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Women’s Golf Wrap-Up — Seminoles Earn Top-20 National Ranking

June 3, 2004

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Freshman Jaclyn Burch led Florida State with a career-low 72 in the fourth and final round and the Seminoles finished in a tie for 19th place in the team standings at the NCAA Women’s Golf Championship at Grand National Golf Course. It marked the second consecutive season the Seminoles finished in the nation’s top 20 after also finishing in a tie for 19th place at the 2003 National Championship. Burch led the Seminoles with her first career even par score and finished the tournament in a tie for 90th place with a 307 total for the 54-hole event. Her previous best score of 74 came three times during the spring season including most recently in the fourth round of the NCAA Regional. It was her fourth score at 75 or below for the season. UCLA won its second national championship as it defeated No. 10 ranked Oklahoma State by three strokes and No. 1 ranked Duke by 11 strokes. It was the Bruins’ first national championship since 1991. Sarah Huarte of California won individual medalist honors as she outpaced Karin Sjodin of Oklahoma State by one strokes.

Florida State finished in a tie for 19th at the NCAA Championship at the Grand National Golf Course in Opelika, Ala. The Seminoles were led by senior Carrie Sordel (Windermere, Fla.) who finished in a tie for 38th place in the individual standings. Florida State shot its best 72-hole national championship score of 1,198 (58 strokes fewer than last season) and broke the 1,200 stroke mark for the first time in six NCAA Championship appearances.

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 T19th 1,256 Kristin Tamulis T28th
2004 T19th 1,198 Carrie Sordel T38th

Florida State finished the season ranked No. 29 in the GolfWeek/Sagarin Power Rankings. 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 in 2003. 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.) finished the season ranked 56th in the national individual rankings – she had 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.

Name Tourn. Rounds Par -75 Low Strokes Avg.

Katie Quinney 11 32 7 10 67 2,402 74.99
Carrie Sordel 6 17 1 6 70 1,365 76.20
Caroline Larsson 11 32 3 10 71 2,445 76.60
Alison Curdt 11 32 3 9 70 2,488 77.25
Jaclyn Burch 11 32 1 5 72 2,513 78.55
Tyler Johnson 4 11 0 1 75 887 79.03
Kristina Prestipino 3 8 0 0 79 681 84.59
Gemma Harris 1 2 0 0 77 165 87.50

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.

Carrie Sordel earned All-South Region honors for her ninth place finish at the NCAA East Regional Championship at the Mission Inn Golf and Tennis Resort in Howey-In-The-Hills, Fla. She led the Seminoles to a fourth place finish in the event which qualified the Seminoles for the NCAA Championship for the second consecutive season. Sordel carded a two under par 70 in the second round of the event and finished with a 54-hole total of 222. Her single-round score of 70 established a career-best while her 222 tournament score tied her career-best. The tied for ninth place finish was the fourth top-10 finish of her career.

Florida State’s senior class of Alison Curdt, Carrie Sordel and Katie Quinney played in its second consecutive NCAA Championship in 2004. It marked only the third time a Seminole senior class had played in 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.

Alison Curdt and Caroline Larsson earned Academic All-America honors from the National Golf Coaches Association at its annual awards dinner held in conjunction with the NCAA Women’s Golf Championships. Curdt earned Academic All-America honors for the third time in her career. The senior with a double major in psychology and professional golf management earned the honor as a sophomore, junior and senior (freshman were ineligible for the honor 2001). Curdt has already finished her academic requirements for her psychology degree and is only one semester shy of earning her PGM degree. She will serve a golf internship at the Mission Inn and Golf Club during the summer of 2004. Larsson, a psychology major, earned the academic honor for a second consecutive season. After two full years as a student at Florida State Larsson has never received any grade less than an A- (and she has only ever received two of those grades). To earn All-America mention from the NGCA players must possess at least a 3.5 grade point average for their academic career and be a significant contributor to the team for the season.

Florida State earned three top-five and five top-10 team finishes and had two different golfers earn three top-five individual finishes during the spring 2004 season. The Seminoles 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) led Florida State as its top finisher. The Seminoles utilized four different lineups with Curdt, Larsson (Danderyd, Sweden), Quinney and Jaclyn Burch (Wildwood, Mo.) being the constants and playing in all seven events while Tyler Johnson (Ponte Vedre Beach, Fla.) and Kristina Prestipino (Coral Springs, Fla.) playing in two events each. Carrie Sordel (Windermere, Fla.) played in both the NCAA East Regional and NCAA Championship.

Florida State finished in fourth place at the 2004 NCAA East Regional and to advance to the NCAA Championship for the second consecutive year. . The Seminoles finished with a 904 team score and finished as one of the eight teams from the region 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 event behind No. 1 ranked Duke, UNLV and North Carolina with a team score of 904. All four of Florida State’s countable scores in the third and final round came in at two-over par 74 and gave the team a final round score of 296. The Seminoles moved into fourth after finishing the first round in eighth place and the second round in seventh place.

Florida State won the team championship at the Ann Rhoads/University of Alabama Intercollegiate and earned two top-five and four top-10 team finishes during the fall 2003 season. The Seminoles claimed the championship of the Alabama Tournament as Kate Quinney (third) and Alison Curdt (fourth) finished in the top five in the individual standings and a total of four Florida State players finished in the top 20. Florida State also earned a fifth-place team finish at the Price’s Give ‘Em Five Intercollegiate at New Mexico State University as Quinney finished in a tie for sixth place in the individual standings. Quinney again led the Seminoles as she finished in a tie for 12th place at the Florida State hosted ACC/SEC Challenge. The Seminoles finished in eighth place in the team standings at the ACC/SEC – a tournament that has become one of the premier women’s golf tournaments in the nation. Quinney led the Seminoles with a career-best 74.80 stroke average for the season.

Katie Quinney enjoyed her best season during the spring of 2004 as she earned All-ACC Honors and led the Seminoles to the NCAA Championship for the second consecutive season. IN addition, she helped lead the Seminoles to a fourth place finish at the NCAA East Regional and a tied for 19th place finish at the NCAA Championship. Quinney carded her career-low single-round score of 67 in the second round of the ACC Championship – the 67 was the best single-round score of her career, the best personal score in three ACC Championship appearances, allowed her to finish with her best ACC score over 54 holes of 213 and earned her top ACC finish at tied for fifth place. Her best previous ACC finish had been tied for 21st during the 2003 championship. Quinney’s career-best 54-hole tournament score of 211 came at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic as she carded a 70-71-70 to finish with all three scores under par in the event. She closed out her final collegiate season as she earned four consecutive top-10 individual finishes and was a total of 14 strokes over par in four consecutive events (Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic, Ryder/Florida Championship, ACC Championship and NCAA East Regional) leading up to the NCAA Championship.

Senior Alison Curdt shot her near career low of 70 (two-under par) in the first round of the NCAA Championship at the Grand National Golf Course in Opelika, Ala to close her stellar Seminole career in style. Curd’s 70 in the first round of the NCAA Championship was her best single-round score in eight rounds during the two national championship events she played in during her career and was one of two times she shot par or better during the spring 2004 season. She starred for the Seminoles in the NCAA East Regional and helped the Seminoles qualify for the NCAA Championships a second straight time in 2004. She was one of four Seminoles who shot a two-over par 74 in the third and final round of the regional to help Florida State finish fourth and qualify comfortably for the NCAA Championship. Florida State entered the final day of the regional in seventh place in the team standings and needed to perform well on the final day to earn one of the top eight spots in order to qualify for nationals. Curdt did her part in total a 74 to help the Seminoles to a 296 team total and a trip to the NCAA Championship for the second consecutive year. She was the Seminoles’ top finisher at the season-opening Lady Gator Invitational and finished in a tie with teammate Caroline Larsson in the team and individual standings.

Senior Alison Curdt played in her 42 tournaments as a member of the Seminoles’ starting lineup during her four-year career. She never missed competing in a tournament during her Florida State career. Curdt was in the starting lineup for Florida State in every tournament since the Auburn Tiger Derby during the fall of 2000.

Carrie Sordel was the Seminoles’ driving force at both the NCAA East Regional and the NCAA Championship as she finished in a tied for ninth at the East Regional and in a tie for 38th at the NCAA Championship. Both finishes led the Seminoles in the individual standings. During her career, Sordel helped lead the Seminoles to two NCAA Championship Tournaments (2003 and 2004) and four consecutive NCAA Regional appearances (2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004) during her career. Her career career-low single-round score of 70 came in the second round of the 2004 NCAA East Regional and helped her finish in a tie for ninth in the event. Her ninth place finish led the Seminoles to a fourth place team finish and a berth in the NCAA Championship. Sorrel’s scored of 70 also allowed her to finish with a career-best 222 total for the 54-hole event at the Mission Hills Golf and Tennis Resort.

Caroline Larsson, who earned All-ACC honors for the first time during her career, ranked second on the team with a career-low 76.09 stroke average during the spring 2004 season. She ranked second on the team with three scores at par or better and nine scores at 75 or below and was among the team leaders with better than 90 percent of her rounds counted (20 of 22) for the season. Larsson helped lead the Seminoles to the NCAA Championship for the second consecutive year where she earned her career-best NCAA Championship individual finish of tied for 59th-place. She performed at her best in the postseason as she achieved the best ACC Tournament score of her career (222) and the best NCAA Championship score of her career (300). Her score in the 2004 ACC Championship was 14 strokes and five individual positions better than her placement in the 2003 ACC Championship while her score in the 2004 NCAA Championship was 21 strokes and 29 individual placements better than her performance in the 2003 NCAA Championship.

Caroline Larsson saved her best round for the best time of the year as she carded a season’s-best one under par 71 in the third round of the NCAA Championship at the Grand National Lake Course at Auburn University. Her 71 helped the Seminoles shoot a 295 team total and move into a tie for 10th place in the team standings after three rounds. Larsson finished a total of 12 over-par for the four rounds of the NCAA Championship after finishing 33 over-par at the 2003 NCAA Championship

Jaclyn Burch broke into the Seminoles’ starting lineup as a freshman and played in 11 events during the fall 2003 and spring 2004 seasons. She played well in her first career NCAA Championship appearance with four scores in the 70’s and a 72 in the final round of the event. Burch carded her career-best single- round score of even-par 72 was in the fourth round of the NCAA Championship as she finished as the highest ranking Seminole on the final day of her first 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.

Tyler Johnson (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.) played in a single-season career-high four events during the spring of 2004 including her first career ACC Championship. She shot her career-low single-round score of 75 in the first round and earned her career-best 36-hole score of 153 of the fall 2003 ACC/SEC Challenge. She has earned three varsity letters during her career at Florida State.

Kristina Prestipino earned her way into the Seminoles’ starting lineup for two tournaments during the spring of 2004 – the Lady Gator Invitational and the Lady Gamecock Classic. Her two appearances in the starting lineup marked the first during her career as a Seminole. Prestipino’s best single round score of the season came as an 81 in the third round of the Lady Gamecock and was counted towards the team score. Florida State finished in ninth place in the team standings in the event

Junior Gemma Harris (Sheffield, England) won individual medalist honors at the Lady Eagle Women’s Golf Invitational at Cypress Head Golf Club in April. She led the Florida State’s ‘B’ team to a second place finish in the team standings. For Harris, it was her first career victory in only her third event since joining the team as a freshman in 2001. Harris posted a 79 in the first round which left her in third. She finished the event with a 77, on the par 72 course, which was tied for the best score of anyone in the tournament. She finished the 36-hole event at plus 12 with a combined score of 156. Her nearest competition was three strokes back.

Debbie Dillman finished her 20th season as the coach of the highly successful Florida State women’s golf program as she led the Seminoles to the NCAA Championship for the second consecutive year. 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.

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 during the spring semester 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.

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