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.