May 18, 2004
Opelika, Ala. - Senior Alison Curdt tied her career low with a tow-under par 70 and is in a tie for second place in the individual standings after the first round of the NCAA Women's Golf Championship at Grand National Golf Course. Curdt (St. Louis, Mo.) is tied with three other players and only one stroke behind the Alison Hanna of Ohio State who is the current medalist after carded a three-under par 69. The Seminoles are in eighth place in the team standings after finishing with a team total of 301. They will begin play in the second round only three strokes from the top five and only 12 strokes behind the current team leader Oklahoma State.
Curdt's masterpiece began well and ended well for the senior who is playing in her 42nd and final tournament as a collegian. She finished one-under par on both sides of the course, totaled five birdies, played nine holes at even par and only three holes at one over par. Curdt's score of 70 tied her career-low which she also shot during the Bryan National Collegiate during the spring of 2003.
"It (playing well) really hasn't hit me yet," said Curdt immediately after finishing her round. "It's nice to come in the first round and play so well. I feel very good right now and I can't wait for tomorrow.
After playing her first hole at one-under par, Curdt was under par for nearly the entire round. She bogied her second hole to draw herself even and pared her third hole to move back under par where she remained for the rest of the entire day.
Oklahoma State, the nation's 10th ranked team, leads No. 1 ranked Duke and No. 2 ranked UCLA by one stroke in the team standings. Oklahoma State shot an even par 288 while the Blue Devils and Bruins finished with on-over par scores of 289.
Following Curdt in the individual standings were a trio of Seminoles - sophomore Jaclyn Burch (Wildwood, Mo.), and seniors Katie Quinney (Atlantic Beach, Fla.) and Carrie Sordel (Windermere, Fla.) - who finished the first round tied for 68th place with identical scores of 77. Sophomore Caroline Larsson (Danderyd, Sweden) is in a tie for 83rd place after carding a 78.
Sordel turned in a strong performance and carded one of four eagles during the first round. She eagle the 12th hole (her third of the day) as she finished 12 of her 18 holes on the day at par or better.
Florida State's tee times in the second round begin at 8:50 and continuing through 9:30 off the first tee. Curdt, by virtue of her team-leading 70, will play as the Seminoles No. 1 player in round two. The Seminoles are once again paired with Washington and Southern California.
2004 NCAA Women's Golf Championship/Grand National Golf Course/Par 72 Opelika, Ala./May 18-21 (First Round Florida State Results) 8/24 Florida State 301 T2 Alison Curdt 70 T68 Jaclyn Burch 77 T68 Katie Quinney 77 T68 Carrie Sordel 77 T83 Caroline Larsson 78
2004 NCAA Women's Golf Championship/Grand National Golf Course/Par 72 Opelika, Ala./May 18-21 (First Round Team Results) 1. Oklahoma State 288 14. Stanford 303 2. Duke 289 Tennessee 303 UCLA 289 16. New Mexico 304 4. Ohio State 296 North Carolina 304 5 Wake Forest 298 18. Washington 305 6. Vanderbilt 298 19. Texas A&M 306 7. Baylor 299 20. Southern California 307 8. Florida State 301 Purdue 307 9 Furman 302 22. UNLV 308 Georgia 302 California 309 Arizona 302 Arizona State 310 Texas 302 Michigan State 302