Another beautiful day on the golf course in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains at the Cliffs Valley Club in Travelers Rest. Hosting a full field of 120 ladies representing 20 different clubs throughout South Carolina in a 2 person best ball match play nassau format, the competition was fierce. Two teams won every point possible except for two in their matches leaving the Championship with a tie for 1st between Ponderosa Country Club and Kiawah Island Golf Resort. Playing on the
Ponderosa team was
Karin Wolfe, Betty Gebert, ML Culver, Marsha Carroll, Maryann Trent, and Kathleen Taylor. Representing the
Kiawah Island Golf Resort team was
Anita Marciniak, Patty Bracken, Eva Glover, Jeanne Ball, Robyn Fisher, and Denise Puciaty. Both teams A players headed back to the par 4 first hole for a sudden death playoff.
The Sudden Death format was a 2 person best ball - low gross wins. Representing Ponderosa was the team of Karin Wolfe/ Betty Gebert and for Kiawah Island Golf Resort was Anita Marciniak and Patty Bracken. All four players striped their drives down the center of the fairway setting up for good approach shots; however, the nerves and adrenaline kicked in on both teams with only Marciniak hitting the green in regulation. Wolfe's second shot had rolled over the green inches from going in the penalty area, but that didn't deter her from hitting a great chip and putt to save par to tie Marciniak and take the playoff to the second hole.
Heading over to the par 5 9th hole, again the ladies crushed it down the middle of the fairway and all continued to hit sold 2nd shots towards the par 5 green. Gebert's approach shot needed to go over the green side bunker to get close but she got creative and played it off the left hill to kick on the green and settle about 25 feet from the pin. Bracken followed it up with a nice high shot to the green leaving herself about 30 feet for birdie. Next up was Marciniak who lofted one over the bunker landing like a butterfly with sore feet about 10 feet from the stick and settling to 15 feet. Wolfe wedged one in a little hot leaving herself around 20 feet above the hole. Bracken putted first with the ball tracking on line but leaving it about 3 feet short, ended up securing a par (5) for her team. Gebert putted with the intent of making it, hitting a firm putt just over the edge but sailing by about 8 feet past and missing the putt coming back. Wolfe nestled her putt up next to hole finishing with a par for their team as well. Marciniak having a free go pass at the hole for the win, left it 6 inches hole high left for the tie and off to the what would be the 3rd and final playoff hole.
The 3rd playoff hole went back to the first hole, once again all four hit it down the middle off the tee ready for their approach shot. Gebert hit first and left the ball about 5 yards short of the green, followed by Bracken who also left it short but hanging on the edge of the left bunker. Marciniak followed her partner towards the bunker but stayed out nestled in the edging rough. Wolfe's approach came in hot and trickled over the green almost to the exact spot she was in during the first sudden death hole. Gebert, still playing aggressive, chipped it past the hole to about 20 feet. Bracken's wedge got a little caught in the rough leaving her chip around 30 feet. Marciniak's ball came out of the rough with some spice and rested past the hole to around 23 feet. Wolfe chipped hers up to about 8 feet from the hole. Bracken rolled her putt up to about 5 feet left of the hole and marked. Marciniak's cruised about 6 feet past the hole along with Gebert's, both Marciniak and Gebert secured double for their team. Wolfe putted it up to about a foot just missing the par and made bogey leaving Bracken to make the 5 footer for the tie. Bracken stroked the ball dead center but it slid a little right taking a power lip and sitting on the edge to give Ponderosa their first Palmetto Cup Championship.