April 14, 1999
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State men’s and women’s golf teams travel to the ACC Championships this weekend in North Carolina. The men’s team will play at the Old North State Club in Uwharrie Point, while the women’s team is at the Grandover Country Club in Greensboro.
The women’s team enters the tournament after capturing their first tournament victory of the year two weeks ago. The Lady Seminoles came back from 12 strokes down on the last day to beat the University of Central Florida. The Tribe was paced by seniors Amy Bond and Amy Spooner, who finished tied for ninth.
Although their are only four women’s teams in the ACC, this tournament has become one of the most competitive of any conference tournament in the country. Duke enters the event No. 1 in the country, while North Carolina, FSU and Wake Forest are in the top 30. The Lady Seminoles checked in at No. 22 in the latest Mastercard Collegiate Golf Rankings and No. 28 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings.
The Lady Seminoles hope to qualify for the NCAA East Regional that will be played May 7-9, 1999 in Columbia, SC. If they fail to qualify, this weekend will be the last tournament for four seniors. Bond, Spooner, Erika Iding and Sarah Capie are in their final season with the Florida State golf program.
The men’s team is also coming off its best finish of the year last week at the Billy Hitchcock Intercollegiate in Auburn, AL. The Seminoles finished alone in fifth place with a three-round total of 877.
Senior Craig Cochran led the Seminoles, finishing tied for 11th after leading after one round of play. The 11th place finish was the highest of Cochran’s career. The most consistent performer for the Seminoles this spring has been sophomore Kris Hannah. Hannah, a native of Tallahassee, FL, has recorded two top 20 finishes and a tied for third finish at the Seminole Classic.
The tournament features many of the top teams in the country. Clemson enters the event No. 2 in the country, while Georgia Tech is fourth. Six of the nine ACC schools are ranked in the top 50.
Both tournaments will start on Friday with play continuing through Sunday. Results from each round will be available on the website.