April 26, 2004
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The Florida State University women’s golf team has been selected to participate 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 Seminoles are led by seniors Katie Quinney (Atlantic Beach, Fla.) and Alison Curdt (St. Louis, Mo.) and sophomore Caroline Larsson (Danderyd, Sweden). Quinney finished tied for fifth at the ACC Championship and earned three consecutive top-five individual finishes to close out the regular season. She leads the team with career-best 75.13 stroke average. Curdt finished in a tie for 15th place at the ACC Championship and ranks third on the team in stroke average. Larsson, who ranks second on the team with a career-best 76.27 stroke average, finished seventh in last week’s ACC Championship.
Quinney and Curdt will participate in their fourth consecutive NCAA Regional Tournament while Larsson will play in her second in as many years. It marks the third time in school history a senior class had participated in four consecutive NCAA Regional Championships. The Seminoles’ 1994 and 1999 senior classes advanced at least as far as the regional championships.
“We are honored and very excited to have been selected to participate in the NCAA East Regional Championship,” said head coach Debbie Dillman. “I am very happy for our seniors – Katie Quinney and Alison Curdt – who have earned the enjoyment of playing in the NCAA’s during each of their four years as Seminoles. Their accomplishments as Florida State golfers are something we are all very proud of.”
Florida State finished eighth in last year’s NCAA East Regional and advanced to the NCAA Championship where they finished in a tie for 19th place.
Dillman has now led the Seminoles into NCAA play in 12 of the last 14 years. She has guided the team to seven tournament championships during her coaching career and has coached three All-Americans and nine All-ACC selections. Dillman was a member of Florida State’s 1981 A.I.A.W. National Championship team.
EAST REGIONAL TEAMS: Duke, Auburn, Oklahoma State, Wake Forest, UNLV, Florida, North Carolina, Tulane, Louisiana State, Tennessee, Furman, South Carolina, Florida State, Ole Miss, UNC-Wilmington, Alabama, Miami, N.C. State, Campbell, St. Francis, Southern University