June 13, 2021
Cameron Park CC member Kelly Wilson took a timeout from her mom duties and ended up securing a historic victory.
Wilson, 47 and the mother of two boys (Drake, age 8 and Chase, age 18 months), made birdie on the par-5 18th hole to come in with a final round 75 to win the inaugural NCGA Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship by a stroke over Kendra Bishop on Sunday at Poppy Hills. The victory also marked Wilson’s first NCGA title.
“I’m honestly really proud. To win this tournament against this awesome group of women,” said Wilson, who finished the 36-hole event with a score of 7-over 151. “The other players, they’re very well accomplished moms and other professions. They play such great golf even with all of their other life responsibilities.”
Having started the day a shot behind Bishop and Lauren Dobashi, Wilson got off to a sluggish start, making double-bogey on No.1 and bogey on No.2. From there though, she played the rest of the front nine at 1-under thanks to a birdie on the par-5 9th. After making the turn, she posted two more bogeys at 10 and 12, but bounced back with a birdie on the 13th. A day after opening with a 75, Bishop just couldn’t get going. The EClub East Bay member finished with a 77 that included a closing par on the 18th. Had Bishop made birdie on 18, a playoff would’ve ensued.
Dobashi, the director of Men’s and Women’s golf at Stanford, and Marissa Mar, a Cardinal alum, finished tied for third at 154 after final rounds of 79 and 78, respectively. Mar won a card-off for third place (lower final round).
Wilson, who resides in El Dorado Hills, only picked up golf at the age of 30. She previously had been a professional tennis player. As for how she still manages to squeeze in golf to her busy life, Wilson pointed to her family.
“It’s a lot of planning, and I have a really supportive husband,” Wilson said. “Plus, Drake my 8-year-old loves golf. He always wants to go practice. So he gets me out there.”
Wilson, like all of the players, expressed her gratitude for the new event. “We’re so appreciative to have an NCGA Women’s Mid-Amateur. It was so much fun.”
Poppy Hills played as a par-72 for the women, with the normally par-4 16th playing as a par-5.
June 12, 2021
EClub Sacramento member Lauren Dobashi got the inaugural NCGA Women’s Mid-Amateur underway by hitting the first tee shot. She’d finish the round in a great spot as well.
Dobashi shot a 3-over 75 to claim a share of the lead with EClub East Bay member Kendra Bishop as the championship’s first round was held Saturday at par-72 Poppy Hills. Dobashi posted two birdies to offset five bogeys. Bishop, meanwhile, carded four birdies to offset five birdies. Bishop had a wild front nine, posting not a single par. She’d still card a 1-over 37.
The Olympic Club member Marissa Mar and Kelly Wilson of Cameron Park CC are tied for third after opening with matching scores of 76. NCGA Hall of Famer Sally Voss Krueger is alone in fifth after an opening 78.
The par is 72 due to the 16th hole playing as a par-5. Sunday’s final round will also be held at Poppy Hills.
The NCGA Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship was created in 2021 as a partner of the annual NCGA Mid-Amateur Championship. The event is open to all NCGA female members who have reached their 25th birthday on or before June 12, 2021 and have a numeric handicap index listed on their club’s master report of 14.4 or less on the date of registration. The championship proper will be 36 holes stroke play (18 holes per day).