Announcing the 2016 Senior Championship Site
The Conservatory Course of Hammock Beach Resort

October 23-26, 2016 is the date to mark on your calendar for the 31st WSGA Senior Championship. The place is Palm Coast, Florida and the Course the Tom Watson master piece:  The Conservatory Course.  Take a preview by visiting the course hole-by hole on-line at: Pictured is the par three #8; the signature hole an island green.

WSGA 2015 Senior Championship is Now Complete

Hot Springs Country Club
Arlington Course
Hot Springs, Arkansas
October 20-22, 2015
Practice round October 19th

Exciting results and releases posted below.  Click here to see the Senior Championship page for special action shots.

Tournament Information

Creekmore Recaptures the Senior Crown

Final Press Release

WSGA Senior Championship
The Arlington Course
Hot Springs Country Club
Hot Springs, Arkansas
Oct. 20-22.

54 holes of stroke play
36 hole qualifier for flights.
Field 112
Yardage; 5241
70.6/ 124

A Repeat Seven Years in the Making

Carolyn Creekmore of Dallas, TX was all smiles as she held the same pose with the Katherine Graham Senior Championship Trophy as she did in 2008. Creekmore faced the same difficult elevations changes seven years ago on the slopes of Lexington Country Club of Lexington, VA. “There is something about me and difficult hilly courses;” she said as she compared the two course after her second round. It was indeed that 70 written in red that launched her beyond reach of a very strong field.

Day three brought valiant charges from the field with all knowing that Creekmore could not post another subpar round with predicted winds. But, any respectable score from Creekmore would retain her lead. The Crown came with a 76; two better than her first round. Carolyn Creekmore who grew up in the State of Arkansas was totally thrilled to finally win a tournament in the state she still calls home.

The real race became a race for Runner-Up. While, Tanna Richard posted the Eagle of the 3rd round hoping it could stall the three “young guns” of the tournament: Gigi Higgins, Janet Miller and Susan West. But Janet Miller and Susan West playing in the same group were attacking the course like professionals feeding off each other. Miller of Catoosa, Oklahoma, leader of the first round, was determined not to stumble in this final round. Her 75-82-73 separated her from West and Richard by a mere stroke. Susan West from Tuscaloosa Alabama posted the low round of the day with an even par round of 72.

Excitement not only reigned in the Championship Flight but all six other flights as scores of flight winners proclaimed improvement each day. Lin Culver of Palm Coast, FL winner of the 2nd flight managed to improve her first round by an incredible 11 stokes. Culver also received a pin to record her tournament hole-in-one on the #17 par three from President Linda Carter.

The greatest improvement goes to a player from the (often ignored) last flight. This flight is full of club players, older seniors and those who love to travel in packs to play golf. They enter early to guarantee a spot in the 56 entries accepted by date of entry. Martha Lawhorne of Keithville, Louisiana improved her first round/second round score by 12 strokes to travel back to Louisiana with a silver bowl bigger than she.

Please don’t forget to check the Senior Championship section of the website to view all the flight winners and some select pictures.

Next year there will be flat lies and a sea breezes at the Hammock Beach Resort’s Conservatory Course in Palm Coast, FL. The date for the tournament is Oct. 23-26, 2016.

Press Release: Round 2 Results

WSGA Senior Championship
Oct. 21, 2015
Round 2 Press Release

Red Numbers Propel a Past Champion to a 7 Shot Lead

Not expecting sub par scoring for a senior event on the Arlington Course with its challenging elevation changes, undulating greens, penal bunkers, and narrow fairways, red numbers had not been set out by the scoring committee. A scoreboard supply box had to be rummaged to find red numbers. The wrong size font was hastily found and put up until the proper size could be uncovered.


It was Carolyn Creekmore of Dallas, TX, the 2008 WSGA Senior Champion, that had the crowd gathered around the scoreboard awaiting the delivery of red numbers. Creekmore birdies on 4, 9, 11, 12, 14 were aided by a chat with her golf instructor whom she called after round 1 describing a problem that she felt in her swing. A phone fix resulted in a round Carolyn Creekmore described as “ the best round in a very long time”. Creekmore, who missed the 2014 Senior recovering from shoulder surgery, was all smiles knowing her hard work of recovery had paid off in a great score on a great course.

Three players with pedigrees of southern golf are tied at 155 for second. Arkansas’ favorite women’s senior golfer Tanna Richard of Fort Smith, Taffy Brower the two time WSGA Senior Champion from Boynton, FL and the reigning WSGA Mid-Amateur Champion Gigi Higgins of Cape Coral, Fl, all have the odds against them closing that 7 stroke gap.
But, scores today proved that one good round will drastically change the landscape of a tournament.

If Creekmore refuses to cool the swing of precision she found today, the real action in the final maybe a race for the title of Runner-Up.
The three at 155 have the new senior talent out of Oklahoma, Janet Miller and the two-time WSGA Senior Champion Anna Schultz of Texas just 2 back; both are very capable of making a dramatic charge.

The story line will be revealed as the sun begins its fall into the Quachita Mountain Range. The 30th WSGA Senior Champion will be crowned and her name will be recorded in the WSGA Senior record book forever.

Action starts at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start for the entire field. The public is invited to follow the final round of the 2015 WSGA Senior Championship.

Press Release: Round 1 Results

Karen Koerner
WSGA Publicity
Oct. 20, 2015

Oklahoma’s Janet Miller of Catoosa Sneaks under the Radar to Lead the Senior Championship at Hot Springs Country Club.


With four former WSGA Champions in the field, the Inaugural WSGA Mid- Amateur Champion, a large group of USGA Women’s Senior Championship Qualifiers and a wagon train of talent from Texas, Oklahoma was not on the player watch grid. Now, there is a big scramble to identify, Janet Miller of Catoosa, Oklahoma as she leads with a three over 75. Who is this youthful and powerful golfer that took advantage of the dry fairways and drove the ball out of the spotters visual range? With an interrogation of Oklahoma’s WSGA Director Susan Hall, the story was revealed. Miller is the 2015 Oklahoma Senior Women’s Champion and also the 2015 Oklahoma Women’s Mid-Amateur. On top of that it seems her powerful swing played for OSU almost three decades ago.

Just one stroke back is a player always on the player watch, Taffy Brower of Boynton Beach, Fl. Taffy Brower has been flagged as contender for both the Senior and Super Senior Title. Brower’s golf game seems to never age as she won the WSGA Senior in 2004, then repeated eight year later in 2012. She also won the WSGA Amateur in 2004. And, you cannot leave out the fact that she has Florida States Golf Hall of Fame to her additional credit.

Just three strokes back of Miller are two players with outstanding WSGA credentials. Gigi Higgins of Cape Coral is the reigning WSGA Mid-Amateur Champion and Carolyn Creekmore is a former WSGA Senior Champion (2008) the 2004 USGA Women’s Senior Champion and an inductee into both the Arkansas and Texas Golf Hall of Fame.

Lucie King of Tuscaloosa, AL and Janie Carpenter of Garland, TX are two other players that have flown under the player watch radar just 4 back of the leader. Tanna Richard of Arkansas Golf Hall of Fame also shot a 79; but, Richard was properly flagged as a player to watch.

The Defending Champion Kelley Nittoli of San Antonio, TX as well as Runner –up Marlene Summers of Montgomery, TX have catching up to do with six and five stroke deficits. Since this is a 54-hole event tomorrows scores will be very important for positioning for the final press for the crown. All must not lose ground, be patient and hope for a string of putts to fall.

The excitement will be around the scoreboard in the late afternoon as the top players finish their rounds. All players will have eyes on the scoring as the flights for the final round will be determined by this 36-hole total score.

Make plans to gathering around the scoreboard as sun begins to sets on the Arlington Course.


WSGA Publicity Press Release

Oct. 20, 2015
WSGA Senior Championship
The Arlington Course
Hot Springs Country Club
Hot Springs, Arkansas
Oct. 20-22, 2015
54 holes of stroke play
36 hole qualifier for flights.
Field 112
Yardage: 5241
73.6/ 127


Action starts today, Oct. 19th, as the first round of the WSGA Senior begins on the scenic hills of the Arlington Course at Hot Springs Country Club. Please visit the Senior Championship Section found above by clicking on the black strip with the senior label. Here you will find highlights of the welcome party as well as action shots taken as players practiced navigating a course carved out of the foothills of the ancient Ouachita Mountain range.

The final yardage has been set at 5241 making the Senior Championship comparable to most ladies country club tees. However there were tales of that being “ the longest 5200 yards” from players from the plain states. In actuality, all confessed it was the greens that added strokes to their practice not the climb uphill which they could adjust with the mental gymnastics of club selecting. One solid piece of information spread like a wildfire among players as they shared in the sisterhood of golf was: DO NOT BE ABOVE THE PIN.

This is a 54 hole event; so there is still time for the nuances of the Arlington Course to be conquered by this amazing field of southern talented senior golfers.

Announcing the 2016 Amateur Championship
101st Amateur Championship and 2nd Mid-Amateur Championship

Location and Date To Be Announced