April 1, 2004
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The Florida State women’s golf team, ranked 30th in the latest GolfWeek/Sagarin rankings, looks to defend its title at the 34th annual Ryder/Florida Collegiate Women’s Golf Championship April 2-4 at Don Shula’s Golf Club and Resort in Miami Lakes, Fla. The Seminoles enter the event as the two-time defending champion as they won the event in both 2002 and 2003. Former Seminole All-American Kristin Tamulis won the individual championship at last year’s Ryder/Florida Championship. Under Head Coach Debbie Dillman, the Seminoles have won the event three times since 1998. This year’s championship features five teams ranked in the nation’s top 100 (led by Florida State at No. 30) and two players ranked in the nation’s top 100 (led by Florida State’s Katie Quinney at No. 67).
THE RYDER/FLORDA WOMEN’S COLLEGIATE CHAMPIONSHIP FIELD
Florida State is joined by Barry University, Bethune-Cookman, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Florida Southern, Jacksonville, Lynn, Nova Southeastern, Miami, Rollins, South Florida, Stetson and UCF at the Ryder/Florida Championship. The event will be played at the par-72, 6,317 yard course at Don Shula’s Golf Club and Resort. Competition begins with shotgun starts at 7:30 a.m. Friday and 8:00 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.
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. 19 Wake Forest and No. 20 North Carolina. Seminole senior Katie Quinney (Atlantic Beach, Fla.) is ranked 67th in the national individual rankings – the highest ranking of her Seminole career.
QUINNEY MATCHES CAREER-HIGH FINISH AT LIZ MURPHEY COLLEGIATE
Senior Katie Quinney finished in third place in the individual standings and the Seminole women’s golf team finished ninth in the team standings at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic March 26-28 at the University of Georgia Golf Course. Quinney tied her career-best finish and the Seminoles gained their fifth top-10 finish in seven events this year. Quinney completed her masterpiece as she carded a two-under par 70 in the third round to finish with a 211 total. Quinney also finished third at the University of Alabama Invitational during the fall of 2003. Her single-round score of 70 tied her career best score for a single round while her 211 total for the three-round event also marked a career best.
NOTING THE SEMINOLES
Senior Katie Quinney is averaging a career-low 75.47 strokes per round in 19 rounds during seven events this year. She is averaging nearly four stokes fewer per round this year than she did during the first three years of her collegiate career (79.29). Sophomore Caroline Larsson (Danderyd, Sweden) has earned three top-20 individual finishes this year including a tied for 17th place finish at the Lady Gamecock Classic in March. She has earned six career top-20 finishes in 18 career events. Junior Tyler Johnson (Ponte Vedre Beach, Fla.) is in the Seminoles’ line-up at the Ryder/Florida Championship – the second consecutive week she has played as member of the Seminoles’ starting five. Florida State junior Kristina Prestipino (Coral Springs, Fla.) was in the Seminoles’ starting lineup for the first time in her career at the Lady Gamecock Classic.
SEMINOLE WOMEN’S GOLF STATISTICS (SPRING 2004)
Name Tourn. Rounds Par -75 Low Strokes Avg.
Katie Quinney 3 9 3 3 70 686 76.22
Caroline Larsson 3 9 2 3 72 692 76.89
Alison Curdt 3 9 1 1 72 716 79.56
Jaclyn Burch 3 9 0 0 77 722 80.22
Tyler Johnson 1 3 0 0 80 242 80.67
Kristina Prestipino 2 6 0 0 81 514 85.67