Florida State Enters Regionals as Sixth Seed
1997 East Regional Participants
Auburn Louisiana State
Duke Miami, FL
Florida North Carolina
Florida State Ohio State
Georgia South Carolina
Christy Carter -Tulane
Pia Josefsson - Mississippi State
Jennifer Krupa - South Alabama
Letitia Moses - Missouri
Becky Morgan - UNC-Greensboro
Mary Moan - Princeton
Lesley Henderson - Vanderbilt
1996-97 Results at a Glance...
Date Tournament FSU Finish Teams Winner
9/13-15 Lady Seminole Invitational 3rd 19 Alabama
9/20-22 Auburn Tiger Invitational 4th 12 Louisiana St.
10/10-12 Beacon Woods Invitational 5th 12 Ohio State
10/18-20 Lady Paladin Invitational 14th 21 Wake Forest
3/1-2 Lady Gator Invitational 8th 15 Louisiana St.
3/14-16 LSU-Fairwood Invitational 7th 14 Arizona
3/21-23 Lady Gamecock Classic 8th 15 Tennessee
4/4-6 Ryder-Florida Coll. Champ. 2nd 12 Florida
4/18-20 ACC Championships 4th 4 Duke
Florida State Player Bios
Amy Bond * Sophomore
Ocala, FL * Vanguard High School
Best Finish This Season: Finished in third place with a three-round total of 223 at the Lady Seminole Invitational...1996-97: Played in every tournament for the Lady Seminoles...low round of 71 came at the Lady Gator Invitational and Lady Gamecock Classic...finished nine tournament schedule with a stroke average of 76.6 in 26 rounds of play...finished in the top 15 in six of eight tournaments...low total of 222 came at the difficult Lady Gamecock Classic...twenty-four of her 26 (92.3) rounds were counted towards the team score.
Aguri Okura * Junior
Osaka, Japan * UNC-Greensboro
Best Finish This Season: Lost on the first sudden death playoff hole to finish second at the Ryder-Florida Women's Collegiate Championship...1996-97: Most experienced golfer on the team...played in every tournament this year...stroke average of 77.8...among the top 10 in three tournaments...finished tied for 6th in the rain-shortened Auburn Tiger Invitational...posted a low round of 73 in Auburn Tiger Invitational and the Ryder-Florida Championship...counted 24 of 26 rounds towards team score...used a final round 76 to finish tied for 10th in the ACC Championships.
Amy Spooner * Sophomore
Margate, FL * M.S. Douglas High School
Best Finish This Season: Finished the ACC Championships tied for 8th with a three-day total of 232...first top 10 finish of her career...1996-97: Returns to her second NCAA Regional in as many years...led the Lady Seminoles with a tied for 8th place finish at ACC's...finished season with a stroke average of 78.8, third best on the team...posted a low round of 72 in the final round of the Beacon Woods Invitational...three finishes in the top 15, including a tie for 12th place performance in the Ryder-Florida Collegiate Championships...finished the season with two best performances of her career, tied for 12th and tied for 8th...missed most of conditioning in between fall and spring due to a car accident.
Erica Iding * Sophomore
Lansing, MI * University of Arkansas
Best Finish This Season: Placed tied for 15th with a total of 235 at the Ryder-Florida Collegiate Championship...1996-97: Came to Florida State after one year at the University of Arkansas...played in all but two tournaments this season...stroke average of 79.2...low round of 74 came in the Lady Gator and Lady Gamecock tournaments...counted 16 of the 20 rounds (80.0%) towards team score...posted a low total of 235 three times this spring...missed the ACC Championships due to academic complications.
Sarah Capie * Sophomore
Carterville, IL * Carterville High School
Best Finish This Season: Finished tied for 13th at the ACC Championships, posting a three-day total of 236...1996-97: Played in every tournament for the Lady Seminoles...two top 15 finishes this season...improved stroke average from 81.4 to 80.3 over the course of a year...counted 69.2% of rounds towards team score...low round of 74 came in the Lady Seminole Invitational...low three-round total of 232 came in the season-opening Lady Seminole Invitational.
Lady Seminole Notes
Mark of Consistency:
Sophomore Amy Bond has been a mark of consistency for the Lady Seminoles this year. In nine tournments, Bond has finished in the top 15 six times and 24 of her 26 rounds have counted towards the team score.
Okura With Career Finish:
Junior Aguri Okura lost on the first playoff hole to Florida's Riko Higashio for the individual medalist honors at the Ryder-Florida Golf Collegiate Championship. That finish marked the highest one in her career. Her previous high finish was this year's Auburn Tiger Invitational, finishing tied for 6th with a two-round total of 148.
Amy Spooner, a sophomore from Margate, FL, missed most of the off-season conditioning due to a car accident after the fall season. Spooner was able to rehab in time to play in the first tournament of the spring, the Lady Gator Invitational, finishing tied for 40th.
Iding Steps In:
Erica Iding came to Florida State this season after a one-year stint at the University of Arkansas. Iding has played in seven tournaments for the Lady Seminoles, finishing the season with a stroke average of 79.2.
This year's Florida State women's golf team is without one thing, a senior. This year's team enters the Regional with two juniors, five sophomores, and three freshmen. The Lady Seminoles had to replace Kate Burton and Mabel Pascual del Pobil from last year's team that finished 13th in the East Regional.
If the Lady Seminoles can make it through the Regional, the next step is the NCAA Championships that the Scarlet Course in Columbus, OH.
In The Rankings:
Florida State is currently ranked #31 in the the latest Rolex Ranking that came out last week. The East Regional features 17 teams in the top 50. These are the following participants in this year's edition of the East Regional:
Louisiana State #6
Wake Forest #8
North Carolina #10
Ohio State #27
South Carolina #30
Florida State #31
Miami, Fla. Unranked
The Last Time Out:
The Lady Seminoles completed their tournament schedule with a 4th- place finish at the ACC Championships in Atlanta, GA. The Lady Seminoles were led by Amy Spooner, who finished the tournament tied for 8th with a three-round total of 232. Spooner was followed by Okura, who placed tied for 10th.
The Lady Seminoles have played with the same five golfers for seven of 9 tournaments. Bond, Okura, Capie and Spooner have played in every tournament while Iding played in nine tournaments. J.J. Swindle saw action in the Beacon Woods Invitational and Kelly Hoffmeyer played in the ACC Championships.
Lady Seminole Notes (cont.)
The 1997 NCAA East Regional is an opportunity for sophomore Sarah Capie to return to her home state of Illinois. Capie, a native of Carterville, Il, will have the chance to return home with the team on the Sunday prior to the beginning of the tournament. The team plans to play a practice round on Monday in preparation for the Regional.
The teams participating in the East Regional will be no strangers to the Lady Seminoles. Sixteen of the 19 teams in this year's field have played in at least one tournament this season with the Lady Seminoles. The field features all four ACC schools and eight schools from the SEC.
Only seven of the nineteen teams in the East Regional will advance to the NCAA Championships in Columbus, OH in two weeks. Eleven teams from the West will make the trip to Ohio State for Nationals.
The practice round for the NCAA East Regional will take place on Wednesday, May 7th at the Prairie View Golf Course. The first round is scheduled for Thursday with the final round taking place on Saturday. The tee times for the first round of the Regional are determined by the NCAA and all subsequent rounds will be determined by order of finish.
Finishing her 13th year as the head coach of the Lady Seminole golf program, head coach Debbie Dillman will take an impressive record into this weekend's tournament. The Lady Seminoles have finished in the top five 46 of 80 times in the 1990's and have claimed eight team titles during that time. Six golfers have claimed individual medalist honors in the 1990's.
Quoting Coach Dillman:
On the season:
"We played very well early in the season. I think that we started pushing with the added success and expectations that we had. We hit a slump during the middle of the season, but we were able to finish the season on a strong note. They realized that they can play with anyone and it was a mental thing as much as anything.
On the Regional:
"We can't afford to have a bad round. There aren't any bad teams in this regional, so consistency is very important. The pressure will be very tough, considering that teams are shooting for that top 7 finish. I don't think that we have to play any better than we have been, just more consistent. The field consists of four very tough teams from the ACC and a number of schools from the SEC. Tennessee and Louisiana St. are playing as well as anybody right now.
On last month of season:
"The Ryder State Championship was a very important tournament for this team. Psychologically it was important to know that we can play with anybody. The girls realized this and are playing much better. The chemistry of this group in the last couple of months has been phenomenal.
On Amy Bond:
" Amy has been very consistent for us this year. She has alot of confidence going into the Regional. It will be very important that she plays well for our team to advance to the NCAA Championships.
On Amy Spooner:
"She is hitting the ball very well at the end of the year. She also has done an excellent job of accepting her mistakes and going from there."