May 3, 2004
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The Florida State University women’s golf team will paticipate in the NCAA East Regional May 6-8 at the Mission Inn Golf and Tennis Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. It marks the fourth consecutive season the Seminoles have been selected to play in the regional championships that are conducted to determine the top 24 teams in the nation who will then compete at the NCAA Championship tournament at Auburn University May 18-21. The Seminoles are ranked 32nd nationally in the latest GolfWeek/Sagarin power rankings and have earned four consecutive top 10 team finishes entering next week’s regional championship. The Seminoles finished fifth at last week’s Atlantic Coast Conference Championship and fourth at the Ryder/Florida Championship April 2-4 in Miami Lakes, Fla. Florida State won the championship of the Ann Rhoads/University of Alabama Intercollegiate during the fall season.
THE 2004 NCAA EAST REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP FIELD
Florida State is joined by Duke, Auburn, Oklahoma State, Wake Forest, UNLV, Florida, North Carolina, Tulane, Louisiana State, Tennessee, Furman, South Carolina, Ole Miss, UNC-Wilmington, Alabama, Miami, N.C. State, Campbell, St. Francis and Southern University in the 2004 NCAA East Regional Championship. The teams are listed by seed order in the championship with Duke earning the No. 1 seed and the Seminoles the No. 13 seed. Eleven of the top 25 ranked teams in the country are represented in the East Regional. The event will be played at the El Campeon Golf Course at the Mission Inn Golf and Tennis Resort in Howey-In-The-Hills, Fla. The Seminoles have recently competed at the Mission Inn during both the 2000 NCAA Preview (11th place team finish) and the 2001 Mission Inn Invitational (third place team finish. Seminole senior Alison Curdt (St. Louis, Mo.) has played this course twice during her Seminole career and will serve a golf internship at the site during the upcoming summer of 2004.
SEMINOLES IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
Florida State is ranked No. 32 in this week’s GolfWeek/Sagarin rankings. The Seminoles were ranked 30th in the nation prior to the ACC Championship April 16-18. The Seminoles were ranked No. 23 in the nation before finishing tied for 19th at the NCAA Championships during the spring of 2003. Florida State was ranked as high as No. 12 nationally last season. The Seminoles are the fourth highest ranked team in the ACC behind No. 1 Duke, No. 14 Wake Forest and No. 20 North Carolina. Seminole senior Katie Quinney (Atlantic Beach, Fla.) is ranked 59th in the national individual rankings – she has been ranked among the nation’s top golfers throughout the spring season. She entered the ACC Championship ranked 68th nationally and moved up an incredible nine spots following her finish at the conference tournament where she was tied for fifth.
SEMINOLE WOMEN’S GOLF STATISTICS (SPRING 2004)
Name Tourn. Rounds Par -75 Low Strokes Avg.
Katie Quinney 5 15 5 7 67 1,127 75.13
Caroline Larsson 5 15 2 6 72 1,144 76.27
Alison Curdt 5 15 1 3 72 1,170 78.00
Jaclyn Burch 5 15 0 2 74 1,189 79.27
Tyler Johnson 3 9 0 0 80 734 81.56
Kristina Prestipino 2 6 0 0 81 514 85.67
SEMINOLES AT THE 2003 NCAA EAST REGIONAL
The Florida State University women’s golf team finished eighth in the 2003 NCAA East Regional and qualified for the 2003 NCAA Championship. The Seminoles, who were led by 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 was four strokes better than her previous career-low single-round score of 72 that she carded in the first round of the 2003 NCAA East Regional and the third round of the 2003 ACC Championship. She finished in a tie for 11th-place in the individual standings.
SEMINOLE LINEUP IN THE NCAA EAST REGIONAL
Four of the members of Florida State’s starting lineup have played in at least one NCAA East Regional Championship entering this weekend’s event. Seniors Alison Curdt and Carrie Sordel have played in three (2001, 2002 and 2003), while fellow senior Katie Quinney has played in two (2002 and 2003) and sophomore Caroline Larsson has played in one (2003). Freshman Jaclyn Burch is playing in an NCAA East Regional for the first time.
Seminoles’ Lineup In Regional Championship Play
Player LRS LTS BF SA
Alison Curdt 73 (03) 227 (03) T54 (03) 79.00
Carrie Sordel 72 (03) 226 (03) T44 (03) 81.22
Katie Quinney 73 (03) 227 (03) T54 (03) 79.00
Caroline Larsson 68 (03) 216 (03) T11 (03) 72.00
Jaclyn Burch First Career NCAA Regional Championship
LRS=Low Round Score; LTS=Low Tournament Score; BF=Bet Finish; SA=Stroke Average
SEMINOLES HAVE NCAA EXPERIENCE
Four of the five members of Florida State’s lineup in this year’s NCAA East Regional Championship have played in at least one regional during their careers. Seniors Alison Curdt and Carrie Sordel have played in three regionals while senior Katie Quinney has appeared in two and Caroline Larson in one. All four golfers were part of the Seminoles’ 2003 East Regional team that finished eighth in the regional and advanced to the NCAA Championship.
Year Event Total Par Finish
2003 East Regional 227 +14 T54
2002 Central Regional 247 +31 T82
2001 East Regional WD WD T70
Year Event Total Par Finish
2003 East Regional 226 +13 T44
2002 Central Regional 260 +44 T100
2003 East Regional 245 +29 T73
Year Event Total Par Finish
2003 East Regional 227 +14 T44
2002 Central Regional 247 +31 T82
Year Event Total Par Finish
2003 East Regional 216 +3 T11
SEMINOLE SENIOR CLASS IN HIGH CLASS
Florida State’s senior class of Alison Curdt, Carrie Sordel and Katie Quinney will appear in its fourth consecutive NCAA Regional making it only the third senior class to play in the NCAA’s in each of its four years as Seminoles. The Seminoles’ class of 2004 is joined by only the classes of 1994 and 1999 as the only graduating groups who have known all about the NCAA’s at the end of each of their four seasons at Florida State.
FLORIDA STATE’S SPRING SEASON
Florida State has earned two top-five and four top-10 team finishes and had two different golfers earn three top-five individual finishes. The Seminoles have earned four consecutive top-10 team finishes with ninth place finishes at the Lady Gamecock and Liz Murphey Classics, a fourth place finish at the Ryder/Florida Championship and a fifth place finish at the ACC Championship. Three different golfers – Alison Curdt (at the Lady Gator), Caroline Larsson (at the Lady Gator and Lady Gamecock) and Katie Quinney (at the Liz Murphey, Ryder/Florida and ACC Championships) have led Florida State as its top finisher. The Seminoles have utilized four different lineups with Curdt, Larsson (Danderyd, Sweden), Quinney and Jaclyn Burch (Wildwood, Mo.) being the constants and playing in all four events while Tyler Johnson (Ponte Vedre Beach, Fla.) and Kristina Prestipino (Coral Springs, Fla.) playing in two events each.
FLORIDA STATE’S NCAA REGIONAL FINISHES
Florida State is making its 11th NCAA Tournament appearance in the last 14 years. The Seminoles enter the 2004 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. The Seminoles finished eighth at the 2003 East Regional. The Seminoles have made a regional appearance each year since 1996 with the exception of 2000. The Seminoles advanced to the NCAA Championship in 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1999 and 2003. In addition, the Seminoles won the 1981 A.I.A.W national championship.
QUINNEY ENTERS REGIONAL WITH A HOT HAND
Senior Katie Quinney has been Florida State’s most consistent golfer this spring and leads the Seminoles with a career-best 75.13 stroke average in 15 rounds during five tournaments. She has finished in the top five in each of her last three events (third at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic; tied for fourth at the Ryder/Florida Championship and tied for fifth at the ACC Championship) and is looking to become the second Seminole in two years to earn three consecutive top-five finishes. All-America Kristin Tamulis earned three consecutive top five finishes last during the fall of 2002 and the spring of 2003.
IN QUINNEY’S LAST THREE TOURNAMENTS…
…She is averaging 72.44 strokes per round in nine rounds;
…She is averaging 217.3 strokes per tournament in three events;
…She is a total of only nine strokes over par and has been above par in only four times in the last nine rounds;
…She finished five strokes below par at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic. She was two-under par in rounds one and three and one-under par in the second round;
…She has been Florida State’s top finisher in each of the last three tournaments;
…She has had all nine of her single-round scores count towards the team total.
Katie Quinney By The Numbers…
…Quinney is averaging a career-low 75.13 strokes per round in 15 rounds during five tournaments this spring. She is averaging more than 2.5 strokes below (2.61) her previous career low of 77.74 strokes in 19 rounds during seven tournaments during the spring of 2003;
…Quinney has as many top-10 individual finishes this year (fall and spring seasons) as she had during the first three years of her career (five). In addition to her trio of top-10 individual finishes this spring, she finished third at the University of Alabama/Ann Rhodes Intercollegiate and fifth at the New Mexico State University/.Price’s Give’ Em Five Intercollegiate during the fall season;
…Quinney carded a career-best single-round score of 67 in the second round of the ACC Championship. She bettered her previous career best by three strokes. Quinney’s previous career-best was a 70 in the second round of the rain-shortened Bryan National Collegiate during the spring of 2003;
…Quinney has carded all four of the Seminoles top single round scores this spring. She carded a 67 in the second round of the ACC Championship and a pair of 70’s and a 71 in the three rounds of the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic. She leads the team with five rounds at par or better.
SORDEL RETURNS TO LINEUP
Senior Carrie Sordel (Windemere, Fla.) will make her first appearance of the spring 2004 season as a member of the Seminoles’ starting lineup at the 2004 East Regional. Sordel missed the spring semester while concentrating on her academic priorities and putting herself into position to graduate from Florida State with her bachelor’s degree in statistics this coming December. Sordel had been in the starting lineup for the Seminoles for each of her first three seasons and during the fall of 2003. In the Fall of 2003, she earned four top-40 finishes had a top finish of tied for 26 at the Ann Rhoads Intercollegiate/University of Alabama Intercollegiate.
A HOMECOMING FOR SORDEL
Senior Carrie Sordel is familiar with the Mission Inn Golf and Tennis Resort and has played the course countless times during her career. The course is approximately 30 miles from her hometown of Windermere, Fla.
CURDT PLAYING HER BEST GOLF OF THE SEASON
Senior Alison Curdt finished 15th in the ACC Championship and tied for 11th at the Ryder/Florida Championship and enters the 2004 NCAA East Regional playing the best golf of her Seminole career. She is averaging 75.67 strokes per round and 227 strokes per tournaments in the last two events. Curdt tied her season’s best single-round score with a 72 in the third round of the ACC Championship after carding a 73 in the first round of the event. Her 221 score for the 54-hole ACC Championship in 2004 is the best of her career. Curdt’s best individual finish of fourth place came as she helped lead the Seminoles to the team championship at the Ann Rhoads/University of Alabama Intercollegiate during the fall of 2003.
CURDT HAS NEVER MISSED A TOURNAMENT
Senior Alison Curdt will play in her 41st tournament as a member of the Seminoles’ starting lineup in the 2004 NCAA East Regional Championship. She has never missed competing for Florida State since her arrival as a freshman beginning in the 2000-01 season. Curdt has been in the starting lineup for Florida State in every tournament since the Auburn Tiger Derby during the fall of 2000.
CURDT’S HOLE IN ONE
Senior Alison Curdt carded her first collegiate hole-in-one during the 2002 NCAA Central Regional at the Forest Akers West Golf Course at Michigan State University. She scored the hole in one in the second round of the event. It was the only hole-in-one during the 2002 NCAA Championship.
LARSSON AMONG SEMINOLES LEADERS – AGAIN
Sophomore Caroline Larsson enters the 2004 NCAA East Regional Championship with Florida State’s second lowest ranked stroke average with a career low 76.27 mark. She averaged a 76.47 strokes per round during the fall of 2003 and has played in 20 events during her Seminole career.
LARSSON IN SEMINOLES TOP TWO ALL SEASON
Sophomore Caroline Larsson, who finished in a team leading tied for 17th place at the Lady Gamecock Classic, has finished either first or second among the Seminoles’ top five in four of five events this spring. She finished tied with Alison Curdt (tied for 40th overall) at the Lady Gator, led the Seminoles at the Lady Gamecock (tied for 17th overall) and in second behind Katie Quinney at the Liz Murphey Classic (tied for 20th overall) and at the Ryder/Florida Championship (seventh overall).
BURCH BURSTS INTO STARTING LINEUP
Freshman Jaclyn Burch (Wildwood, Mo.) earned her way into the Seminoles’ starting lineup as a freshman and will compete in her first NCAA East Regional Championship this weekend. She earned her first career top-20 finish in her first career event as she helped the Seminoles win the team championship at the Ann Rhoads/University of Alabama Intercollegiate, finishing tied for19th. Burch has carded her career-best single-round score of 74 twice – at the Florida State hosted ACC/SEC Challenge during the fall of 2003 and the recently played Ryder/Florida Championship earlier this month.
NOTING THE SEMINOLE WOMEN’S GOLF TEAM…
…Four different Seminoles have carded a total of eight rounds at even par or better during the spring 2004 season. Katie Quinney leads the team with four sub-par rounds and one at even par;
…Florida State’s best team round, a four-over par 292, came during the third round of the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic at the University of Georgia. Katie Quinney led the team with a two-under par 70 while Caroline Larsson and Alison Curdt carded even par scores of 72 during the round;
…Florida State has finished in the top ten in the team standings in eight of its nine events during the fall 2003 and spring 2004 seasons;
…Katie Quinney’s top two career tournament scores – 211 at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic and 213 at the ACC Championship – both came during the spring 2003 season;
…Jaclyn Burch has improved her stroke average from a 82.00 in the first tournament of the spring (The Lady Gator Invitational) to a 77.00 in her most recent tournament of the spring (The ACC Championship). He has shaved five strokes per round off of her score;
…Florida State’s best team round statistically is the first with a 303.8 average in five tournaments this spring. Katie Quinney leads the team with a 74.40 stroke average during the season;
…Katie Quinney has been the Seminoles top finisher in six of nine tournaments this year (fall and spring seasons combined).
FLORIDA STATE HEAD COACH Debbie Dillman
Debbie Dillman is in her 20th 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 11 times and has won 17 tournament championships since Dillman became head coach. In addition, ten different golfers have captured a total of 16 individual championships.
WOMEN’S GOLF TEAM WINS DIRECTOR’S CUP FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE FOR THIRD STRAIGHT YEAR
For the third consecutive year, the Florida State women’s golf team won the prestigious Athletic Director’s Cup For Community Service at the annual Golden ‘Nole Banquet held recently at the University Center Club on the FSU Campus. Athletics 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. The women’s golf team donates much of its time to the Dick Howser Center for Childhood Services in Tallahassee every Friday during the school year. The organization in named for late Dick Howser, former Seminole head baseball coach and manager of the New York Yankees and Kansas City Royals. The center is a charitable organization that receives monetary support from the citizens of Tallahassee and its surrounding communities.