The weather was perfect and the golf course beautiful, with temperatures in the high 70's and low 80's for both rounds of the 2018 WSCGA Senior Women's Championship. The course was firm and fast for round 1 of the championship making the course scoreable and open to lots of birdies. One player that took advantage of the conditions was Pickens Country Club's Pam Prescott who carded 5 birdies in round one to post a two over 74. Sitting in second, just two shots back from Prescott, after the first round was Terrie Allemang from Sea Pines Country Club. Allemang had 5 bogies and one birdie to post a four over 76. Louise Givens, from Country Club of Lexington, jumped up to third place after posting 2 birdies and her fourth career hole-in-one on the front nine for a first round total 77.
After a small over night rain, the course softened up and its defenses raised causing scores to slightly rise. That didn't keep defending champion Lea Anne Brown, Bulls Bay Club, and past champion Karen Ferree, Long Cove Club, to come back and tie shooting the 2nd round low score for the day 76. Despite their efforts to make a run at the title Prescott was able to hold them firing an 80 for a two day total of 154 to win the championship by one stroke over Ferree. Leaving Allemang, Coulter, and Brown to finish one, two, three in the First Flight of the Championship Division.
The Second Flight of the Championship Division was won by Cecelia Barksdale Purvis, Pine Lakes Country Club, who was the only player to post a round in the 70's in the second flight. Shooting 78-87=165 to take the title by 4 shots over Members Club at Woodcreek's Jeannie Atkinson. Rounding out the top three in this flight was Hall Bickmann from Greenville Country Club.
Winner of the Third Flight in the Championship Division was Spring Valley Country Club member Karen Harwood. Edging out the title over Linda Morris from Three Pines Country Club by 3 shots. The Carolina Country Club member Brenda Neathery captured third place in this flight.
The Legends Division of the Senior Championship was available for those ladies that are 65 or over. Filled with players that have a high competitive spirit and years of tournament experience resulted in some great golf. The 2018 Legends Division Senior Champion is Karin Wolfe a member at Ponderosa Country Club. Wolfe was only one of three players in the championship that posted two rounds in the 70's and the only player in the Legends Division to accomplish that feat. Posting a three over 75 for the final round for a two day total of 77-75=152 to secure the Legends Division Championship. Finishing tied for first in the First Flight of the Legends Division was Betty Jean Armbruster, playing on her home course The Carolina Country Club, and defending champion Nancy Dodge from Mid-Carolina Club who both posted a two day total of 161. Armbruster edged out Dodge in a scorecard playoff posting a back nine of 41 over Dodge's 42. Finishing third in the First Flight was Jackie Bennett from the Kiawah Island Club.
Posting back to back birdies on the front nine today to card a 77 and capture the Second Flight Championship in the Legends Division was Charlotte Stewart from Furman University Golf Coarse. Stewart was the only player in the second flight to post a score in the 70's for a two day total of 83-77=160. Coming in second with a total of 175 was Yoshiko Mizuno from Greenville Country Club and Chris Shadoan from Pebble Creek Club coming in third.
The winner of the Third Flight in the Legends Division was Judy Wright from Country Club of Spartanburg. Wright played consistent both days posting a 89-91=180 to win the third flight by 9 shots over Pebble Creek Club member Linda Morris. Finishing third in the third flight was Mary Jones from Fox Run Country Club with a total of 195.
There was a lot of great shots being hit and good golf being played; unfortunately, not all can win but all can have a good time. Some other great shots that happened this week:
Anne Washington (Dunes Golf & Beach Club) hit it to 6 feet on the 18th hole from around 70 yards.
Christine Ring (Cherokee Valley Golf Club) stuck it to 3 feet for birdie on the 13th hole and made the putt
Connie Lyle (Mid-Carolina Club) rattled the pin on a chip on the 9th hole that ended up sitting on the edge
Louise Givens (Country Club of Lexington) almost had two holes-in-ones in the first round sticking it to 6 inch on the 3rd hole as well.
Devvy Walker (Summerville Country Club) hit two bunker shots on back to back holes to within 5 feet
These are just a few great shots hit this week, there isn't enough room to list them all. Another championship completed and in the books, so until next years WSCGA Senior Women's Championship hosted at Caledonia Golf & Fish Club May 21 & 22, 2019. Have fun and enjoy today.