2016 WSGA Senior Championship Winner
Julie Harrison of Baton Rouge, LA captured the 31 st Women’s Southern Senior Championship Wednesday at The Conservatory Course at Hammock Beach in Palm Coast, FL after an awesome 54 holes of golf.
Harrison posted 75 on opening day and followed up with a 2-under 70 on Tuesday to take the lead headed into the final round. She then went out Wednesday and shot a 73 for a 54-hole total of 218—7 shots better than her nearest competitor.
“This is a great win for me and the Louisiana delegation,” said Harrison after the round. “The last big win I had was the Louisiana State Amateur Championship in 2004 so this was huge for me.” Harrison got off to a slow start as she was 3 over after 4 holes which included her first double bogey of the championship. “I then went back to my plan of hitting fairways and greens and made 2 birdies to make the turn at 37,” said the champion. She then birdied #10 to get back to even par for the day.
“Mentally I had to work hard not to get ahead of myself going down the stretch,” said Harrison, a Houston, TX native whose background includes being a swimmer at LSU. Harrison is married to Britt, who is a former All-American golfer at Oklahoma State and a former golf coach at LSU. “I closed out with a birdie on 17 and then bogeyed 18 to finish at 73.”
“I had a great day out there playing with the Florida ladies, including Taffy Brower, Gigi Higgins and Laura Carson,” said Harrison after the round. “The Conservatory is an awesome golf course and we need to give a big thanks to them. But most of all we need to thank President Audrey Songy and the WSGA board for all they do to put this tournament on.”
Runner-up honors went to Therese Quinn of Jacksonville, FL with a three-day total of 225. Third went to Laura Carson at 227 with the Florida duo of Taffy Brower and Gigi Higgins finishing at 229.
Capturing the first flight was Tama Caldabaugh with a 237. Janie Carpenter shot 243 to win the second flight with Maria Malone taking the third flight with a 256. The fourth flight winner was Julia Roth with a 268 and the duo of Suzzette Kirchner and Bonnie Longaker tied for first in the fifth flight with 285.
Next year’s senior championship will be contested at The Homestead in Hot Springs, VA.