2019 WSGA Senior Championship

August 29, 2019

A record number of entries have been received for the 34th Annual WSGA Senior Championship, including those of 6 former senior champions and 2 recent Mid-Amateur winners.

The 112-person field filled within 72 hours and as of this week there were an additional 48 players on the wait list, according to Entry Chair Susan Hall.

This year’s event is to be contested on the Cotton Creek Course at the Arnold Palmer designed Craft Farms Golf Resort in Gulf Shores, Al.  Tournament dates are Nov. 5-7.

“Given the attractive location and the history of this Championship this year’s event filled in record time,” said WSGA Tournament Chair Susan West. “The white beaches of Gulf Shores will offer a great experience and we should have very pleasant weather. The ladies will be in for a treat with some new things that we have planned to ensure everyone has a terrific time.”

Cotton Creek is a challenging layout that puts a premium on keeping the ball in the fairway. The course has a coastal feel with dwarf Bermuda grasses and numerous lakes that meander through the property.

Back to defend her title is 2018 champion Anna Schultz of Texas, a 3-time Senior winner. Schultz also won the event back-to-back in 2006 and 2007. Another 3-time WSGA Senior Champion in the star-studded field is Mina Hardin of Texas, who won the title in 2010, 2011 and 2013.

Perennial contender Taffy Brower of Florida will also be competing in the event. Brower won this championship in both 2004 and 2012 and has won the Super Senior title the past two years. The other 2-time winner playing will be Carolyn Creekmore of Florida, who won the event in 2008 and 2015.

Other former Senior champions in the field are Julie Harrison of Louisiana (2016) and Chris Spivey of Alabama (1999). Also looking to compete for the title are recent  WSGA Mid-Amateur winners Susan West of Alabama and Tanna Richard of Arkansas.

The event gets underway Monday, Nov. 4 with registration and the practice round. This will be followed that evening with the Welcome Party to be hosted in the Palmer Room in the plantation-style clubhouse.

The 54-hole stroke play event will begin Tuesday, Nov. 5 and run through Thursday, Nov. 7 with a shotgun start each day. An Awards Luncheon will be held at the conclusion of play Nov. 7.

“We are excited to host this year’s Championship at Cotton Creek and we are grateful for the team at Craft Farms,” said Chairman West. “We would also like to thank Gulf Shores/Orange Beach Tourism for their support of this event.” Local chairman of the tournament is Sha Carter of Gulf Shores.