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U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Qualifying

Pairings/Results March 26, 2015 They’re not headed back to the U.S. Women’s Open, but Lucy Li of Redwood Shores and Benicia’s Kathleen Scavo will be playing in another USGA championship. And this time, they’ll be doing it together. Playing as a team, Li and Scavo earned a spot in the inaugural U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship on Thursday, carding a medalist-earning 7-under 65 in an 18-hole Sectional qualifier held at par-72 Pasatiempo Golf Club in Santa Cruz. The two proved to be a lethal combo as they’d card seven birdies with no bogeys. The duo’s best stretch came on the back-nine, with five birdies within their first seven holes. Last year, Li and Scavo each earned trips to the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite missing the cut, Li became the darling of the event due to being–at age 11–the youngest player to ever qualify for the championship. While Li still isn’t even a teenager, Scavo, who also missed the cut, is headed to the University of Oregon this fall. Both Li and Scavo are alums of the Junior Tour of Northern California. Finishing tied for second and also advancing to the championship proper were the teams of Ty Akabane-Kailie Vongsaga and Gigi Stoll-Danielle Lee, who both came in with matching scores of 4-under 68. Akabane won the Helen Lengfeld flight at last year’s California Women’s Amateur Championship at the age of 13. The fourth and final spot came down to a playoff between the teams of Lila Barton-Marissa Mar and Suzanne Kim and Yoonhee Kim, who came in tied at 69 after regulation. The Barton-Mar team won the playoff to earn the final berth. Among the teams missing the cut were the team of former U.S. Curtis Cup captain Pat Cornett and Rachel Moreaux (71) and the tandem of Lynne Cowan and Karen Garcia (74). Cowan is a multiple winner of the California Women’s Amateur Championship and won last year’s NCGA Senior Amateur Championship. The inaugural U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship will tee off May 9-13 at Bandon Dunes.        ...

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Northern California Women’s Four-Ball Championship

Information Sheet Pairings and Results November 19, 2015 Gross Champions Dolly Coleman and partner Tina Barker took the gross title, coming in at 150 to eke out a one shot win over the team of Yoshie Masuda and Diana Tan. Playing in the Merlot Flight, Coleman and Barker followed up an opening round 77 with a 73 in Thursday’s final round at par-71 Poppy Hills Golf Course. Coleman and Barker had two birdies to go against four bogeys. In Wednesday’s opener, they also two birdies and four bogeys but also two double-bogeys. Masuda and Tan shot a final round 75.  Chardonnay Flight Net Christine Leisy and Suejane Han fired a 67 to come in at 136 and win the Chardonnay Flight title by four shots over two teams. Playing out of Cinnabar Hills Ladies GC, Leisy and Han penciled in two eagles and five birdies to go against a bogey and two double-bogeys. Finishing tied for second at 140 were the teams of Joey Wolgast and Sharon Curb and Bridget Wilson and Michele Gunner. Wolgast and Curb had a huge turnaround, going from a first round 74 to a 66. Wilson and Gunner shot a final round 71. Merlot Flight Net With Coleman and Barker winning the gross title, that opened the door for Lake Shastina W GC members Connie Huckaba and Vivian French. Huckaba and French took the Merlot Flight net title, posting a final round 63 to come in at 135 and edge the runner-up tandem of Monica Saneholtz and Ann Bassford. Huckaba and French had a great round, posting an eagle and eight birdies to go against just two bogeys. Saneholtz and Bassford, playing out of Villages G&CC, shot a 69 to finish at 136. Finishing in a tie for third at 137 were the tandems of Stacey Baba and Sue Stryker and Michelle Welsh and Missy Arington, who had final rounds of 69 and 70, respectively. Zinfandel Flight Net Alba Rodriguez and Beverley Olson squeaked out the victory, posting a final round 65 to come in at 133 and edge two squads by a stroke. Rodriguez and Olson’s 65 included an eagle and eight birdies to go against four bogeys. Julie Peele and partner Denise Kam came in at 134 after a 67. Also shooting a final round 67 and finishing at 134 was the team of Martha Hagler and Sue Parker.                           Pat Lyle had the shot of the tournament, acing the 2nd hole in the final round.   November 18, 2015 At least after opening day, it appears that determining the winners...

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U.S. Women’s Mid – Amateur Championship

OCtober 1, 2015

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U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship

September 25, 2015

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CWAC State Amateur Championship

Pairings/Results   Match Play Tree August 8, 2015   It was a hectic week for 15-year-old Jessica Luo of San Jose, but it ended perfectly. A junior at Lynbrook High, Luo was again the definition of steady on the course, leading to a 5 and 3 win over San Ramon’s Yoonhee Kim in Saturday’s 18-hole finale of the annual California Women’s Amateur Championship at par-72 Quail Lodge Resort and Golf Club. With the victory, Luo, who was making her CWAC debut, joins an impressive list of former champions including current LPGA Tour members Mina Harigae and Natalie Gulbis and women’s golf legend Juli Inkster. “It’s surreal and amazing,” said Luo, who played her final 31 holes of the championship at 1-under par with just two bogeys. “It’s my first time playing in this event. When I saw the list of champions…it’s just incredible.” Now a member of that club herself, Luo didn’t just deal with the stress of competition all week. Following Monday’s stroke play qualifying round, she drove back home to San Jose, only to find out that her Tuesday Round of 64 tee time was around 7 :15 a.m. Luo and her father got a hotel room for Tuesday night, but each day on, and with each win that moved her further in the brackets, Luo had to find a new hotel room to stay in. Call it one of the other caveats of match play. “There were a lot of hotel rooms and a lot of different beds. It was very hectic,” Luo said. “Thankfully, my mother and brother came down on Friday and brought me some different clothes.” Over her six matches, the only time Luo ever trailed was in the semifinals versus Benicia’s Kathleen Scavo. The deficit only lasted four holes. In the quarterfinals, the No.9 seeded Luo knocked off No.1 seed Alison Lillie of Fullerton, 5 and 3. Against Kim, it was again just making pars that made the big difference. Again, Luo also set the tone early. She’d jump out to a quick 2-up through the first two holes thanks in part to a birdie on the par-5 1st after her stiffing her approach within a few feet of the flagstick. Kim cut the deficit to 1-up after a rare Luo bogey on the par-3 5th, but from there Luo, a member of the Junior Tour of Northern California, never wavered. “I try never to think of results. You never know what’s going to happen. I just take it shot by shot,” Luo said. “It was great playing with Yoonhee. Her and her mom are the best.” Kim, 17, who had her mother...

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U.S. Women’s Open Championship

The championship is being held at Lancaster CC in Pennsylvania.

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CWAC State Junior Championship

Pairings | Stroke Play Results | Championship Match Play Tree | Helen Lengfeld Flight Match Play Tree   July 3, 2015 Down one with just one hole to play, Simar Singh got a reminder from her father, Biri, as she headed to the 18th tee. “Don’t give up,” he said. Moments later, everything did change. With her back against the wall, Singh drained a clutch 20-foot putt for birdie on the 18th, and later won the 19th hole thanks to a perfect 3-wood, to capture the 66th annual California Junior Girls’ State Championship on a sunny Friday at Quail Lodge Resort in Carmel Valley. The No.11 seed, Singh upset No.1 seed and good friend Yealimi Noh of Concord, who was going for her second title in a row. “The best thing is that there are a few girls that are older than me that have won this, and they’re going to big college programs,” Singh said. “Hopefully it’s a stepping stone for me.” Benicia resident Kathleen Scavo, who’s headed to the University of Oregon this fall, won the event in both 2012 and 2013. The Olympic Club member Hannah O’Sullivan, who was runner-up at this year’s U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball and won the title in 2010, has already committed to USC for 2016. Neither Scavo nor O’Sullivan got their victories the way Singh did. Having just the lost 17th hole to fall one behind, things didn’t look too good for Singh on 18 when Noh chipped up to within easy range of making par. Singh, however, upped the ante by sinking her birdie putt, sending the match to extra holes. “Putting is my favorite part of golf. When it’s on, it saves me,” said Singh, a sophomore at Los Altos High. “I wasn’t looking for a birdie on 18. I just thought, take it shot by shot. I had nothing to lose. It was cool when the putt in.” Having already come back from the brink once, Singh repeated the heroics on the 19th hole. Playing the par-5 14th, she’d hit her drive into a fairway bunker. From there, she could only advance her ball another 15 yards. Even then, she was still short of Noh’s drive, which sat in the middle of the fairway. Then she hit one of the best shots of her budding career. From 245 yards out, Singh laced a 3-wood  that fit perfectly between the greenside bunkers. Her ball would stop 18 feet from the pin. “I had that shot all four days. All the other ones I never hit the green,” Singh said. “This time I actually pulled it off. I knew Yealimi was going to go for it.” Noh did go for...

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U.S. Junior Girls Amateur Qualifying

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CWAC State Senior Championship

Player Information Sheet Pairings / Results  Poppy Hills Yardages May 19, 2015 Make it two in a row for Rocklin resident Lynne Cowan. Cowan shot a final round 1-over 73, and held off a challenge from 2010 U.S. Senior Amateur winner Mina Hardin and some winter-like weather in May, to capture the annual California Senior Women’s Amateur Championship on Tuesday at par-72 Poppy Hills Golf Course. With the win, Cowan, who finished with a two-day total of 4-over 148, now has six titles under the CWAC umbrella. Along with defending her 2014 Senior crown, the 52-year-old is also a four-time winner of the California Women’s Amateur Championship. “It’s still special,” said Cowan, a golf equipment sales rep. “Each win means a lot to me.” Early on, things didn’t look too good for the reigning champ. Playing in a cold morning drizzle, and on the tougher Poppy Hills front-nine, she’d open with a 3-over 39 after carding three bogeys. Right there to seize on the opportunity was Hardin. Having started the day three shots behind Cowan after an opening round 78, Hardin shot a front-nine 35 that featured three birdies (including back-to-back on holes No.8 and No.9) and a pair of bogeys. With the birdie on No.9, Hardin took a one shot lead over Cowan. “I was a little concerned after the front-nine. It was enough to make me really pay attention,” Cowan said. “At the same time, I also knew we were going to the back, where there are more birdie chances.” Everything did change on the back-nine, and in a hurry. While Cowan opened with four straight pars, Hardin fell behind by one after bogeys on the 10th and 11th holes. The big difference maker, though, came moments later on the par-4 14th.  There, Hardin got stuck enough in the front greenside bunker that it took her three shots to just get out. She’d end up with a quadruple-bogey on the hole, while Cowan drained a 15-foot birdie putt. “From then on, I just tried to make par,” said Cowan, who added another birdie on the 16th– which played as a par-5 for the championship—for good measure. Despite the snafu at 14, Hardin took second at 155 after a final round 77. Finishing in third place was Windsor’s Stacey Camara, who came in at 156 after her second straight 78. Multiple Chicago District champion and Trans-National winner MaryKay Thanos-Zordani of Palm Desert, who was tied with Cowan for the first round lead, fell back to fifth place after an 85. “It was a very difficult day for me,” said Thanos-Zordani, who suffered three double-bogeys in the finale. “The conditions were...

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U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship

Pairings | Results May 13, 2015 Former Junior Tour of Northern California member Hannah O’Sullivan and partner Robynn Ree of Redondo Beach finally ran into a pair that literally met their match. The No.2 seeds, O’Sullivan, who now lives in Arizona, and Ree fell in Wednesday’s finals of the inaugural U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship, 4 and 3, to champions Mika Liu and Rinko Mitsunaga, both of whom attend IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. Prior to the loss, the 17-year-old O’Sullivan and 18-year-old Ree had been a match play freight train. In their first four matches, the duo lost only six of the 54 holes they played. Among their victories was a 10 and 8 opening Round of 32 win. The big difference in the match against Liu, 16, and the 18-year-old Mitsunaga was a stretch of three par-4 holes on the Pacific Dunes Course at Bandon Dunes—No.6 through No.8. Liu and Mitsunaga birdied each of them, while O’Sullivan and Ree made par, to take a 3-up lead. O’Sullivan and Ree finished the round with six more pars. Their only birdie came on the par-5 12th, but Liu and Mitsunaga one-upped them by making eagle for a 4-up lead. Despite the loss, O’Sullivan and Ree did gain valuable experience. The two will begin playing together at USC in the fall of 2016. Ree is headed to USC after this season, while O’Sullivan still has one year of high school golf left. “Everything happens for a reason,” O’Sullivan told the USGA. “We’ve just got to keep our heads up and take the positives from it – learn from it, bring it into our next events and use it as motivation to do better next time we compete.” In the morning semifinals, O’Sullivan and Ree had advanced with a 3 and 2 win over No.3 seeds Madelein Herr and Brynn Walker. May 12, 2015 Former Junior Tour of Northern California member Hannah O’Sullivan and her partner, Robynn Ree of Redondo Beach, moved on the Wednesday’s semifinals of the first U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship after winning their quarterfinals match on Tuesday, 4 and 3. O’Sullivan, who now lives in Arizona, is a junior at Chandler Hamilton High in Arizona. She has already committed to USC. In the morning Round of 16, O’Sullivan and Ree cruised to a 7 and 5 victory. No.4 seeds Lucy Li of Redwood City and Kathleen Scavo of Benicia, meanwhile, ran into a buzzsaw. Li and Scavo would fall 2 and 1 to the tandem of Mika Liu and Rinko Mitsunaga. Liu, who’s headed to Stanford in the fall, is currently the No.42 ranked female amateur in the...

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San Francisco City Senior, Women’s and Super Senior Championship Qualifying

March 23, 2015 Women’s Qualifying Scores      Senior Qualifying Scores      Super Senior Qualifying Scores The annual San Francisco City Championship continued with qualifying for the women’s, senior and super senior championships at Presidio GC and Lincoln Park GC. In the Women’s Championship, Liu Bibilani and Belinda Hu shared medalist honors with matching scores of 74. Also earning a high seed was 2014 Junior Tour of Northern California Girls’ Player of the Year Sabrina Iqbal, who came in with a 75. Redwood Shores resident Lucy Li, who became the youngest player to ever qualify for the U.S. Women’s Open last year, posted a 77 and is also a Top 10 seed. Over in the Senior Championship, Dale Bouguennec claimed the No.1 seed after shooting a medalist-earning 73. Also moving on to match play were Antioch’s Mark Miller (73) and former champion Jim Williams (80). In the Super Senior Championship, Herb Jensen grabbed the No.1 seed after shooting a medalist-earning 70. Jensen won last year’s NCGA Super Senior Championship. Other Super Seniors moving on to match play included Ron Johnson and Bob Olds, who each came in with identical scores of 75. Play in each of the divisions, including the championship, will continue this weekend with the first rounds of match play. The semi-finals and finals will be held the weekend of April 11-12 at TPC Harding...

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U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship Qualifying

Player Information Pairings/Results Yardages September 14, 2015 Cameron Park resident Kelly Wilson and three others are headed to this year’s U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship after advancing through a qualifier held Monday at par-73 Castlewood Country Club in Pleasanton. Wilson was medalist posting a 1-over 74 that featured an opening eagle on the par-5 1st, a birdie, two bogeys and a double-bogey. Finishing in second at 75 was Rocklin’s Lynne Cowan. Cowan also recently qualified for the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur. The two other players earning automatic spots were Joy Robinson of Pebble Beach (77) and Melissa Spencer of San Jose (79). Spencer defeated Canada’s Judy Dotten in a playoff to earn the last spot Dotten is the first alternate, while Jessica Hazlett of Palo Alto is the second alternate after posting an 82. This year’s U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship will be held Oct. 3-8 at Squire Creek CC in...

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