Emily Tubert wins her first national championship.
South Bend, IN (Sports Network) - Emily Tubert defeated Lisa McCloskey, 3 & 2, in Saturday's 36-hole final to win the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship.
Tubert, 18, used an amazing run on the front nine during the first 18 holes to take a commanding lead. She was 2-down after a McCloskey birdie at the fifth, but Tubert won the next seven holes to move 5-up and played those seven holes in five-under par.
McCloskey made up one hole and was 4-down at the break at the Warren Golf Course at Notre Dame. continue>>
Oakmont, PA (Sports Network) - Paula Creamer played the final 23 holes of the U.S. Women's Open at two-under par Sunday, more than enough to earn her first major championship.
Creamer closed with a two-under 69 and was the only player to finish in red figures at Oakmont Country Club as she claimed her ninth LPGA Tour title. She ended at three-under-par 281, four strokes clear of Na Yeon Choi and Suzann Pettersen. continue>>
Greensboro, NC (Sports Network) - Lion Kim defeated David McDaniel, 6 & 5 in Saturday's 36-hole final of the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship at Bryan Park.
There was a nearly seven-hour weather delay, but, at 9:06 p.m. (et), Kim holed the winning putt for his first USGA title.
Kim was 2-up through 12 holes on Saturday when the horn sounded, stopping play. After a second storm rolled through the area, the delay lasted even longer, but just before 5:00 p.m., the championship resumed and Kim pounced. continue>>
Ada, MI (Sports Network) - Jim Liu earned a 4 & 2 victory over Justin Thomas on Saturday to become the youngest winner in the history of the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship.
Liu rallied from an early deficit and never trailed after the seventh hole of their scheduled 36-hole match play final.
The 14-year-old from Smithtown, N.Y., beat Tiger Woods' record to become the youngest winner in championship history.
Woods, who won three straight U.S. Juniors from 1991-93, set the previous mark at 15 years, six months and 28 days when he captured his first championship. Liu doesn't turn 15 until the middle of August. continue>>
Doris Chen won the title after making the stroke-play cut on Tuesday.
Village of Pinehurst, NC (Sports Network) - Doris Chen defeated Katelyn Dambaugh, 3 & 2, on Saturday to win the U.S. Girls' Junior Championship.
Chen, a 17-year-old from Bradenton, Fla., wrapped up the victory when both players birdied the par-three 16th at The Country Club of North Carolina. It was the 34th hole of their scheduled 36-hole match play final.
Riding a wave of momentum that increased throughout the week, Chen won the title after making the stroke-play cut on Tuesday by only a shot. It marked her second consecutive strong showing at the championship following a semifinal loss in 2009. continue>>
Meghan Stasi clinched the match with a par on the last hole.
Wichita, KS (Sports Network) - Meghan Stasi defeated Carol Robertson, 2-up, on Thursday to capture the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur for a record-tying third time.
Stasi, a 32-year-old from Oakland Park, Fla., never trailed in the scheduled 18-hole final at Wichita Country Club. She clinched the match with a par on the last hole, becoming just the third player to win this championship three times.
"To have three is incredible," Stasi said. "The win today ranks up there with all the other wins. It's been an incredible journey." continue>>
Orlando, FL (Sports Network) - Paul Simson defeated stroke-play medalist Pat Tallent, 2 & 1, to win the USGA Senior Amateur Championship on Thursday for his third national title of the year.
Simson never trailed in the 18-hole final at Lake Nona, but he needed to fend off a late rally from Tallent, a familiar opponent, to win the championship.
A four-foot birdie putt at No. 9 gave Simson a 4-up lead around the turn. He protected that advantage for three holes until Tallent knocked his tee shot at the par-three 13th to six feet for a birdie. continue>>
Dates: Saturday, October 9th through Thursday, October 14th Site: Fiddlesticks Country Club (Long Mean Course), Fort Myers, Florida Course Architect: Ron Garl (1982) Par: 72 Yardage: 5,888
Annual: 49th Television: None Schedule of Play: Stroke Play: Saturday and Sunday, October 9-10, (field reduced to the lowest 64 players, who advance to match play). Match Play: Monday, October 11 - First Round, Tuesday, October 12 - Second & Third Rounds, Wednesday, October 13 - Quarters and Semis, Thursday, October 14 - Championship Match Defending Champion: Sherry Herman Runner-Up: Carolyn Creekmore Lowest Medalist Score (36 holes): 135 (Toni Wiesner, 1998) Lowest Medalist Score (18 holes): 67 (Toni Wiesner, 1998; Betty Probasco, 1991)
Phyliss Preuss (221)- Belle Robertson, Anne Sander
Anne Sander (225-72)- Marlene Streit
Anne Sander (224)- Alice Dye
Lois Hodge (228)- Marlene Streit
Anne Sander (228)- Harriet Hart
Constance Guthrie (225)- M. Streit, Barbara Young, Cecile Maclaurin
Marlene Streit (224)- Louise Wilson
Constance Guthrie (227)- Janice Calin
Dorothy Porter (234)- Lois Hodge
Edean Ihlandfeldt (232)- Mary Ann Morrison
Dorothy Parker (238)- Alice Dye
Dorothy Parker (236)- Cecile Maclaurin
Alice Dye (223)- Cecile Maclaurin
Alice Dye (232-76)- Cecile Maclaurin
Dorothy Parker (230)- Alice Dye
Cecile Maclaurin (230)- Carol Bowman
Alberta Bower (234)- Carolyn Cudone
Justine B. Cushing (231)- Carolyn Cudone
Gwen Hibbs (229)- Mrs. I. Wayne Rutter
Carolyn Cudone (231)- Mrs. I. Wayne Rutter
Carolyn Cudone (236)- Ann Gregory
Carolyn Cudone (231)- Paulette Lee
Carolyn Cudone (236-76)- Mrs. Lowell D. Brown
Carolyn Cudone (236)- Loma Smith
Marge Mason (236)- Loma Smith
Maureen Orcutt (242)- Aneila Goldthwaite
Loma Smith (242)- Charlotte Haskell
Loma Smith (247)- Mrs. William Kirkland
Marion Choat (239-81)- Maureen Orcutt
Maureen Orcutt (240)- Glenna Collett Vare
One down after seven holes against Carolyn Creekmore, Sherry Herman exploded to win five of the next seven holes and then closed out her opponent with a par on the 15th to score a 4 & 3 victory last year at The Homestead.
Playing on the Cascade's Course, Herman sank a 5-foot birdie putt on the 10th to take her first lead of the match. Herman won holes 12 through 14 with pars and on the par-3 15th, Herman sank another five footer for par and the win.
Stroke-play medalist Joan Higgins lost in the second round to Herman.
Diane Lang became a three-time champion of this event in 2008, as she defeated Toni Wiesner, 6 & 5 at Tulsa Country Club. Lang never trailed in the match, as she won the opening two holes. Wiesner cut the deficit to 1-down after four, but Lang captured holes six through 10 and then cruised to victory. With the win, Lang became the sixth woman to win the Senior Women's Amateur three or more times. Also a semifinalist in 2007, Lang owns an impressive 24-2 match-play record in her five years of matches at this chamionship. She lost in 2009 in the third round to Creekmore. Wiesner, who was a three-time runner-up at this championship, passed away in July 2009.
In 2007, Anna Schultz won the USGA Senior Women's Amateur Championship in 20 holes over Robyn Puckett. Schultz took a 3-up lead after three holes and had a 4-up lead after the front nine. Starting at the 13th, Puckett won four of the next five holes and squared the match. Both players parred the 18th and 19th holes. Puckett hit her third shot into a water hazard on the 20th hole and Schultz was conceded her par putt for the championship. That year's playoff was the third extra-hole final since the championship went to a match-play format in 1997. Schultz played in her third USGA final, having finished as the runner-up in the 2006 Senior Women's Amateur and the 2000 Women's Mid-Amateur.
In 2006, Diane Lang became the seventh player to win this championship in back-to-back seasons, as she defeated Schultz, 1-up at Sea Island Golf Club.
With the victory, Lang joined Loma Smith, Carolyn Cudone, Alice Dye, Dorothy Porter, Anne Sander and Carol Semple Thompson as the only players to win this historic championship in successive years.
Playing in this Championship for the first time, Diane Lang defeated the grande dame of Women's Amateur golf, Carol Semple Thompson, 1-up in one of the most exciting finishes in the history of this storied event back in 2005.
Contested at historic Apawamis Club in Rye, New York, the 2005 Championship was a see-saw affair, as Lang won the first and fourth holes to take a 2-up advantage over Thompson, who was playing in her record 102nd USGA championship. Thompson then parred the next three holes, as she took a 1-up lead. Her lead increased to 2-up with a birdie on the ninth, but it was short- lived, as she bogeyed the 10th. Thompson remained 1-up through 13, however Lang squared the match with a birdie on the 14th. A birdie on 15 would give Lang a 1-up lead, but Thompson drew even with a birdie on 17. On the final hole, Thompson, playing first, pulled her drive in the deep rough left while Lang found the fairway. Although just 110 yards away, Thompson had virtually no chance of getting the ball close, as her shot finished some 70 feet away in the back of the green. In contrast, Lang from the center of the fairway, struck her wedge to within 12 feet. Thompson would leave her first putt well short and when her par putt missed, Lang was able to two-putt for the win.
The first USGA Senior Women's Amateur championship was played in 1962 at the Manufacturer's Golf and Country Club in Oreland, Pennsylvania. In its 48 years of competition, the championship has had 25 different winners. Eleven golfers have won the title more than once. The event moved to match play in 1997 and became the last of the 10 national amateur championships to adopt a match-play format. Sectional qualifying was first conducted for the 2000 championship.
This event is open to female amateurs who have reached their 50th birthday and who have a USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 18.4. The USGA accepted a record 543 entries for the 2006 championship.
The Senior Women's Amateur Championship Trophy was presented in 1962 by the United States Golf Association and Friends of Senior Golf. Ironically, when Marlene Streit of Canada won the 1985 championship, she declined to take possession of the trophy, fearing a hassle with Canada's custom officials when she returned home. The trophy stayed at USGA headquarters in New Jersey for the year.
This year's USGA Senior Women's Amateur will be the first USGA championship conducted at Fiddlesticks Country Club. The state of Florida will be hosting it's 18th USGA championship. The Senior Women's Amateur has been played twice previously in Florida - in 1963 at the Country Club of Florida in Delray Beach; and in 1970 at Coral Ridge Country Club in Fort Lauderdale.
Last week, the USGA Senior Amateur was held in the Sunshine State at Lake Nona Golf and Country Club in Orlando.
The 2011 championship will be played at The Honors Course in Chattanooga, Tenn., Sept. 10-15.
Buenos Aires, Argentina (Sports Network) - South Korea etched its name into the record book Saturday en route to a huge victory at the Women's World Amateur Team Championship.
The team shot a five-under 139 in the final round and finished at 30-under 546 to establish a new tournament scoring record, obliterating the former mark of 558 set by the United States in 1998.
The South Koreans won by an eye-opening 17 strokes over the U.S., but their margin of victory only tied the second-largest ever in championship history. The '98 American team won by a shocking 21 shots. continue>>