April 14, 2004
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Ranked 30th in the nation, the Florida State women’s golf team travels to Clemmons, N.C. to play in the 16th annual ACC Championship. The Seminoles have earned three top-10 team finishes this spring and enter the 2004 ACC Championship looking to improve on their fifth place finish from a season ago. Florida State’s top ACC Championship finishes, second place, came during the 1992, 1994 and 1995 tournaments. Tiffany Faucette (1995) and Mary Lee Cobick (1992) have earned the Seminoles’ top individual finishes of second place in the event.
THE ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP FIELD
Florida State is joined by No. 1 Duke, No. 14 Wake Forest, No. 21 North Carolina, Maryland, NC State and Virginia in the 16th annual ACC Championship. The event will be played on the par 72, 6,411 yard Salem Glen Country Club course setting that played host to the ACC Women’s championship in 2000, 2002 and 2003.
SEMINOLES IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
Florida State is ranked No. 30 in this week’s GolfWeek/Sagarin rankings – the Seminoles’ highest ranking of the year. 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. 21 North Carolina. Seminole senior Katie Quinney (Atlantic Beach, Fla.) is ranked 68th in the national individual rankings – she has been ranked among the nation’s top golfers throughout the spring season.
SEMINOLES IN THE 2003 ACC CHAMPIONSHIP
Senior All-America and All-ACC selection 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. Alison Curdt (St. Louis, Mo.) earned her second consecutive top-15 individual finish as she carded a 75 in the final round and finished in a tie for 15th place. The finish was Curdt’s best ACC finish in three ACC Championships. Her previous best ACC finish was 20th in 2001.
FLORIDA STATE WINS CHAMPIONSHIP AT ALABAMA INTERCOLLEGIATE
Florida State, led by Katie Quinney and Alison Curdt who finished in third and fourth place in the individual standings, rallied from four strokes behind in the final round to claim the championship of the University of Alabama / Ann Rhoads Intercollegiate at the Capstone Club of Alabama during the fall season. The team victory was the first of the fall season and third in the last two years for the Seminoles who placed 19th at the NCAA Championship Tournament in 2003. Quinney finished in third place in the individual standings with a 36-hole total of 149. She carded a 75 in the second round after finishing with a 74 in round one. Curdt, also a senior, finished fourth with a two-day total of 150. She led the Seminoles with a three-over par score of 74 in the second round to earn her highest career finish and first top-10 finish of her career. Prior to her finish at the Alabama Intercollegiate, her best individual finish was a tie for 12th at the fall 2002 ACC/SEC Challenge.
SEMINOLE WOMEN’S GOLF STATISTICS (SPRING 2004)
Name Tourn. Rounds Par -75 Low Strokes Avg.
Katie Quinney 4 12 4 4 70 914 76.16
Caroline Larsson 4 12 2 4 72 922 76.83
Alison Curdt 4 12 1 1 72 949 79.08
Jaclyn Burch 4 12 0 1 74 958 79.83
Tyler Johnson 2 6 0 0 80 481 80.17
Kristina Prestipino 2 6 0 0 81 514 85.67
FLORIDA STATE’S SPRING SEASON
Florida State has earned one top-five and three top-10 team finishes and had two different golfers earn three top-five individual finishes. The Seminoles have earned three consecutive top-10 team finishes with ninth place finishes at the Lady Gamecock and Liz Murphey Classics and a fourth place finish at the Ryder/Florida 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 and Ryder/Florida Championship) 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.
SEMINOLE LINEUP IN THE ACC CHAMPIONSHIP
Three of the members of Florida State’s starting lineup have played in at least one ACC Championship entering this weekend’s event. Senior Alison Curdt has 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 and junior Tyler Johnson are playing in the ACC Championship for the first time.
Seminoles’ Lineup In ACC Championship Play
Player LRS LTS BF SA
Alison Curdt 75 (03) 228 (03) T15 (03) 78.56
Katie Quinney 76 (03) 227 (03) T21 (03) 79.33
Caroline Larsson 72 (03) 236 (03) T21 (03) 78.67
Jaclyn Burch First Career ACC Championship
Tyler Johnson First Career ACC Championship
LRS=Low Round Score; LTS=Low Tournament Score; BF=Bet Finish; SA=Stroke Average
IN Katie Quinney’s LAST TWO TOURNAMENTS…
…She has earned two top-five individual finishes. She finished third at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic (March 26-28) and tied for fourth at the Ryder Florida Championship (April 2-4);
…She is averaging 73.16 strokes per round in her last six rounds. She has carded four rounds of par or better and three rounds of scores under par;
…She has tied her career low score for a single round with a pair of 70’s in the first and third rounds of the Liz Murphey Classic;
…She has finished as the Seminoles’ top finisher twice and tied her career best finish as a Seminole with a third place finish at the Liz Murphey Classic;
…She has finished a total of seven strokes over par in her last six rounds.
QUINNEY PLAYING FOR A THREE-FEAT
Senior Katie Quinney has earned two consecutive top five individual finishes and is looking to become the second Seminole in the last two years to earn three consecutive top-five individual finishes entering this weekend’s ACC Championship. The last player to earn three consecutive top five finishes was All-American Kristin Tamulis during the fall 2002 and spring 2003 season. She finished second at the Landfall Tradition to close out the fall 2002 season and opened the spring 2003 season with a victory at the Lady Gator Invitational and tied for fourth at the Lady Gamecock Classic.
CURDT PLAYING IN FOURTH ACC CHAMPIONSHIP
Senior Alison Curdt is playing in her fourth consecutive ACC Championship this weekend at Salem Glen Country Club. Her best finish of tied for 15th place came during the 2003 event as she carded a career-best 228 for the three round event. Curdt’s finish of tied for 15th during the 2003 ACC Championship is one of six top-15 finishes for the senior who earned a career-best fourth place finish in leading the Seminoles to the championship of the fall 2003 Ann Rhodes/University of Alabama Intercollegiate.
CURDT HAS NEVER MISSED A TOURNAMENT
Senior Alison Curdt will play in her 40th tournament as a member of the Seminoles’ starting lineup at this weekend’s ACC Tournament. 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.
LARSSON AMONG SEMINOLES LEADERS – AGAIN
Sophomore Caroline Larsson enters this weekend’s ACC Tournament with Florida State’s second lowest ranked stroke average with a near-career low 76.83 mark. She averaged a career-low 76.47 strokes per round during the fall of 2003 and has played in 19 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 all four 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 earned her way into the Seminoles’ starting lineup as a freshman and will compete in her first ACC 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 with a tied for 19th finish. 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.
JOHNSON MOVES INTO STARTING FIVE
Junior Tyler Johnson will play in her first ACC Championship this weekend as a member of the Seminoles’ starting lineup for the third consecutive tournament. She played as a member of Florida State’s starting five at both the Liz Murphey and Ryder/Florida tournaments. Prior to the last two tournaments, Tyler had played in five events as an individual and one as a member of Florida State’s “B” team.
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.