May 17, 2004
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State women’s golf team finished in fourth place at the NCAA East Regional and will play in their second consecutive NCAA Championship May 18-21 at Auburn University. The Seminoles finished with a 904 team score and finished as one of the eight teams at the NCAA East Regional to advance to the national championship. Seeded 13th in the region entering the event, the Seminoles stunned a number of highly ranked teams to advance to the pinnacle event of the women’s collegiate golf world. The Seminoles finished fourth in the NCAA East Regional behind No. 1 ranked Duke, UNLV and North Carolina. The site of the event is the Lake Course at Grand National, rated one of the top 10 new public golf courses in America in 1994. During its inaugural year, it played host to the 1994 NCAA Men’s Golf East Regional. Since that first major event, other championships that have been played there are: the 1996 NCAA Women’s Golf East Regional, the 1997 Nike Tour Championship, the 1998 LPGA Tournament of Championship, the 1999 Southeastern Conference Women’s Golf Championship, and the 2000 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship.
THE 2004 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP FIELD
Florida State, ranked 29th in the latest GolfWeek/Sagarin rankings is joined by No. 1 Duke, No. 2 UCLA, No. 3 Cal., No. 4 Vanderbilt, No. 5 Ohio State, No. 6 New Mexico, No. 7 Southern Cal., No. 8 Georgia, No. 9 Arizona, No. 10 Oklahoma State, No. 12 Washington, No. 13 Wake Forest, No. 14 UNLV, No. 16 Texas, No. 17 North Carolina, No. 18 Stanford, No. 19 Michigan State, No. 21 Tennessee, No. 24 Furman, No. 28 Arizona State, No. 32 Texas A&M, No. 33 Baylor and No. 38 Purdue at the 2004 NCAA Championship.
FLORIDA STATE IN THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP
Florida State is making its second consecutive NCAA Championship appearance and sixth in school history-which have all come under Head Coach Debbie Dillman. It marks the first time since 1991 and 1992 the Seminoles will appear in the championship in two consecutive seasons.
Seminoles In The NCAA Championship
Year Finish Score FSU Top Individual Finish
1991 14th 1,255 Erica Firnhaber T40th
1992 14th 1,236 Erica Firnhaber T47th
1994 18th 1,272 Maria Casteluci 64th
1999 13th 940 Amy Bond T35th
2003 T 19th 1,256 Kristin Tamulis T28th
SEMINOLES IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
Florida State is ranked No. 29 in the GolfWeek/Sagarin Power Rankings entering the NCAA Championship. The Seminoles were ranked 30th in the nation prior to the ACC Championship and 32nd nationally when they began play in the NCAA East Regional Championship. 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. 13 Wake Forest and No. 17 North Carolina. Seminole senior Katie Quinney (Atlantic Beach, Fla.) is ranked 55th in the national individual rankings – she has been ranked among the nation’s top golfers throughout the spring season. Quinney entered the NCAA East Regional ranked 59th nationally and moved up four spots after finishing in a tie for 12th place in the event.
SEMINOLE WOMEN’S GOLF STATISTICS (SPRING 2004)
Name Tourn. Rounds Par -75 Low Strokes Avg.
Carrie Sordel 1 3 1 1 70 222 74.00
Katie Quinney 6 18 6 8 67 1,350 75.00
Caroline Larsson 6 18 2 7 72 1,374 76.33
Alison Curdt 6 18 1 4 72 1,406 78.11
Jaclyn Burch 6 18 0 3 74 1,420 78.89
Tyler Johnson 3 9 0 0 80 734 81.56
Kristina Prestipino 2 6 0 0 81 514 85.67
QUINNEY AND LARSSON EARN ALL-ACC HONORS
Senior Katie Quinney and sophomore Caroline Larsson earned All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors in a vote of the league’s seven head coaches in 2004. It marks the first time Quinney and Larsson have earned all-conference honors and only the second time in school history that two players have been so honored in the same season. Quinney and Larsson are the seventh and eighth Seminoles to earn All-ACC honors with those eight players earning the honor 11 different times. The pair joins Seminole greats Erica Firnhaber (1992), Marie Josee-Rouleau (1993), Karen Stupples (1994 and 1995), current Seminole Assistant Coach Amy Bond (1998), Louise Wright (2001) and Kristin Tamulis (2001, 2002, 2003) as Seminoles who have earned All-ACC honors. Of those six players, Bond, Stupples and Wright were named to the ACC’s 50th Anniversary team in 2003.
SEMINOLES AT THE 2003 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP
Florida State finished in a tie for 19th-place at the NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship at the Kampen Course at the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex on the campus of Purdue University in 2004. The Seminoles carded a team round of 303 in the final round, 26 strokes better than their first round score, to jump over Tulsa and move into a tie with Kent State on the final day. Florida State senior Kristin Tamulis finished in a tie for 28th place with a 305 total for the four round tournament. Southern California, ranked No. 3 in the nation entering the tournament, led wire-to-wire to win its first ever championship. The Trojans finished 15 strokes ahead of second-place Pepperdine. Mikael Parmlid of Southern California defeated Andrea Vander Lende of Florida in the first hole of a playoff to claim the individual championship.
BRINGING THE SUNSHINE TO AUBURN
Florida State is the only school from the Sunshine State of Florida to be represented in the NCAA Women’s Golf Championship. The Seminoles were joined by both Florida and Miami at the East Regional and were the only one of the three to qualify for the NCAA Championship.
Florida State is one of only 15 teams competing in the NCAA Championship for the second consecutive season. Only Duke and North Carolina join the Seminoles as the three ACC teams who played at Purdue in 2003 and who will play at Auburn in 2004.
SEMINOLE LINEUP IN THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP
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, Carrie Sordel and Katie Quinney along with sophomore Caroline Larsson all played in last year’s NCAA Championship. Freshman Jaclyn Burch is playing in an NCAA Championship for the first time.
Seminoles’ Lineup In NCAA Championship Play
Player LRS LTS BF SA
Alison Curdt 75 (03) 321 (03) T88 (03) 80.25 (03)
Carrie Sordel 74 (03) 319 (03) 86 (03) 79.75 (03)
Katie Quinney 76 (03) 321 (03) T88 (03) 80.25 (03)
Caroline Larsson 79 (03) 321 (03) T88 (03) 80.25
Jaclyn Burch First Career NCAA Regional Championship
LRS=Low Round Score; LTS=Low Tournament Score; BF=Bet Finish; SA=Stroke Average
SEMINOLE SENIOR CLASS STELLAR COMPANY
Florida State’s senior class of Alison Curdt, Carrie Sordel and Katie Quinney will appear in its second consecutive NCAA Championship making it only the third senior class to play in the two NCAA Championships during their careers at Florida State. The Seminoles’ class of 2004 is joined by the classes of 1992 and 1994 as the only graduating groups who have known all about the NCAA’s at the end of at least two of their season’s at Florida State.
FLORIDA STATE’S SPRING SEASON
Florida State has earned three top-five and five top-10 team finishes and had two different golfers earn three top-five individual finishes. The Seminoles have earned five 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, a fifth place finish at the ACC Championship and a fourth place finish at the NCAA East Regional. Four different golfers – Alison Curdt (at the Lady Gator), Caroline Larsson (at the Lady Gator and Lady Gamecock), Carrie Sordel (at the NCAA East Regional) 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 six events while Tyler Johnson (Ponte Vedre Beach, Fla.) and Kristina Prestipino (Coral Springs, Fla.) playing in two events each. Carrie Sordel (Windermere, Fla.) made her first appearance of the spring season in leading the Seminoles at the NCAA East Regional.
QUINNEY ENJOYS BEST SEASON AS A COLLEGIAN
Senior Katie Quinney, an All-ACC selection for the first time in her career, is averaging a career-low 75.00 strokes per round this season and has been the Seminoles’ leader throughout both the fall and spring season’s this year. Entering the NCAA Championship she leads the Seminoles with six rounds of par or better, eight rounds with scores of 75 or below and three individual top-10 finishes. Quinney has been the Seminoles’ stroke average leader throughout the season and trails only Carrie Sordel (74.00 in one tournament) in that category as the team prepares to play in its second consecutive NCAA Championship.
Katie Quinney’s BEST…
…Single-round score of 67 came during the second round of the spring 2004 ACC Championship;
…54-hole tournament score of 211 came at the spring 2004 Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic. She carded a 70-71-70 to finish with all three scores under par;
…54-hole tournament score vs. par of -5 came at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic;
…Individual finish of third came at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic.
SINCE THE START OF THE LIZ MURPHEY CLASSIC…
… Katie Quinney is averaging 72.92 strokes in 12 rounds during four tournaments;
… Katie Quinney has carded six rounds of par or better golf;
… Katie Quinney has carded eight scores of 75 or better and has not been above 79 in any one of her 12 rounds;
… Katie Quinney has led the Seminoles to five consecutive top 10 finishes including a fourth place finish at the Ryder/Florida Championship;
… Katie has carded four rounds with scores at 70 or better including a career-low 67 in the second round of the ACC Championship.
QUINNEY MAKING HER SCORES COUNT
Senior All-ACC selection Katie Quinney has had 17 of her 18 rounds (.944) counted towards the team score this spring. Her single-round score has led the Seminoles in 10 of 21 rounds this spring with the only round of Quinney’s that has been thrown out came during the third round of the Lady Gamecock Classic.
QUINNEY PEAKING AT THE RIGHT TIME
Senior All-ACC selection Katie Quinney has earned four consecutive top-10 individual finishes and is a total of 14 strokes over par in her last four events. She has earned finishes of third, tied for fourth, tied for fifth and tied for 12th since finishing as the second-runner-up at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic (March 26-28). After finishing her first two spring events as a combined 49 over par, Quinney has not been more than 12 over par since the conclusion of the Liz Murphey.
SORDEL RETURNS TO LINEUP
Senior Carrie Sordel made her first appearance of the spring season and helped lead the Seminoles to the NCAA Championship. She earned her fourth career top-10 finish as she led the team with a tie for ninth place finish at the NCAA East Regional. She established her career-low single-round score with a 70 in the second round of the regional championship. 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 and had a top finish of tied for 26th at the Ann Rhoads Intercollegiate/University of Alabama Intercollegiate.
NOTING SORDEL’S PERFORMANCE AT THE REGIONAL
At the NCAA East Regional, senior Carrie Sordel established her career-best single-round score with a 70 in the second round, tied her career-best tournament score with a 222, established her career-best with a 146 score for the first 36 holes and earned her fourth career top 10 finish.
CURDT PLAYING HER BEST GOLF OF THE SEASON
Senior Alison Curdt finished 15th in the ACC Championship (April 16-18), tied for 11th at the Ryder/Florida Championship (April 2-4) and helped lead the Seminoles to the NCAA Championship with a strong closing round at the East Regional Championship. She is averaging 76.67 strokes per round and 230 strokes per tournament in the last three 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 42nd tournament as a member of the Seminoles’ starting lineup in the 2004 NCAA 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 Championship with Florida State’s third lowest ranked stroke average with a career-low 76.33 mark. She averaged 76.47 strokes per round during the fall of 2003 and has played in 21 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). She finished as the Seminoles’ third highest ranked player at the NCAA East Regional with a finish of tied for 32nd place.
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 Championship May 18-21. 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 for 19th. Burch has carded her career-best single-round score of 74 three times – at the Florida State hosted ACC/SEC Challenge during the fall of 2003, at the Ryder/Florida Championship in April and in the third round of the NCAA East Regional.
SEMINOLE FRESHMEN IN THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP
Freshman Jaclyn Burch is the second freshman in two years to compete for the Seminoles in the NCAA Championship. Burch joins sophomore Caroline Larsson as first-year players who have played on golf’s biggest stage in the last two years.
NOTING THE SEMINOLE WOMEN’S GOLF TEAM…
…Five different Seminoles have carded a total of 10 rounds at even par or better during the spring 2004 season. Katie Quinney leads the team with five 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 nine of its 10 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 2004 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 78.89 in her most recent tournament of the spring (The NCAA East Regional). She has shaved more than three strokes per round off of her average;
…Katie Quinney has been the Seminoles top finisher in six of ten 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 is 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.