May 10, 2013
PALO ALTO, Calif. (seminoles.com) - Although not born in Florida, sophomore Carlton Kuhlo has made quite the impact in the Tallahassee community.
A native of Greenville, S.C., Kuhlo began to make her mark on women's golf while a student at Chiles High School in Tallahassee. As a high school golfer, Kuhlo became the Tallahassee city champion in each of her four seasons and competed in three state championship tournaments. During her senior season at Chiles, Kuhlo placed fourth individually in the state championship.
More impressively, Kuhlo became the first Chiles graduate and earn a golf scholarship to a Division I school.
"It's definitely cool to stay in the area," Kuhlo said of coming to Florida State. "I feel like I have a lot of support. People are excited that I'm here. It's my home; I feel like so many more people keep up with me and keep in contact with me because I'm playing [in Tallahassee]."
Going to school close to home also helps Kuhlo stay in touch with friends and family.
"I have some good friends from high school come out and a couple of my best friends whenever they have the chance to see me play," Kuhlo continued on her fan support. "It's kind of cool to see them support me throughout high school and now are there for my college career."
With this local support, Kuhlo has put in place the proper elements for her to succeed. In the four tournaments she has competed in this spring, Kuhlo has three top 30 finishes with two of them being in the top 20, the Florida Challenge (tied for 16) and the Florida State Match-Up (tied for 18).
Kuhlo competed in her first ACC Championship which helped the Seminoles earn a fourth place finish.
Looking ahead, Kuhlo aims to use her past experience to help succeed as Florida State plays in NCAA West Regional this week at the Stanford University Golf Course.
"It's helped playing in those tournaments," Kuhlo said on her experiences this spring. "You can just build off that confidence. There is going to be a little more pressure in the regionals, but playing in those [previous] tournaments you learn how to handle the pressure. You learn what to do and what not to do."
"It is exciting to be in California," Kuhlo continued on the upcoming trip. "It's an exciting time for us."
With the support of her parents, who have traveled to California to watch her and the Seminoles compete in the regional championships, Kuhlo will do her best to play for her friends and the city of Tallahassee.
By Ryan Syrkus Florida State Sports Information