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  • Amy Bond Named WGCA Founders Award Recipient

    Amy Bond, Head Women’s Golf Coach at Florida State University, has been named the 2019 Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) Founders Award recipient. Bond was recognized on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 during the WGCA business meeting, which was held in conjunction with the WGCA Member Convention that takes place on December 2-5 in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

     

    Bond was a member of the WGCA Board of Directors for 10 years, serving as treasurer from 2008-12, Vice President from 2012-13 and President from 2013-16, and she recently completed her two-year stint as the Immediate Past President. She is currently on the US Selection Committee for the Arnold Palmer Cup, the Salvation Army Board of Directors, and is in charge of the Angel Tree Program for Florida State Athletics.

     

    Behind Bond, the Florida State women’s golf team has won 13 of the last 17 Athletic Director’s Cups for Service, presented annually to the team that contributes the most service hours to the community over the course of an entire year. In 2017, she started a birdie campaign at the beginning of the fall season to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Bond pledged $10 to hurricane relief for every birdie her team collected during the fall season, also pledging $20 for every eagle and $25 for a hole-in-one. This past fall, she did the same for the victims of Hurricane Michael, this time pledging for every birdie and eagle made by the field.

     

    Bond began her coaching career as an assistant coach at Florida State for five years before being named the head coach at Princeton University in 2006. There, she guided Princeton to eight tournament victories and helped the Tigers place in the top-four in the Ivy League each year.

     

    In 2010, Bond returned to Florida State as the head women’s golf coach. In her eight seasons at the helm of the program, the Seminoles have made eight consecutive NCAA Championship Tournament appearances, including three consecutive top-20 finishes. Her teams have recorded the top six single season scoring averages in school history, and in 2016-17 broke the school record for most tournament wins in a season. Bond has coached seven All-Americans, two NCAA Regional Champions, 16 All-ACC selections, and eight WGCA All-American Scholars.
  • SMU Women's Golf Coach Jeanne Sutherland Wins Inaugural Kim Evans Award

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association, in collaboration with the PGA of America, today announced Jeanne Sutherland as the inaugural recipient of the Kim Evans Award.  Sutherland was recognized at the 2018 WGCA Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada with Kim Evans and PGA of America President Suzy Whaley presenting the award.

    The prestigious Kim Evans Award honors the lifetime achievement of the WGCA Hall of Fame coach from Auburn University. The Kim Evans Award will be presented annually to the college or high school coach, and Class A PGA Professional, whose support of the game through teaching, coaching and involvement in the community has helped ensure the continued growth of golf, and who represents the finest qualities the sport has to offer.

    “It’s a privilege to receive this award honoring my friend Kim Evans, I am truly humbled,” said Sutherland. 

    A nominee must meet the following criteria to be considered for either award: they must currently be an active golf coach in NCAA, NAIA, NJCAA or High School as well as a Class A Member of the PGA of America; Recognized teacher/instructor; Active in his/her community; Promotes the game through clinics, instruction/teaching, rules seminars and open events; Active in his/her section of PGA; Strong involvement in junior golf; Collegiate coach longevity; and history of successful players both on the course and in the classroom.

    The Head Coach of Southern Methodist University since 2011, Sutherland led the Mustangs to five consecutive postseason berths (2013-17), and two top-three finishes at the American Athletic Conference Championships. 

    Prior to SMU, Sutherland began her coaching career in 1992 at Texas A&M University where she transformed the program into one of the best in the nation. The Aggies reached postseason play in 13 of her 15 years as the head coach, leading the squad to 13 tournament crowns and three Big 12 Conference titles. Sutherland was named the Big 12 Conference Coach of the Year four times while at A&M (1995, 1997, 2006, 2007), as well as Regional Coach of the Year twice (1997, 2007).

    Elected to PGA Membership in 1990, Sutherland also spent time as PGA Head Professional at Vail Golf Club in Colorado.

    Sutherland, who was also the recipient of the WGCA Founders Award winner in 2016, in recognition for her outstanding service to the WGCA and women’s collegiate golf, has served as both Vice President and Division I Representative of the WGCA during her coaching career. She is committed to serving as a mentor to many young coaches and is a regular volunteer with the Salvation Army, the Dallas Independent School District and the Dallas Ronald McDonald House.

    A native of Dubuque, Iowa, Sutherland played college golf at the University of Northern Iowa, where she earned All-American honors as a sophomore after placing third at the AIAW Division II National Championships and leading the team to a third-place finish. In 1983, she placed 13th at nationals and paced the team to a fifth-place finish.