WSGA Southern Players to Watch

Play is set to get underway Tuesday, October 16 in the 33rd Women’s Southern Senior Championship. The 54-hole stroke play event is being contested at Reunion Golf and Country Club in Madison, MS.

Although defending champion Lisa Schlesinger won’t be defending her title there are a number of outstanding players looking to win this year’s event.

Following are some of the Players to Watch next week:

Susan West

Reigning WSGA Mid-Amateur Champion Susan West of Tuscaloosa has had an outstanding 2018 and will be looking to cap it off by adding a Senior Championship to her resume. West’s summer got off to a hot start as she bested an outstanding field in June at her home course, NorthRiver Yacht Club, to claim the Southern Mid-Amateur.

West competed in the USGA Senior Championship this past week in Florida where she advanced to the match play portion of the event. She had a tough draw in the Round of 64 falling to Sue Wooster of Australia in 19 holes. Wooster ended up making it to the championship finals before losing to Champion Lara Tennant.

West also claimed a T4 finish in August at the 61st North and South Senior Championship at the famed Pinehurst Resort.

Also on West’s resume this summer was a spot in the inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open Championship at historic Chicago Golf Club.

Sheila Haynes

Host club chairman Sheila Haynes of Reunion is also expected to make a strong run at this year’s title at her home course. Haynes, who sports a 2.6 handicap index, is a former Mississippi State Amateur and State Senior Champion. She is also a 7-time Mississippi Four-Ball Champion.

Tanna Richard

Also among the Players to Watch is 2017 WSGA Mid-Amateur Champion Tanna Richard of Ft. Smith, Arkansas. A 2006 Arkansas Hall of Fame inductee, Richard has a long history of playing well in USGA events. This includes making the semifinals of the U.S. Seniors in 2007. Richard was also a finalist in the Western in 1988.

Richard has won number Arkansas Women’s Golf championships down through the years beginning in 1973-74 when she was Arkansas Junior Champion.