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Florida State Women’s Golf Team To Play In 2003 NCAA Championship

May 10, 2003

The Florida State University women’s golf team finished eighth in the NCAA East Regional and qualified for the 2003 NCAA Championship May 20-23 at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. The Seminoles, who were ed by freshman Caroline Larsson’s career-best score of 68 in the final round, earned the eighth and final qualifying spot from the East Region into the NCAA championship. The Seminoles finished five strokes behind seventh-place South Carolina and four strokes ahead of ninth place Furman.

The Seminoles will play in the NCAA Championship for the fifth time in school history and for the first time since the 1999 season when they finished 13th. The Seminoles’ 13th place finish in the 1999 NCAA Championship is the best in school history. Florida State won the 1981 national championship when women’s athletics was governed by the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (A.I.A.W.)

No. 1 ranked Duke won its fourth consecutive East Regional championship and will play in the NCAA Championship for the 16th time. Brandi Jackson of Furman University won the individual title with a eight-under par score of 205.

Larsson (Danderyd, Sweden) shot a career-low three-under par 68 to lead the Seminoles in the final round. She birdied five of her 18 holes and was over par on only one hole. Larsson’s score of 68 is four strokes better than her previous career-low single-round score of 72 that she carded in the first round of the NCAA East Regional and the third round of the ACC Championship. She finished in a tie for 11th-place in the individual standings.

Senior All-America candidate and three-time All-ACC candidate Kristin Tamulis (Naples, Fla.) carded a two-over par 73 in the third round and finished in a tie for 30th-place with a 222 score for the 54-hole event. Tamulis played well through the final round as she was one-under on the back nine and finished with three-over par total on the front nine and finished with her team-leading 11th scoring of the spring season.

Junior Carrie Sordel (Windermere, Fla.), the final golfer to finish the round for the Seminoles, carded an eight over par 79 and finished in a tie for 44th-place. She averaged 75.33 strokes per round during the event after carding a one-over par 72 in the first round. Sordel birdied two of her final nine holes to help Florida State keep a solid hold on their birth in the NCAA Championship.

Juniors Katie Quinney (Atlantic Beach, Fla.) and Alison Curdt (St. Louis, Mo.) finished in a tie for 54th-place with identical tournament scores of 227 for the 54-hole event. Quinney carded a six-over par 77 in the third round while Curdt finished the third round with an eight over par 79.

Florida State is making its fifth appearance in the NCAA Championship and first since 1999. The Seminoles finished 13th in 1999, 18th in 1994, 14th in 1992 and 14th in 1991. The Seminoles won the A.I.A.W national championship in 1981.

2003 NCAA East Regional Women’s Golf Championship/Par 71
Salem Glen Country Club/Clemmons, N.C./May 8-10, 2003/(Final Florida State Results)

8/21 Florida State 290 302 297 889
T11 Caroline Larsson 72 76 68 216
T30 Kristin Tamulis 73 76 73 222
T44 Carrie Sordel 72 75 79 226
T54 Katie Quinney 73 77 77 227
T54 Alison Curdt 73 75 79 227

2003 NCAA East Regional Women’s Golf Championship/Par 71
Salem Glen Country Club/Clemmons, N.C./May 8-10, 2003/(Final Team Results)

1. Duke 857 12. Mississippi State 905
T2. Georgia 865 13. Penn State 907
Vanderbilt 865 T14. East Carolina 908
4. Auburn 867 NC State 908
5. Arizona 874 16. Western Carolina 913
6. North Carolina 882 17. UNC Wilmington 918
7. South Carolina 884 18. Georgia State 919
8. Florida State 889 19. Mississippi 920
9. Furman 893 20. South Florida 922
10. Wake Forest 894 21. St. Francis (Pa.) 981
11. Tulane 895
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