Schlesinger wins Senior Championship

Maryland’s Lisa Schlesinger overcame a two-shot deficit Thursday as she shot a 71 en route to winning the 2017 Women’s Southern Golf Association Senior Championship. Former two-time champion Carolyn Creekmore of Texas, who led heading into the final round, shot a 74 to finish runner-up.

Schlesinger’s three-day total of 224 featured rounds of 78-75-71. Creekmore posted a 225 as she shot 77-74-74. Third place went to Camm Dougherty at 228 with former two-time champ Patty Moore finishing fourth at 230.

This year’s Senior Championship was hosted at the famed Homestead in Hot Springs, VA. on The Cascades Course.

Sheila Haynes of The Reunion in Madison, MS won the Championship Division 1st Flight as she finished with an outstanding score of 74 on the final day. Haynes three-day total of 235 was three shots better than flight runner-up Kim Briele with a 238. Third in this flight was Lecia Alexander at 242 with Shelley Savage fourth at 243.

Top honors in the 2nd Flight went to Becky Neal with a score of 245. Second place went to Cindy Gilkeson at 253, third was Meghan Christensen at 255 and Fran Hensley fourth at 256.

Jo Ann Sluder came from behind to win the 3rd flight with a 245 with Dianne Yelovich second at 246, Kim Clark third at 255 with Colleen Robertson fourth at 257.

In the 4th Flight Liza Robinson claimed the top spot with a total of 269 with Suzzette Kirchner second, Susan Stevens third and Katherine DeVore fourth.

Brenda McJunkin held on to her lead the final day to capture the top spot in the 5th Flight with a total of 289. Second went to Lyn Jones with Delores Hammer third and Carol Gouty fourth.

The 2018 WSGA Senior Championship will be contested next year in October at The Reunion in Madison, Mississippi. The next WSGA event will be the Amateur and Mid-Amateur Championships which will be held June 4-8, 2018 at NorthRiver Yacht Club in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Championship Flight

Lisa Schlesinger

Carolyn Creekmore

Camm Dougherty

1st Flight

Sheila Haynes

Lecia Alexander

Kim Briele

2nd Flight

Becky Neal

Cindy Gilkeson

Megan Christensen

Fran Hansley

3rd Flight

Jo Ann Sluder

Dianne Yelovich

4th Flight

Liz Robinson

Suzettette Kirchnera

Katherine DeVore

5th Flight

Brenda McJunkin

Lyn Jones

Delores Hammer

Carol Gounty

Don Ryder, PGA Pro at Cascades