May 21, 2003 - by
Seminoles Tied For 21st After First Round At NCAA Women’s Golf Championships

May 21, 2003

Senior All-America candidate Kristin Tamulis shot a 77 to lead the No. 23 ranked Florida State women’s golf team during the first round of the NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship at the Birck Boilermaker Golf Course on the campus of Purdue University. Tamulis is tied for 18th and the Seminoles are in a tie for 21st-place with Tulsa in the 24 team field with three rounds to play.

Florida State, playing in the first wave of teams in the first round, endured temperatures that dropped as low as 55 degrees and winds that gusted at high as 28 miles per hour. The sun appeared, the rain stopped and the wind slowed during play in the afternoon wave.

Southern Cal holds the first round lead with a team total of 305. The Trojans hold a four stoke lead over Oklahoma State and Ohio State. Defending national champion Duke is tied for 11th in the team standings with a 318 team score. Duke’s Virada Nirapathpongporn and Oklahoma State’s Annie Thurman, the only two golfers who were even par in the first round share the individual lead.

Tamulis (Naples, Fla.) led the Seminoles and is tied for 18th in the individual standings with a five-over par score of 77. She begins Wednesday’s second round only five strokes off the lead. Playing in her first NCAA Championship, Tamulis began play on the back nine with a score of 38 and finished the day with a 39 on the front nine. She entered the tournament averaging 73.20 strokes per round in 15 rounds during six tournaments this spring.

Freshman Caroline Larsson (Danderyd, Sweden), Florida State’s hero from the NCAA East Regional, finished the day with an 11-over par 83. She was one of three Seminoles who played better on the front nine with a 40 after carding a 43 on the back nine. Larsson shot a career-low 68 in the third and final round of the East Regional – helping the Seminoles qualify for the NCAA Championship for the fifth time in school history.

Junior Katie Quinney (Atlantic Beach, Fla.) finished the first round as the third highest ranking in the field with an 18-hole score of 84. She was even on both side of the course, carding a 42 on the front and back nines.

Juniors Carrie Sordel (Windermere, Fla.) and Alison Curdt (St. Louis, Mo.) are also competing for Florida State. Sordel carded an 85 and Curdt an 86 in the first round.

Florida State tees off from the first hole during Wednesday’s afternoon session in the second round. The pairings will then be set by results for Thursday’s third round and Friday’s fourth and final round.

NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship/Par 72
Birck Boilermaker Golf Course/West Lafayette, Ind. (First Round Florida State Results)

T21/24 Florida State 329
T18 Kristin Tamulis 77
T86 Caroline Larsson 83
T91 Katie Quinney 84
T101 Carrie Sordel 85
T113 Alison Curdt 86

NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship/Par 72
Birck Boilermaker Golf Course/West Lafayette, Ind. (First Round Team Results)

1. Southern California 305 South Carolina 318
2. Oklahoma State 308 14. Georgia 320
3. Ohio State 309 15. Nebraska 320
4. Florida 313 16. Arizona State 320
5. UCLA 314 17. California 321
6. Pepperdine 315 North Carolina 321
Auburn 315 Vanderbilt 321
8. Stanford 316 20. Kent State 324
Purdue 316 21. Florida State 329
10. Texas 317 Tulsa 329
11. Arizona 318 23. Wisconsin 342
Duke 318 24. Washington State 343
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