Tanna Richard of Fort Smith, AR. claimed the 2017 Women’s Southern Golf Association Mid-Amateur Championship Friday to cap off an outstanding week of play
Richard concluded her run through the bracket with a 4&2 win over runner-up Susan West of Tuscaloosa, AL. Richard began the week as the #3 seed in the 32-player Mid-Amateur bracket with a qualifying score of 78.
The Arkansas golfer began match play with a 4&3 win over Nancy Gavin on Tuesday. She followed that with a 7&6 victory over Linda Jeffery in play on Wednesday. Richard then won two matches on Thursday as she defeated Laura Carson and earned her spot in the finals with a victory over Liz Scaggs.
The Mid-Amateur Champion said following the win that this was her “biggest win ever.” She added the Southern title is her first outside of Arkansas state competitions. She has a long history of playing well in USGA events, including making the semifinals in the U.S. Seniors in 2007, the quarterfinals in the USGA Mid-Amateur and the U.S. Amateur. She was also a finalist in the Western in 1988.
“Susan (West) is a great competitor and we had a back and forth battle in today’s match,” said Richard. After being all square at the turn Richard made a move by winning holes 11, 12, 14, 15 and 16 to close out the match.
Capturing the Championship of the Mid-Amateur Consolation Bracket was Julie Harrison of Baton Rouge, the reigning WSGA Senior Champion. Harrison, 57, defeated 26-year-old Kelly Birch of McKinney, TX 1 up in their match.
Harrison opened play with a loss to Julie Oxendine, which moved her into the consolation bracket. She then reeled off wins over Pam Spikes, Lecia Alexander, Julie Robichaux and Birch to claim the top consolation prize.
Next year’s Mid-Amateur Championship will be played June 15-18 at NorthRiver Yacht Club in Tuscaloosa, AL.