Kelley Nittoli of Texas Wins 37th Women’s Southern Senior Amateur Championship

Briefly: Kelley Nittoli of Texas wins the 37th Women’s Southern Senior Amateur at Woodside Country Club after firing a final round even-par 72 that included back-to-back birdies on the twelfth and thirteenth holes. Florida’s Beatriz Arenas captures victory of the Super Senior title in the Championship Division after carding a final round 6-over 78. Patty Moore of North Carolina shoots a final round 7-over 79 to win in the Tournament Division by eight strokes also earning her the Super Senior title.

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Leaders: Adding her name to the Katherine Graham Trophy for a second time, Kelley Nittoli joins elite company. The 2014 Women’s Southern Senior Amateur Champion, Kelley Nittoli, put together a fantastic final round to win the Championship Division by five strokes. Fittingly, Nittoli was born in Augusta, Georgia, making this victory extra special. Nittoli came into Wednesday’s final round just one shot back from the lead but matched her second-round score of even-par 72 to cap the championship off. It was on the back nine when she really caught fire – pairing her back-to-back birdies with a bogey-free back nine score of 2-under 34. Patty Moore, who was the leader of the Tournament Division after the second round, posted rounds of 85-78-79 to get to a tournament total of 242.

In Contention: In the Championship Division, both Laura Coble of Augusta, Georgia and 2021 Women’s Southern Amateur Champion, Kathy Hartwiger of Birmingham, Alabama card final round scores of 3-over 75s at Woodside Country Club to earn second place. In the Tournament Division, Aiken, South Carolina native Sherri Vogel matched her first-round score of 12-over 84 earning her the number two spot in her flight. One stroke back from Vogel is Ann Watkins of Pinehurst, North Carolina who carded a final round score of 10-over 82.

Golf Course: The Women’s Southern Senior Amateur has returned to Woodside Country Club, located in Aiken, South Carolina for the second time, first in 2007 and again in 2022. Woodside originally opened in 1987 with 18 holes designed by Rees Jones. The club completed an expansion in the spring of 1991, bringing the Woodside Member an additional 18 holes built by Bob Cupp, where this competition is being contested.

Weather: Temperatures were in the low 50s early this morning but quickly warmed up as soon as the sun came out. Sunny conditions paired with barely any wind resulted in perfect weather for the final round of the 37th Women’s Southern Senior Amateur Championship.

Tournament Format: Entry to the WSGA Senior Championship is open to amateur golfers who have reached their 50th birthday by October 3, have a USGA handicap index of no more than 23.5, and are members of the WSGA through a WSGA member golf club or a women’s golf organization located within the 15 Southern states and the District of Columbia. Scheduled for 54-holes of stroke play, the WSGA Senior Amateur will feature two sets of tees to separate the Championship Division and Tournament Division. The Championship Division will play from 5,700 yards while the Tournament Division will play from 5,300 yards. After 36-holes, both Divisions will be divided into flights after the second round.

Women’s Southern Golf Association: The first WSGA Senior Amateur was held in 1986 and won by Nita McMaster from Florida. Now in its 37th year, the event continues to attract some of the southern state’s most elite female amateur golfers. Southern states include Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

Next Up: The Women’s Southern Amateur and Mid-Amateur Championships are scheduled for June 5-8, 2023 at the Golf Club of Houston in Humble, Texas. To see all the scores from Woodside Country Club – Cupp Course, click here.

For more information on the Women’s Southern Senior Amateur, click here.


Florida’s Higgins Leads 37th Women’s Southern Amateur after 36-Holes

Briefly: Florida’s Gigi Higgins fired a second round even-par 72 to take the 36-hole lead in the Championship Division at the 37th Women’s Southern Amateur. North Carolina native Patty Moore leads the Tournament Division by three strokes after shooting the low round of 6-over 78 on Tuesday.

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Leaders: Gigi Higgins leads the Championship Division by a single stroke heading into the final round. Higgins, who began Tuesday’s round six shots back from the lead, got off to a rocky start with three bogeys on her front nine. She made the turn at 3-over and added an additional bogey on the par 4 tenth hole when her round took a dramatic shift after a birdie on the par-5 twelfth hole. Higgins blistered the back nine with a 3-under 33 after rolling in three back-to-back birdies to get back to even. Patty Moore bested her first-round score with the Tournament Division low round of 78 to take the lead by three strokes. Starting on the back nine, she played a consistent round combining one birdie and three bogeys to make the turn at 2-over 38. On the other side, Moore combined her birdie on the par 4 fifth hole with one double bogey and two bogeys.

In Contention: In the Championship Division, Kelley Nittoli of Texas sits just one back from the lead after matching Higgins’ even-par round of 72. Two shots back from the lead is Tennessee’s Erica Chappell who carded a 3-over 75 for a tournament total of 153. Defending Champion Kathy Hartwiger of Alabama and Laura Coble of Georgia trail the lead by three strokes, making for a thrilling final round tomorrow at Woodside Country Club. In the Tournament Division, Sherri Vogel of South Carolina sits three back from the lead after carding a 10-over 82, matching the first-round low score. First round leader, Bonnie Fry of Maryland is five back strokes from the lead after shooting a 14-over 82 for a tournament total of 168.

Golf Course: The Women’s Southern Senior Amateur has returned to Woodside Country Club, located in Aiken, South Carolina for the second time, first in 2007 and again in 2022. Woodside originally opened in 1987 with 18 holes designed by Rees Jones. The club completed an expansion in the spring of 1991, bringing the Woodside Member an additional 18 holes built by Bob Cupp, where this competition is being contested.

Weather: Temperatures began this morning again in the high 40s but with the sun showing itself early during the round, playing conditions improved tremendously for the second round. The temperature in the second half of the round reached the high 60s with winds around 9mph.

Tournament Format: Entry to the WSGA Senior Championship is open to amateur golfers who have reached their 50th birthday by October 3, have a USGA handicap index of no more than 23.5, and are members of the WSGA through a WSGA member golf club or a women’s golf organization located within the 15 Southern states and the District of Columbia. Scheduled for 54-holes of stroke play, the WSGA Senior Amateur will feature two sets of tees to separate the Championship Division and Tournament Division. The Championship Division will play from 5,700 yards while the Tournament Division will play from 5,300 yards. After 36-holes, both Divisions will be divided into flights of round.

Women’s Southern Golf Association: The first WSGA Senior Amateur was held in 1986 and won by Nita McMaster from Florida. Now in its 37th year, the event continues to attract some of the southern state’s most elite female amateur golfers. Southern states include Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

Next Up: The final round of the Women’s Southern Senior is scheduled for an 8:30 a.m. shotgun on Wednesday, October 5th. To see the pairings for the final round, click here. To see all the scores from Woodside Country Club – Cupp Course, click here.

For more information on the Women’s Southern Senior Amateur, click here.


West and Arenas Lead Women’s Southern Senior Amateur After 18-Holes

Briefly: Alabama’s Susan West and Florida’s Beatriz Arenas both fired 4-over 76s in the 37th WSGA Senior Amateur to lead the Championship Division by two strokes at Woodside Country Club in Aiken, South Carolina. Maryland native Bonnie Fry leads the Tournament Division by two strokes after shooting 10-over 82 on Monday.

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Leaders: Susan West and Beatriz Arenas share the lead by two strokes in the Championship Division heading into the second round, both carding rounds of 4-over 76. West started her day on the front nine and with a bogey on the par 5 second hole and a double bogey on the par 4 ninth hole, making the turn with a 3 over par 39. Her first birdie came on the par 3 tenth hole followed by two bogeys on the back nine to finish with a 76. Co-leader, Beatriz Arenas also started on the front nine and had two birdies, the par 4 first hole, and the par 4 fourteenth hole. Bonnie Fry holds a two-stroke lead in the Tournament Division after shooting 10-over 82 in the first round. She played a solid round combining three birdies with nine bogeys and two double-bogeys.

In Contention: In the Championship Division, Tama Caldabaugh of Florida, Cindy Gilkeson of Texas, and Laura Coble of Georgia sit tied for third at 6-over 78 to trail West and Arenas by two strokes. In solo sixth is Tennesee’s Erica Chappell who shot a 7-over 79 at Woodside Country Club. In the Tournament Division, Aiken local Sherri Vogel sits two back from the lead after carding a 12-over 84. Elizabeth Nenon of Mississippi and Patty Moore of North Carolina are just three strokes behind the lead heading in tomorrow’s second round.

Golf Course: The Women’s Southern Senior Amateur has returned to Woodside Country Club, located in Aiken, South Carolina for the second time, first in 2007 and again in 2022. Woodside originally opened in 1987 with 18 holes designed by Rees Jones. The club completed an expansion in the spring of 1991, bringing the Woodside Member an additional 18 holes built by Bob Cupp, where this competition is being contested.

Weather: Temperatures started this morning in the 50s and did not get any warmer than the mid-60s under partly cloudy skies. Winds remained steady at around 10 mph making conditions challenging combined with the chilly weather.

Tournament Format: Entry to the WSGA Senior Championship is open to amateur golfers who have reached their 50th birthday by October 3, have a USGA handicap index of no more than 23.5, and are members of the WSGA through a WSGA member golf club or a women’s golf organization located within the 15 Southern states and the District of Columbia. Scheduled for 54-holes of stroke play, the WSGA Senior Amateur will feature two sets of tees to separate the Championship Division and Tournament Division. The Championship Division will play from 5,700 yards while the Tournament Division will play from 5,300 yards. After 36-holes, the Tournament Division will be divided into flights.

Women’s Southern Golf Association: The first WSGA Senior Amateur was held in 1986 and won by Nita McMaster from Florida. Now in its 37th year, the event continues to attract some of the southern state’s most elite female amateur golfers. Southern states include Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

Next Up: The second round of the Women’s Southern Senior is scheduled for an 8:30 a.m. shotgun on Tuesday, October 4th. To see the pairings for the second round, click here. To see all the scores from Woodside Country Club – Cupp Course, click here.

For more information on the Women’s Southern Senior Amateur, click here.


Inez Wanamarta and Julia Potter-Bobb Take Home the Titles for Women’s Southern Golf Association’s Amateur and Mid-Amateur Championship

Briefly: Play concluded last Thursday for the 2022 WSGA Amateur and Mid-Amateur Championship at Hunting Creek Country Club in Prospect, Kentucky with Inez Wanamarta and Julia Potter-Bobb taking home the victories. Wanamarta won the Amateur Division in her final match 1 up over Rylea Marcum. Potter-Bobb won the Mid-Amateur Division in her final match 1 up over Kathy Hartwiger. Both ladies fought hard for their titles on Thursday in their last 2 rounds of match play with the final matches on Thursday afternoon coming down to the final hole. In the Amateur Division First Flight, Lisa Eubanks won her final match 4 and 3 over Sophie Simon to take home the victory.

Leaderboard Snapshot:

Amateur Semifinal Matches
Inez Wanamarta def. Aysis Azarcon 6 & 5
Rylea Marcum def. Abby Newton 5 & 4

Mid-Amateur Semifinal Matches
Kathy Hartwiger def. Adrienne Schmidt 3 & 2
Julia Potter-Bobb def. Dawn Woodard 2 & 1

Amateur Final Matches
Inez Wanamarta def. Rylea Marcum 1 up

Mid-Amateur Final Matches
Julia Potter-Bobb def. Kathy Hartwiger 1 up

Amateur First Flight Final Matches
Lisa Eubanks def. Sophie Simon 4 & 3

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Golf Course: Hunting Creek Country Club, founded in 1964, has been known for its congeniality as well as its gorgeous track and is located in the rolling hills of Prospect, Kentucky. The club, originally designed by club member Ben Wihry, was upgraded by Holt Golf Design in 2010 for a complete tee-to-green course renovation. Hunting Creek Country Club has hosted almost every major event throughout its history, including the Kentucky Amateur and the Kentucky Open.

Weather: Temperatures were on the cooler side throughout the day on Thursday with a high of 80 degrees. In the morning there were cloudy skies and in the afternoon the sun came out just in time for the final round of match play.

In contention: Thursday morning saw the semifinalists go head-to-head to play for their spot in the final matches in the afternoon. Inez Wanamarta defeated Aysis Azarcon with a 6 and 5 win to secure her spot in the finals. Rylea Marcum also won her match in the Semifinals over Abby Newton with a 5 and 4 win to advance to the Finals. In the final match, both ladies fought hard and kept it even throughout most of the match, but Wanamarta finished on top on the final hole with a 1 up win to claim the title of Amateur Champion.

In the Mid-Amateur division, the semifinalists also fought hard for their chance to compete in the Finals. Kathy Hartwiger defeated Adrienne Schmidt with a 3 and 2 win in their match to move on to the Finals. Julia Potter-Bob also won her match 2 and 1 over Dawn Woodard. Potter-Bobb and Hartwiger faced off in the Finals where they were tied until the final hole where Hartwiger missed a heartbreaking 2-foot putt to lose the match and Potter-Bobb won the title of Mid-Amateur Champion.

What’s Next: The 2022 WSGA Amateur and Mid-Amateur Championship concluded on Thursday afternoon.

More Info: For more information on the 2022 Women’s Southern Amateur & Mid-Amateur, click here.

Amateur Championship Semifinals - Championship Flight
Inez Wanamarta def. Aysis Azarcon - 6 & 5
Rylea Marcum def. Abby Newton – 5 & 4

Amateur Championship Finals – First Flight
Lisa Eubanks def. Sophie Simon – 4 & 3

Mid-Amateur Championship Semifinals
Julia Potter-Bobb def. Dawn Woodard – 2 & 1
Kathy Hartwiger def. Adrienne Schmidt – 3 & 2

Amateur Championship Finals - Championship Flight
Inez Wanamarta def. Rylea Marcum – 1 up

Mid-Amateur Championship Finals
Julia Potter-Bobb def. Kathy Hartwiger – 1 up

 


Semi-Finals Set for Women’s Southern Golf Association Amateur & Mid-Amateur Championships

Briefly: Inez Wanamarta, remains undefeated after today’s Round of 16 and the Quarterfinals in the Amateur Division of the WSGA’s Amateur & Mid-Amateur Championship. This morning, in the Round of 16, Wanamarta defeated the No. 16 seed, Cassidy Lambert, with a 6 and 4 win.  The Purdue graduate advanced to the Quarterfinals where she took on the No. 8 seed, Caroline Caudill, defeating the Middle Tennessee State University player 4 and 3. In the Mid-Amateur Division, Adrienne Schmidt defeated the No. 1 seed, Mary Jane Hiestand, 2 and 1 in this morning’s Round of 16. The Virginia native proceeded onto the Quarterfinals where she bested Kentucky local, Susan Stewart, 1 up. This afternoon ended with the Consolation Stroke Play where in the Amateur Division, Clare Gimpel, shot a 74. In the Mid-Amateur Division, Carole Turnage of Texas, took home first place after posting a score of 85.  

Leaderboard Snapshot:

Amateur Championship Flight – Round of 16
Inez Wanamarta def. Cassidy Lambert - 6 & 4
Caroline Caudill def. Susan Glasby - 2 up

Mid-Amateur Championship – Round of 16
Adrienne Schmidt def. Mary Jane Hiestand - 2 & 1
Susan Stewart def. Susan West - 3 & 2

Amateur Championship Flight – Quarterfinals
Inez Wanamarta def. Caroline Caudill - 4 & 3
Aysis Azarcon def. Ryan Elizabeth Bender - 5 & 4

Mid-Amateur Championship – Quarterfinals
Adrienne Schmidt def. Susan Stewart - 1 up
Kathy Hartwiger def. Lucy Nunn - 6 & 5

Amateur Championship – Consolation Stroke Play
Clare Gimpel - 74
Ket Preamchuen Vanderpool - 77
Makena Dubois - 78

Mid-Amateur Championship – Consolation Stroke Play
Carol Turnage - 85
Julie Robichaux - 85
Cindy Gilkeson - 85

Round of 16 Results | Quarterfinal Results | Consolation Stroke Play

Golf Course: Hunting Creek Country Club, founded in 1964, has been known for its congeniality as well as its gorgeous track and is located in the rolling hills of Prospect, Kentucky. The club, originally designed by club member Ben Wihry, was upgraded by Holt Golf Design in 2010 for a complete tee-to-green course renovation. Hunting Creek Country Club has hosted almost every major event throughout its history, including the Kentucky Amateur and the Kentucky Open.

Weather: In today’s Round of 16 and the Quarterfinals, the anticipated storms held off until play was completed. Temperatures remained in the low 80’s throughout the day with wind that reached up to 9 mph in the afternoon.

In Contention: In the Amateur Division, No. 2 seed Rylea Marcum defeated Cailyn Henderson 3 and 2 in the Round of 16 and went on to defeat No. 7 seed Michaela Morard in 20 holes. In the Mid-Amateur Division, Julia Potter-Bob defeated Therese Quinn in the Round of 16 with a 6 and 5 win after chipping in on the par-4 Hole No. 4. In the Quarterfinals, the Indiana resident took on the No. 7 seed Anna Morales of Texas, 7 and 5.

What’s Next: The Semi-Final matches will begin at 8:00 a.m. with live scoring provided.

More Info: For more information on the 2022 Women’s Southern Amateur and Mid-Amateur, click here.


Round of 16 & Quarterfinals Set for Women’s Southern Golf Association Amateur & Mid-Amateur

Briefly: Inez Wanamarta continued her streak as the top seed in the Women’s Southern Amateur & Mid-Amateur Championship at Hunting Creek Country Club in Prospect, Kentucky. She defeated number 16 seed Cassidy Lambert with a 5 and 4 win. Katherine Lemke, the 27 seed, had a notable finish today with a 3 and 2 finish over Taylor Roberts who was the number 6 seed. In the Mid-Amateur Division, Adrienne Schmidt won her match 5 and 4 to move on to play top seed Mary Jane Hiestand who had a Bye from the first round. Number 2 seed Julia Potter-Bobb also had an impressive win today with a 9 and 8 win. The players will head into two more rounds of match play tomorrow with Quarterfinal rounds being played tomorrow afternoon.

Leaderboard Snapshot:

Amateur Round of 32 Matches
Player Player Result
Inez Wanamarta def.           Mia Nixon     5 & 4
Rylea Marcum def. Lisa Marie Rudometkin 5 & 3
Elle Johnson def. Emma Lindemoen 5 & 4
Loralie Cowart def. Cathryn Brown 4 & 3

 

Mid-Amateur Round of 32 Matches
Player Player Result
Mary Jane Hiestand Bye
Julia Potter-Bobb def. Becky Mitchell 9 & 8
Anna Schultz def. Ann Gutter 4 & 3
Lucy Nunn def. Sherry Fox 8 & 6

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Golf Course: Hunting Creek Country Club, founded in 1964, has been known for its congeniality as well as its gorgeous track and is located in the rolling hills of Prospect, Kentucky. The club, originally designed by club member Ben Wihry, was upgraded by Holt Golf Design in 2010 for a complete tee-to-green course renovation. Hunting Creek Country Club has hosted almost every major event throughout its history, including the Kentucky Amateur and the Kentucky Open.

Weather: Tuesday’s conditions were much more enjoyable as opposed to yesterday’s storms with cloudy skies in the morning and partly sunny in the afternoon. The high was 82 degrees, and the low was 64 degrees. Humidity was relatively high throughout the day staying at around 65%.

In Contention: Tuesday’s matches saw seven of the top eight Amateur seeds moving on from the round of 32. The 6 seed, Taylor Roberts, fell to Katherine Lemke who had a 3 & 2 win. In the Mid-Amateur Division, top seed Mary Jane Hiestand had a Bye and seeds two, three, and four (Julia Potter-Bobb, Anna Schultz, Lucy Nunn) won their matches to advance to Wednesday’s rounds.

What’s Next: Day 2 of Match Play begins at 8:00 a.m., and the Quarterfinals begin in the afternoon for the Amateur and Mid-Amateur divisions at 1:30 p.m. The Stroke Play Consolation bracket will also be Wednesday afternoon beginning at 2:10 p.m.

More Info: For more information on the 2022 Women’s Southern Amateur & Mid-Amateur, click here.


Wanamarta, Hiestand, and Heinle Earn Medalist Honors at Women’s Southern Golf Association Amateur & Mid-Amateur

Briefly: Overcoming two challenging weather delays at the Qualifying round of the Women’s Southern Golf Association Amateur & Mid-Amateur Championship, the leaderboard at Hunting Creek Country Club of Prospect, Kentucky features some of America’s top golfers. Inez Wanamarta captured Medalist honors and the No. 1 seed in the Amateur Championship Flight with a score of 74. Rylea Marcum and Elle Johnson finished right behind to tie for second with a score of 75, both dropping in 2 birdies along the way. Gracie Heinle posted a 78 to claim Junior Medalist Honors. In the Mid-Amateur Division, Mary Jane Hiestand claimed Medalist Honors with a score of 72, shooting even for the day.

Leaderboard

Amateur Division:
1) Inez Wanamarta West Lafayette, Indiana 74
T2) Rylea Marcum Georgetown, Kentucky 75
T2) Elle Johnson Tallahassee, Florida 75
T4) Loralie Cowart Douglasville, Georgia 75
T4) Aysis Azarcon Grand Prairie, Texas 75
T4) Taylor Roberts Parkland, Florida 75
T4) Michaela Morard Huntsville, Alabama 75
T4) Caroline Caudill Clarksville, Tennessee 75

Mid-Amateur Division:
1) Mary Jane Hiestand Naples, Florida 72
2) Julia Potter-Bob Indianapolis, Indiana 73
3) Anna Schultz Heath, Texas 76
T4) Lucy Nunn Hattiesburg, Missouri 78
T4) Kathy Hartwiger Birmingham, Alabama 78

Results Day 1

Golf Course: Hunting Creek Country Club, founded in 1964, has been known for its congeniality as well as its gorgeous track and is located in the rolling hills of Prospect, Kentucky. The club, originally designed by club member Ben Wihry, was upgraded by Holt Golf Design in 2010 for a complete tee-to-green course renovation. Hunting Creek Country Club has hosted almost every major event throughout its history, including the Kentucky Amateur and the Kentucky Open.

Weather: Conditions were challenging throughout the day with on and off thunderstorms. There were two suspensions of play during the Qualifying round due to lightning in the area. The first suspension caused a 30-minute delay and the second caused a 2-hour delay before the lightning cleared the area for the players to resume.

In Contention: Rylea Marcum and Elle Johnson finished T2 for the Qualifying round with scores of 75, just one stroke back from leader Inez Wanamarta who posted a 74. In the Mid-Amateur Division, Julia Potter-Bob is very close behind posting a 73 which is also just one stroke behind the leader, Mary Jane Hiestand, who posted an even par with 72.

What’s Next: The Rounds of 32 and 8 in the Amateur & Mid-Amateur Championship Flights will be played Tuesday, starting at 8:00 a.m.

More Info: For more information on the 2022 Women’s Southern Amateur & Mid-Amateur click here.


Hartwiger Victorious at 36th Women's Southern Senior Amateur Championship

Gulf Shores, Ala. – Kathy Hartwiger, of Birmingham, Alabama won her first WSGA Senior Amateur Championship on Wednesday at Craft Farms Golf Resort, in the 36th edition of the championship. She played the Cypress Bend course at 3-under-par 213 for 54 holes.

Hartwiger sat tied for second after round one but rounds of two-under 70 and one-under 71 pushed her to a four-shot victory. Hartwiger’s final round was especially impressive, firing the only under-par score in Wednesday’s final round. The 10-time Alabama Women’s Amateur champion started with a pair of bogeys and one birdie on her opening nine. However, her closing nine holes included some of her best golf of the week. Hartwiger rolled in two birdies on holes 11 and 15 for a bogey-free back nine.

Kim Keyer-Scott of Estero, Florida, Marilyn Hardy of Magnolia, Texas and Mina Hardin of Fort Worth, Texas tied as runner ups after finishing at 1-over 217 total for the week.

Championship Division - Super Senior Champion

Beatriz Arenas of Wellington, Florida claimed the title of Super Senior Champion in the Championship Division finishing with a 54-hole total of 14-over par 230. Tied for second were Jewell Malick of Heath, Texas and Taffy Brower of Boynton Beach, Florida, both posting 54-hole scores of 27-over par 243. Both Malick and Brower are past WSGA Super Senior Champions.

Tournament Division

In the Tournament Division, Pam Posey of Bailey, Mississippi posted a 54-hole score of 11-over par 227, a total of five strokes ahead of runner up Maria Malone of Greensboro, North Carolina. In third place, Susan Miller of Loudon, Tennessee finished with a 54-hole score of 21-over par 237.

In the Tournament First Flight Division, Tracie Tolbert of Jackson, Mississippi posted a 54-hole score of 31-over par 247, a one stroke difference between runner-up Sherry Fox of Montgomery, Texas. In third place, Mary Payne of White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia finished with a 54-hole score of 34-over par 250.

Champion of the Tournament Second Division came down to a scorecard tie-break between Paula Moore of Star City, Arkansas and former WSGA president Donna Meyer of Houston, Texas - both posted a 54-hole score of 39-over par 255. With her final-round 18-hole score of 81, it was Moore who claimed the victory. In third place, Diane Dillard of Montgomery, Texas finished with a 54-hole score of 42-over par 258.

In the Tournament Third Flight Division, Kerinda Rutledge of Birmingham, Alabama posted a 54-hole score of 56-over par 272, a two stroke difference between runner-up Karen Jahimiak of Estero, Florida.

Tournament Division - Super Senior Winner

Harriet Cauthen of Orange Beach, Alabama was named the Super Senior Champion in the Tournament Division, finishing with a 54-hole score of 48-over par 264. Runner up, Suzzette Kirchner of Tomball, Texas finished with a 63-over par 279.

The Women’s Southern Golf Association extends its most sincere gratitude to Craft Farms Golf Resort, including its staff and members, for all their hard work in creating such a welcoming atmosphere and memorable championship week. Special thanks are due to General Manager Chad Leonard, Head Golf Professional Ryan Mello, and Superintendent Jason Baumeister and his wonderful grounds crew. The 36th WSGA Senior Amateur Championship would not have been possible without their efforts.

For more information on the 36th WSGA Senior Amateur Championship, click here.

36th Women's Southern Senior Amateur Championship
October 6, 2021
Craft Farms Golf Resort – Cypress Bend
Gulf Shores, Alabama
Final Round Results
Par 72
Championship Yardage: 5,903
Tournament Yardage: 5,366


Hartwiger Leads 36th Women's Southern Senior Amateur Championship after 36 Holes

Gulf Shores, Ala. Kathy Hartwiger is 18 holes away from winning the 36th WSGA Senior Amateur Championship. The Alabama resident fired a tidy 2-under-par 70 in Tuesday’s second round at Craft Farms Golf Resort. Hartwiger started the day two shots back and now leads Texas’s Mina Hardin by two shots headed into Wednesday’s final round.

Play was suspended for a total of 1 hour and 52 minutes in the late afternoon due to lightning in the area during Tuesday’s second round.

Hartwiger, who posted three birdies Tuesday on the par-5 13th hole, is no stranger to success in her home state, having won 10 state amateur titles over three decades. She won her first state amateur title in 1999 and then ran off six consecutive titles from 2002-2007. Hartwiger added three more titles from 2010-12. She won her record 21st state title in July when she captured the Alabama Women’s State Senior Match Play Championship.

Her biggest win came on the national stage when she won the 2002 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship. Hartwiger is one of nine Alabama residents in the field. Through 36 holes of the 36th WSGA Senior Amateur Championship, she sits atop the leaderboard at 2-under 142.

In Contention

Sitting alone in second place is Mina Hardin, one of Texas’s fiercest competitors and longtime supporter of amateur golf in Texas. Hardin, round one co-leader, followed up her 1-under-par 71 with a second-round score of 1-over-par 73. She’s posted an even-par 144 through 36 holes.

Kim Keyer-Scott from Estero, Florida and round-one co-leader, Marilyn Hardy from Magnolia, Texas are one shot behind Hardin and three behind Hartwiger at 1-over-par 145. Keyer-Scott made three birdies and Hardy made two birdies on their way to a 1-over 73 in the second round.

Three players share a piece of fifth place at 4-over 146, including the 2016 Alabama Golf Association Senior Player of the Year, Susan West.

The final round of the 36th WSGA Senior Amateur Championship starts Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. For more information, click here.

36th Women's Southern Senior Amateur Championship
October 5, 2021
Craft Farms Golf Resort – Cypress Bend
Gulf Shores, Alabama
Round 2 Results
Par 72
Championship Yardage: 5,903
Tournament Yardage: 5,366


Two Texans Tied for Lead after Round 1 at 36th WSGA Senior Amateur Championship

Gulf Shores, Ala. The first round of the 36th annual Women’s Golf Association Senior Amateur Championship began Monday at 1:00 p.m. after play was suspended for a total of 5 hours and 30 minutes due to inclement weather and dangerous conditions in the area. The course recovered exceptionally well and stood tall against some of the best senior amateurs hailing from the southern states.

Mina Hardin of Fort Worth, Texas and Marilyn Hardy of Magnolia, Texas share the first-round lead of the 36th Women’s Southern Golf Association Senior Amateur Championship after turning in a phenomenal 1-under-par 71 at Craft Farms Golf Resort’s Cypress Bend course. Hardy and Hardin, the only players to finish under par, hold a one-shot lead over three others heading into Tuesday’s round.

In Contention

A stout field of experienced players are chasing the two Texans including Alabama native Kathy Hartwiger who sits tied for second. Hartwiger put together a strong round of even-par 72 to begin her charge for victory.

Also sitting tied for second are Kim Keyer-Scott of Estero, Florida and Gigi Higgins of Cape Coral, Florida. They will begin Tuesday one shot back of Hardy and Hardin after carding rounds of even-par 72 on the classic links-style course.

Jayne Pardus of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina and Kimbra Benson of Leonardtown, Maryland sit tied sixth after carding rounds of 1-over-par 73.

This is the second Women’s Southern Golf Associations Senior Amateur Championship contested at Craft Farms Golf Resort, having played host to the 33rd annual championship in 2019. Among the eight past champions in the field looking to add their name to the Katharine Graham trophy for an additional time.

Golf Course

A perfect complement to its big sister, Cotton Creek, Cypress Bend has a coastal feel as it traverses a unique system of cord-grass accented lakes which come into play on nearly every hole. The Arnold Palmer-design offers 18 holes of spectacular golf, featuring staggered tee boxes, large undulating greens, sprawling bunkers and year-round lush and green conditions. The first round of the WSGA Senior Championship was played from 5903 yards in the Championship Division and 5366 yards in the Tournament Division.

The second round of the WSGA Senior Amateur Championship starts Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. For more information, click here.

 

36th Women’s Southern Senior Amateur Championship
October 4, 2021
Craft Farms Golf Resort – Cypress Bend
Gulf Shores, Alabama
Round 1 Results
Par 72
Championship Yardage: 5,903
Tournament Yardage: 5,366