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Florida State Women’s Golf Team Enjoys Strong Season

May 30, 2001

The Florida State women’s golf team participated in the NCAA East Regional, finished third at the ACC Championship and earned four top ten finishes (in five events) during the 2001 spring season. The Seminoles’ participation in the NCAA East Regional marked the eighth time since 1990 that head coach Debbie Dillman has guided the team into post-season play. In addition, the Seminoles’ third place finish in the ACC Championship marked the third best finish in the conference championship since Florida State joined the league in 1992.

Florida State is ranked No. 42 in the final rankings of the 2001 season. The rankings were released following its third place finish at the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship tournament and its participation in the NCAA East Regional. Florida State had four wins against top-25 ranked teams and 41 wins against teams ranked in the top-100. The Seminoles are the third highest rated ACC team in the rankings. Individually, senior Louise Wright (Ipswich, England) finished the season with an individual ranking of 96th after being as high as 75th during the regular season. Sophomore Kristin Tamulis (Naples, Fla.) was ranked 154th in the final individual rankings.

Florida State finished in a tie for 15th-place at the 2001 NCAA East Regional that was held at Finley Golf Course in Chapel Hill, N.C. The tail end of the final round was cancelled due to a rain delay and darkness with seven teams, including Florida State, still on the course. At that time, officials determined the tournament to be complete and the seven teams still on the course would finish in a tie for 15th-place. The individuals who did not finish were all grouped in a tie for 79th-place. Two Seminoles, Carrie Sordel (Windermere, Fla.) and Kelley Henderson (Marietta, Ga.), were able to complete the event before darkness on the event. With seven teams and 29 individuals having to end play prematurely, Sordel finished in a tie for 73rd-place while Henderson finished in 77th-place.

Senior Louise Wright and sophomore Kristin Tamulis, members of Florida State’s NCAA East Regional participating golf team, were named to the Atlantic Coast Conference women’s golf team as selected by a vote of the league’s six head coaches. It marked the first time since the Seminoles joined the ACC for the 1992 season that multiple members of the Florida State women’s golf team had earned all-conference honors. It also marked the first time since 1998, when Amy Bond was named to the all-conference team, that a Seminole has been named to the all-conference team. Wright and Tamulis are the sixth and seventh players in school history to be so honored.

Sophomore Kristin Tamulis earned the top finish of her career as she finished in a tied for third place at the ACC Championship. Tamulis was outstanding throughout the tournament as she shot 74-74-75 for a seven-over par 223 total. Her 223 total was the second lowest of her career (her top tournament score of 222 came during the 1999 Lady Seminole Classic). In addition, she has now shot eight scores of 75 or below this spring, which is more than she shot during the first 28 events of her career (five).

Name Tourn. Rounds Par -75 Low Strokes Avg.
Kristin Tamulis 5 14 1 9 71 1,048 74.86
Louise Wright 5 14 3 6 69 1,053 75.21
Alison Zimmer 1 3 0 0 76 234 78.00
Alison Curdt 5 14 1 1 72 1,104 78.86
Carrie Sordel 5 15 0 1 73 1,199 79.93
Kelley Henderson 5 15 0 3 73 1,208 80.53

Senior Louise Wright closed her four-year varsity career at Florida State on an extremely high note. She earned All-ACC honors (along with teammate Kristin Tamulis) as a member of Florida State’s 2001 NCAA East Regional qualifying team. During the Spring 2001 season she participated in all five tournaments and all 14 rounds played by the team. She helped lead the Seminoles to a third place finish in the ACC Championship with a 15th-place individual finish. Her finish at the ACC Championship marked the second time she had finished 15th in the ACC Championship during her career. During the season, she carded a career-low three-under par 69 in the second round of the Ryder/Florida College Championship on April 1. Wright tied her career-best with a second-place finish in the Ryder/Florida Championship as she shot a career-best one-under par 215 in the event. She shot a team-leading three rounds of par or better during the season and all 14 of her scores counted toward the team score during the season. She averaged 75.21 strokes per round during the season that was two strokes lower than then her previous-best career average.

Sophomore Kristin Tamulis capped a stellar spring season as she earned All-ACC honors along with teammate Louise Wright. She competed in the NCAA East Regional and was in contention for an individual NCAA Championship bid until rain and darkness forced the immediate end of the event while during the third round. She was within four shots of earning a possible national invitation as the third round drew to a close. Tamulis helped the Seminoles earn their bid to the NCAA Regional as she shot a 223 in the ACC Tournament to help Florida State to a third place finish in the team standings. She shot a career-best nine scores of 75 or below during the season and shot a near-career low round of one-under par 71 in the third round of the Bryan National Collegiate. Tamulis’ score of 71 at the Bryan National Collegiate marked her best score since the third round of the 1999 Lady Seminole Classic when she shot a career-low two-under par 70.

Senior Louise Wright shot the Seminoles’ low score for 36 holes (142) and 54 holes (215) at the Bryan National Collegiate
…All 14 of Louise Wright’s and Kristin Tamulis’ scores counted toward the team scores during the spring season
…Senior Louise Wright averaged a team-low 73.8 stokes per round in the second round of the Florida State’s five tournaments this spring
…Freshman Carrie Sordel earned two of the top 10 tournament scores (at the Lady Gator Invitational and the Bryan National Collegiate) for the Seminoles during the spring season
…Junior Kelley Henderson (in the Bryan National Collegiate) and freshman Carrie Sordel (in the Lady Gator Invitational) shot career-low rounds of 73 during the spring season
…Freshman Alison Curdt (Ellisville, Mo.) finished in a career-best 20th-place at the ACC Championship
…Senior Louise Wright earned three of the top five single-round scores during the season for the Seminoles
…As a team, Florida State averaged a season-low 75.83 strokes per round in three-rounds during the Bryan National Collegiate
…Sophomore Kristin Tamulis shot a team-leading seven scores (in 14 rounds) of two-over par 74 or below
…Senior Louise Wright earned her career-high tying second place finish at the Ryder/Florida Championship. She earned three top-20 and four top-25 finishes during the spring season
…Senior Louise Wright and sophomore Kristin Tamulis combined to shoot seven of the Seminoles’ top 10 tournament scores
…Sophomore Kristin Tamulis shot four of her top five career low tournament scores during the spring 2001 season
…Junior Kelley Henderson ranked third on the team with three scores of 75 or below during the sprint season.

Freshman Alison Curdt enjoyed a stellar season as the No. 3 player in the Seminoles’ lineup. She was a member of Florida State’s lineup in the ACC Championship and NCAA East Regional and finished in 20th place in her first career ACC Championship at Walt Disney’s Palm Course. Curdt was playing well at the NCAA East Regional before she was forced to withdraw (along with teammates Louise Wright and Kristin Tamulis and six other complete teams) from the event after rain and darkness interrupted play in the third and final round. During the event, she had carded two rounds of seven-over par 79 and helped Florida State into the top 12 of the team standings when the event was stopped. She scored a career-best even-par 72 in the third round of the Bryan National Collegiate in Greensboro, N.C. and helped Florida State to an eighth place finish in the team standings in the nationally power-packed event. Her career-low three-round tournament score of 231 came in the Bryan National Collegiate and she averaged a career-low 78.86 strokes per round in 14 rounds.

Freshman Carrie Sordel enjoyed a strong freshman season as a member of the Seminoles’ starting five. She helped the team finish third in the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship and earn a selection to the NCAA East Regional during the spring season. She finished in 25th place during her first ACC Championship and helped the Seminoles overtake North Carolina on the final day of the event with a personal tournament-best five over par 77 in the third round. Sordel finished in a tie for 73rd-place in the rain and darkness shortened NCAA Regional in Chapel Hill, N.C. She shot a personal tournament-best seven-over par 79 in the first round of the event and helped Florida State to a tie for 12th-place standing after the first 18 holes of the event. During the season, she shot a career-best round of one-over par 73 in the second round of the Lady Gator Invitational and shot 77 or below six times in 15 rounds. She averaged 79.93 strokes in 15 rounds during five tournaments.

Name Spring 2001 Career* Improvement
Kristin Tamulis 74.86 78.85 -3.99
Louise Wright 75.21 78.06 -2.85
Alison Zimmer 78.00 80.71 -2.71
Alison Curdt 78.86 80.71 -1.85
Carrie Sordel 79.93 85.00 -5.07
Kelley Henderson 80.53 82.26 -1.73

*career average entering the 2001 spring season

Junior Kelley Henderson earned her position in the Seminoles’ starting five and played in both the ACC Championship and NCAA East Regional during her first spring season as a member of the Florida State varsity. She carded a career-low 73 in the third round of the Bryan National Collegiate. Henderson carded a career-high three rounds of scores of 75 or below. Her 75 in the second round of the ACC Championship helped the Seminoles move from fifth place (after day one) into fourth place (after day two) and into third place (final) and earn a bid the NCAA East Regional. Henderson’s season-low tournament score of 235 came at the Bryan Tournament while her best career finish of tied for 23rd came at the ACC Championship. She played well in the Lady Gator with two scores under 80 (77 and 78) and a three-round tournament score of 237. She averaged a career-low 80.53 strokes in 14 rounds during five tournaments.

Debbie Dillman has guided the Florida State women’s golf program to nine NCAA Tournament appearances during her 17 years as the Seminoles’ head coach. She has successfully developed the Florida State women’s golf program into one of the top programs in the nation. The Seminoles’ have won 14 tournament championships since Dillman became head coach.

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