2020 WSGA Senior Championship Round 1 Recap

Hardy, Malone, Holibaugh lead after Round 1 of Women’s Southern Golf Association Senior Championship

Briefly: After the first round of the Women’s Southern Senior Amateur Championship, the leaderboard at Old Waverly Country Club features some of America’s top players.  Sitting solo at the top of the Championship Division is Marilyn Hardy of Magnolia, Texas with a score of 3-over-par 75.  Play was suspended due to darkness with one group remaining in the Tournament Division who will complete their round Wednesday morning.  As of now, in the Tournament Division, Maria Malone of Greensboro North Carolina and Lori Holibaugh of Marrieta, Georgia hold the lead with a score of 10-over-par.


Championship Division:

1)   Marilyn Hardy            Magnolia, TX            75

T2)   Kim Keyer-Scott       Estero, FL                76

T2)   Kelly Nittoli               San Antonio , TX      76

Tournament Division:

T1) Maria Malone       Greensboro, North Carolina   82

T1) Lori Holibaugh      Marrieta, Georgia                   82

T3) Debra Fanning      Cordova, Tennessee               84

T3) Lisa Horsley           Jackson, Mississippi                84

T3) Debbie Magee      Bossier City, Louisiana            84

Round 1 Results | Round 2 Pairings

Golf Course: Old Waverly, founded in 1988 and sitting on 360 acres, is one of the most unique private clubs in the nation. The club, right in the heart of the Mississippi Black Prairie, was created as a result of the vision of the George and Marcia Bryant family, who sought to create a world class destination for hospitality and golf; the club is now well acknowledged by many “Best Of” lists. Old Waverly was crafted and designed by US Open winner, Jerry Pate and designer Bob Cupp; they didn’t skip a beat on this masterpiece.

Weather: Consistent temperature in the low 70s and high 60s throughout the day. Slight variable breeze blowing northeast at about 3mph with a visibility of about 5 miles. A foggy morning gave way to a humid afternoon.

In Contention: Kim Keyer-Scott of Estero Florida and Kelley Nittoli of San Antonio, Texas posted rounds of 4-over-par trailing Hardy, who is only holding onto a one stroke lead heading into the second round. The tight leaderboard means we are in for an exciting finish in the Championship division. With only two shots to make up on the leaders, Debra Fanning, Lisa Horsley and Debbie Magee are all in great position to chase the lead in the Tournament Division.

What’s Next: Round 2 starting times begin at 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Wednesday at beautiful Old Waverly Golf Club.

More Info: For more information on the Women’s Southern Golf Association Senior Championship, click here.

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APRIL 9, 2020

Updated WSGA Statement on COVID-19 (April 9)

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Therese Quinn Wins 2019 Senior Championship

Therese Quinn of Jacksonville, FL added her name to the winners of the Women’s Southern Senior Golf championship  with a 4-shot victory last week in coastal Alabama.

Quinn fired a 54-hole total of 225 with rounds of 75-76-74 en route to the victory. This year’s championship was contested on the Cotton Creek course at Craft Farms Golf Resort in Gulf Shores, Al.

Runner-up honors went to 2018 Mid-Amateur Champion Susan West of Alabama and former three-time Senior Champion Mina Hardin of Texas, who both finished at 229. West won the scorecard playoff for second place. Fourth place in the championship went to 2016 Senior Champion Julie Harrison of Baton Rouge.

Texan Becky Neal won the 1st Flight of the Championship Division with a score of 248, beating former senior champion Chris Spivey of Alabama in a scorecard playoff. Rounding out the hardware winners in this flight were former Southern Amateur and Southern Senior winner Taffy Brower of Florida and Carol Turnage of Texas, both with scores of 251.

Reigning Senior Champion Anna Schultz of Texas captured Medalist Honors this year with a round of 74 on the first day. Texan Jewell Malick was the 2019 Super Senior winner with a 54-hole score of 244.

Pam Posey of Mississippi outlasted Gulf Shores resident Sha Carter to win the Tournament Flight Championship. Posey  shot a three-day total of 237 to defeat the local tournament chairman Carter by two strokes. Third place in the first flight went to Pam Fossett of Louisiana, who beat Pam Spikes of Arkansas in a scorecard playoff. Both players shot a 240, with Fossett firing a 75 on the final day to move up in the standings.

Texan Claudia Willis won the Tournament Division 1st Flight with a score of 256. Second went to Chris Stoute (257) of Louisiana, with Rebecca Huber (257) of Arkansas  next and Cassandra Groh (258)  of Texas fourth.

Rosetta Parks of Arkansas took first in the 2nd flight with a score of 263. She was followed by Lisa Horsley (266) of Mississippi, Debbie Magee (268) of Louisiana and Dianne Dillard (268) of Texas.

Capturing the 3rd Flight top prize with a score of 281 was Kathlyn Smith of Oklahoma. Second in this flight went to Linda Bowser (283) of Texas with Texan Karen Toland (288) third and Mississippi’s Debbie Wolf (288).

Louisiana’s Julia McKey took the top spot in the 4th flight with a score of 282. She was followed by Christie Mahl (286) of Arkansas, Linda Bussey (295) of Mississippi and Karen Friesen (295) of Texas.

One of the highlights of the event was a hole-in-one by former WSGA President Linda Carter of Arkansas on the opening day of the competition. Carter aced #8 on the Cotton Creek course.

“The WSGA would like to say a big thank you to WSGA Chairman Susan West of Tuscaloosa and Local Club Chairman Sha Carter for all their efforts in organizing a great senior championship,” said WSGA President Donna Kay Meyer following the event. “Thanks to all the competitors, board members, volunteers and the Craft Farms staff for hosting an outstanding tournament.”

The next WSGA tournament will be the 2020 Amateur and Mid-Amateur Championships scheduled June 1-5. These events will be held at The Falls of the Palm Beaches in Lake Worth, FL.