT
Kristin Tamulis, a member of Florida State’s NCAA East Regional participating golf team last season, was named to the 2001 Atlantic Coast Conference women’s golf team as selected by a vote of the league’s six head coaches. She finished in a tie for third place in the individual standings in the 2001 ACC championship tournament.
SEMINOLES EARN TOP FINISH AT RYDER/FLORIDA CHAMPIONSHIP
The Florida State women’s golf team won the team title at the Ryder/Florida Collegiate Championship and Seminole All-America candidate 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 on Sunday, including a one-under par 35 on the back nine, to pull within one stroke of the lead.
FLORIDA STATE WOMEN’S GOLF STATISTICS (SPRING 2002)
Name Tourn. Rounds Par -75 Low Strokes Avg.
Kristin Tamulis 4 12 4 8 71 894 74.50
Carrie Sordel 4 12 2 5 71 911 75.92
Alison Zimmer 4 12 1 4 72 947 78.92
Katie Quinney 4 12 1 2 72 948 79.00
Alison Curdt 4 12 0 0 76 952 79.33
Kelley Henderson 1 3 0 0 85 264 88.00
TAMULIS ENJOYING CAREER-BEST SEASON
Junior All-ACC candidate Kristin Tamulis, who enters the 2002 ACC Tournament with a 74.50 stroke average, is enjoying the best season of her career. She is averaging nearly fourth-tenths of a stroke better this spring than she did last spring when she earned All-ACC honors for the first time in her career. She is averaging 75.42 strokes during the fall 2000 and spring 2001 seasons combined.
Tamulis’ Top Career Seasons
Rank Season Stroke Average
1. Spring 2002 74.50
2. Spring 2001 74.86
3. Fall 2000 76.33
3. Spring 2000 78.20
4. Fall 1999 79.16
TAMULIS EARNING BEST SCORES AND FINISHES
Junior All-ACC candidate Kristin Tamulis, who has earned a pair of career-best second place finishes this spring, has established a number of career-bests and career-firsts during the fall 2000 and spring 2001 seasons.
Category Statistic Event
Indiv. Finish 2 Ryder/Hatter
Top Ten Finishes 4 Hatter/Gamecock/Sea/Ryder
Low Round 218 Mason Rudolph
Score vs. Par +2 Mason Rudolph
Gross Score 218 Mason Rudolph
Stroke Average 74.50 Spring Season
ZIMMER EARNS FIRST CAREER TOP FIVE FINISH
Senior Alison Zimmer (Tallahassee, Fla.), who will compete in her second career ACC Tournament this week, earned the best finish of her career and she placed fifth in the individual standings at the Ryder/Florida Collegiate Championship. Zimmer finished with a career-best tournament score of 225 after tying her career-best single-round scored with a 72 in the second round.
ZIMMER EARNS HER WAY INTO SEMINOLES’ LINEUP
After competing in only one tournament during the spring of 2001, senior Alison Zimmer has earned her way back into the Seminoles’ starting lineup. After competing in the first event of the spring 2002 season, the Lady Gator Invitational, as an individual she has been a staple in helping the Seminoles’ earn their No. 39 national ranking. She finished 15th in the individual standings at the Lady Seahawk Invitational and earned her first career top-10 finish (fifth) at last week’s Ryder/Florida Collegiate Championship. Zimmer enters the ACC Tournament averaging better than 2.5 strokes fewer per round this season than she did for the first three years of her career.
Zimmer’s Improvement This Spring
Season Rounds Stroke Average
Fall 1999-Fall 2001 47 81.57
Spring 2002 12 78.92
SORDEL CONTINUES TO PLAY WELL
Sophomore Carrie Sordel (Windermere, Fla.), who has earned a pair of top-10 finishes this spring, is averaging a career-low 75.92 strokes per round this spring. She finished in a tie for ninth in the individual standings at the Lady Gator Invitational and in a tie for eighth at the Lady Gamecock Classic. Sordel’s individual finishes have helped the Seminoles to strong team finishes in both the Lady Gator and the Lady Gamecock.
SORDEL IS AT HER BEST THIS SEASON
Sophomore Carrie Sordel has been at her collegiate best this spring. She has helped lead the Seminoles with two of three lowest rounds (71 in the Lady Gator and the Lady Gamecock) and two of five lowest round scores of the season. Her minus one score (vs. par) in the third round of the Lady Gamecock Classic is tied with Kristin Tamulis for the lowest score vs. par this season for the Seminoles.
Category Statistic Event
Low Round 71 Gator/Gamecock
Low Tournament 222 Gamecock
Indiv. Finish T8 Gamecock
Best Score vs. Par +6 Gamecock
Top 10 Finishes 2 Gator/Gamecock
Stroke Average 75.92 Season
QUINNEY EARNS TOP 10 FINISH AT RYDER/FLORIDA
Sophomore Katie Quinney (Atlantic Beach, Fla.) finished in seventh place in the individual standings at the Ryder/Florida Collegiate Championship. It marked the highest individual finish of her Seminole career and the fifth top-10 finish of her career. She earned four top-10 finishes during her first season of collegiate golf as a freshman at Jacksonville University. Quinney carded the lowest round (72) of her career in the first round and the lowest tournament score of her career (228) in turning in the best performance of her career at the Ryder/Florida tournament.
QUINNEY A MAINSTAY IN STARTING LINEUP
Sophomore Katie Quinney who earned her way into the Seminoles’ starting lineup during the fall 2001 season, has worked hard and has realized a steady decrease in her scores this spring. She is averaging a career-low 79.00 strokes per round this season marking the first time during her career she has averaged below 80.00 strokes per round for a single season. Quinney is averaging nearly two strokes fewer per round this spring (79.00) than she did during the first three seasons of her career.
Quinney’s Springtime Improvement
Season Rounds Stroke Average
Fall 2000-Fall 2001 28 80.71
Spring 2002 12 79.00
CURDT HELPS SEMINOLES TO TEAM WIN AT RYDER
Sophomore Alison Curdt (St. Louis, Mo.), who earned a career-best 14th-place finish at the Ryder/Florida Collegiate Championship, has been one of the Seminoles steadiest golfers since her arrival in 2001 as a freshman. She has competed in all 18 Seminole events in the past two years and has helped Florida State to 11 top-10 team finishes during that span. Curdt came within one stroke of tying the best tournament score of her career with a 232 in the Ryder/Florida tournament. Her best tournament score of 231 came at the Bryan National Collegiate during the spring of 2001.
CHIPS AND PUTTS WITH THE SEMINOLES…
…Junior All-ACC candidate Kristin Tamulis leads the Seminoles with four rounds of par or better and eight rounds of 75 or better this spring,
…Florida State’s starting lineup (Tamulis, Sordel, Zimmer, Quinney and Curdt) has participated in all four tournaments for Florida State this spring. Zimmer played as an individual in the Lady Gator Invitational with senior Kelley Henderson (Marietta, Ga.) earning the starting nod during the first event of the spring,
…Florida State finished 11 strokes ahead of No. 11 ranked Florida in the team standings at the Ryder/Florida Collegiate Championship,
…Florida State finished ahead of Wake Forest at the Lady Gamecock Classic, Maryland in the Lady Seahawk and was tied in the final team standings of the Lady Seahawk with NC State,
…Florida State’s head coach Debbie Dillman was named the ACC Coach of the Year in 1992 as the Seminoles finished second in the ACC Tournament – only two strokes behind North Carolina,
…Florida State plays host to the third annual ACC/SEC Challenge in Destin, Fla., Sept. 28-30, 2002.