The River Course at Alisal
October 7, 2020
Portland resident Lara Tennant (above) picked up a California crown to go with her impressive resume.
Tennant, the winner of the 2018 and 2019 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championships, shot a final-round 4-over 76 Wednesday at the River Course at Alisal to capture the California Senior Women’s Amateur Championship. The former head coach of the women’s golf team at the University of Oregon, Tennant broke away early with a first-round 67 and never looked back. She’d finish with a three-day total of 3-over 219 to defeat runner-up Lynne Cowan of Rocklin by seven shots.
“The golf course was very generous and difficult and we are just so happy to be competing at this point,” Tennant said.
In Monday’s first round, Tennant was the only player to break par. She’d post seven birdies to go against just two bogeys. She’d grab a five-shot lead and never looked back.
“I like to come from behind. So, being ahead, I didn’t feel uncomfortable but I also wasn’t totally comfortable, if that makes sense,” Tennant said. “I just tried to play my own game, and play old man par.”
Tennant won her first U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur crown in 2018 at Orchid Island Golf and Beach Club in Florida. A year later, she’d repeat as champion at Cedar Rapids CC in Iowa, where she defeated Sue Wooster.
Cowan, a three-time winner of the CWAC Senior, had a final round 74 a day after slipping to an 80. Third place went to Jennifer Douglas at 227 after a 76.
In the Super Senior division (ages 65-plus), Pat Cornett of Mill Valley (below) took the title. A former Team USA Curtis Cup captain, Cornett shot 154 after rounds of 79-75.
Wednesday’s final round tee times were delayed 30 minutes due to fog.
October 6, 2020
Lara Tennant already has a pair of USGA titles, having won the 2018 and 2019 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championships.
Now, the Portland resident has a California crown in her sights.
Tennant slipped back to a second-round 76, but still holds a four-shot lead after the second round of this week’s California Senior Women’s Amateur Championship at The Ranch Course at Alisal in Solvang. A day after opening a five-shot lead with a stellar 5-under 67, Tennant slowed a bit down, posting 14 pars and four bogeys with zero birdies for a two-day total of 1-under 143.
The closest player to her is Pasadena’s Kathy Kurota, who shot a second-round 75 and is at 147. Shelly Haywood of Huntington Beach and Evelyn Orley of Cardiff are both six shots behind the leader after rounds of 76 and 74, respectively.
Defending champion Corey Weworski is tied for sixth at 152,
In the Super Senior division (ages 65-plus), Pat Cornett of Mill Valley took the title. A former Team USA Curtis Cup captain, Cornett shot 154 after rounds of 79-75. She’ll still play in the championship because she made the cut there as well.
October 5, 2020
Portland resident Lara Tennant is making noise south of the Oregon border.
On Monday, Tennant took the lead at this week’s California Senior Women’s Amateur Championship, posting a first-round score of 5-under 67 on The Ranch Course at Alisal. Tennant is no stranger to winning big-time events. In both 2018 and 2019, she won the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship.
The only player to break par, Tennant carded seven birdies to go against just two bogeys.
In a tie for second at 72 are Lynne Cowan and Kathy Kurata. Cowan, a three-time winner of the event, posted five birdies, but the Rocklin resident also had five bogeys. Kurata, who hails from Pasadena, posted four birdies, two bogeys and a double-bogey.
Defending champion Corey Weworski is in a tie for seventh after an opening 75. Weworski has won the title three of the last four years.
In the Super Senior division (ages 65-plus), Pat Cornett is the leader at 79. Cornett, a former Team USA Curtis Cup captain, is a three-time winner (2009, 2010 and 2015) of the NCGA Senior Women’s Amateur Championship. Susan Blu and Jill Singleton are tied for second at 88.