July 15, 1998
KAPALUA BAY, Hawaii — Florida State senior-to-be women’s golfer Amy Spooner captured the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship at the Kapalua Bay golf course on the island of Maui last month. Spooner deafeated Natalie Wong of Montebello, CA, 2 and 1 in the finals to win the championship.
Spooner, a native of Margate, FL, never trailed in the match, winning two of the first four holes on the back nine to take the lead over Wong. Spooner was one up going into the back nine and took a two-stroke lead going into the 13th hole. She recorded her first birdie in four matches with a 20 ft. putt on the 13th hole.
“That was one of the few putts I hit well the whole tournament,” said Spooner. “I knew I wasn’t playing very well, but I took advantage of my opportunities.”
Spooner advanced to the finals with an easy 5 and 4 victory over Stefanie Coleman of Tacoma, WA in the semifinals. In the 1997 Public Links Championships, Spooner advanced to the semifinals before losing to the eventual winner.
Spooner qualified for match play after making the cut in two rounds of stroke play. After a victory over Mei-Lin Poai in the first round in 20 holes, Spooner was forced to go 19 holes in the second round to defeat Stefanie Mitchell of Columbia, MO. Spooner advanced to the semifinals with a 2 and 1 victory over Bessie Phillips and Lantana, FL.
Spooner, a three-year veteran to FSU, enters her final year with the Lady Seminole golf program this fall. She has played in all 38 events in her collegiate career and has recorded one top 5 finish.
The U.S. Women’s Public Links Amateur Championships is one of 13 tournaments sanctioned by the USGA, with 10 strictly held for amateurs.