USGA AWARDS
Klasse Earns Medalist Honors October 9, 2010 By Rhonda Glenn, USGA

It was the first time Leigh Klasse earned medalist honors in 33 USGA championships. (Steven Gibbons/USGA)

Fort Myers, Fla. – With a bogey on the last hole, Leigh Klasse, 51, of St. Anthony, Minn., fired a 4-under-par 68 to finish 36 holes at even-par 144 and win medalist honors in stroke-play qualifying for the USGA Senior Women’s Amateur at the 5,862-yard, par-72 Long Mean Course at Fiddlesticks Country Club.

Klasse edged 2005 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur champion Mary Ann Hayward, 50, of Canada, by one stroke. Hayward added a 71 to her opening 74 for a 145 total, one over par.

The 2008 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur champion, Joan Higgins, 54, of Glendora, Calif., and Patty Moore, 60, of Charlotte, N.C., finished at 148, four over par. Defending champion Sherry Herman, 52, of Farmingdale, N.J., qualified at 151, seven over par. Three past Senior Women’s Amateur champions, Anna Schultz, 55, of Rockwall, Texas, Carolyn Creekmore, 58, of Dallas and Diane Lang, 55, of Jamaica finished at 152, eight over par. Carol Semple Thompson, 61, a four-time champion, was at 155, 11 over par.  All easily qualified for match play.

Klasse reeled off five birdies before finishing with a lone bogey for the 68. Her score ties the second-lowest score in the 49-year history of the national championship. Betty Probasco finished one stroke lower in the second round in 1991.

Precise irons gave Klasse short birdie putts early in her round. Starting on the back nine, she birdied the 10th after hitting an 8-iron to within 4 feet of the hole. She birdied the 12th hole on a 6-foot putt. At the 375-yard 16th, Klasse nailed a 5-hybrid club to within 2 feet of the hole and tapped it in for another birdie to go three under par.

A 6-foot putt on the first hole gave Klasse another birdie and she birdied the seventh when she again holed a 6-footer. She was five under par with one hole to play. At the ninth, Klasse hit her 6-iron approach shot some 45 feet to the right of the hole, then took three putts to navigate the slick, downhill surface for a bogey.

Nevertheless, Klasse, who is trying to win her first individual USGA title in 33 tries since 1981, was delighted.

I was trying to get on the greens and two-putt for par and go on, Klasse said. If I made a birdie, it was a bonus, but I was hitting my irons really nicely today.

Hayward added a 1-under-par 71 to her opening 74 on the strength of birdie putts ranging from 4 to 20 feet.

I’ve had trouble with the speed of downhill putts but I finally got the feel for it on the back nine yesterday, Hayward said. I made an adjustment in my putting stance today and got it rolling. Bermuda grass isn’t in my comfort zone. You have to think a little more about the grain.

Hayward’s competition has recently been limited by her job as sport development coordinator for the Golf Association of Ontario. She stepped up her practice to compete in this 50-and-over national championship for the first time.

I’ve had my eye on the Senior Women’s Amateur for two years, Hayward said.

The cut for 64 match-play berths came at 165, 21 over par, with six players playing off for four spots. Cheryl Damphouse of Canada and Barbara Byrnes of Mesa, Ariz., captured two match-play berths with pars on the first playoff hole. Play was suspended by darkness and Kerry Rutan of Ambler, Pa., Char McLear of McHenry, Ill., Judy Miller of Tucson and Alexandria Fraser of Haverford, Pa., will vie for the remaining two spots on Monday morning.

The USGA Senior Women’s Amateur is one of 13 national championships conducted by the United States Golf Association. Ten are strictly for amateurs.

Rhonda Glenn is a Manager of Communications for the USGA. E-mail her with questions and comments at rglenn@usga.org.

Results

Fort Myers, Fla. – Results of stroke-play qualifying in the 49th USGA Senior Women’s Amateur at the 5,862-yard, par 72 Long Mean Course at Fiddlesticks Country Club:

Leigh Klasse, St Anthony, Minn. - 76-68--144

Mary Ann Hayward, Canada - 74-71--145

Joan Higgins, Glendora, Calif. - 73-75--148

Patty Moore, Charlotte, N.C. - 76-72--148

Brenda Pictor, Marietta, Ga. - 73-76--149

Mina Hardin, Ft. Worth, Texas - 74-75--149

Claudia Pilot, Austin, Minn. - 74-76--150

Sherry Herman, Farmingdale, N.J. - 74-77--151

Andrea Kraus, Baltimore, Md. - 81-70--151

Anna Schultz, Rockwall, Texas - 79-73--152

Carolyn Creekmore, Dallas, Texas - 79-73--152

Kim Eaton, Greeley, Colo. - 74-78--152

Diane Lang, Jamaica - 75-78--153

Robyn Puckett, Irvine, Calif. - 79-74--153

Carol Semple Thompson, Sewickley, Pa. - 78-77--155

Mary Gale, Worcester, Mass. - 77-78--155

Lea Anne Brown, Mt Pleasant, S.C. - 79-76--155

Patricia Cornett, Mill Valley, Calif. - 79-76--155

Lisa McGill, Philadelphia, Pa. - 77-78--155

Cheryl Grigg, Sea Island, Ga. - 80-76--156

Peg Brady, Charlotte, N.C. - 80-76--156

Susan Rheney, Greensboro, Ga. - 79-77--156

Cindy Gilkeson, Sugarland, Texas - 78-78--156

Lisa Schlesinger, Laytonsville, Md. - 75-81--156

Denise Desilet, Wichita, Kan. - 75-81--156

Deborah Jamgochian, Greenwich, Conn. - 75-81--156

Nadine Elliott, Bermuda Dunes, Calif. - 78-79--157

Mary Jane Hiestand, Naples, Fla. - 80-77--157

Lou Hart, Meridian, Miss. - 80-78--158

Marlene Summers, Montgomery, Texas - 78-80--158

Ann Lahey, Kentfield, Calif. - 76-82--158

Teresa Cleland, Syracuse, N.Y. - 79-79--158

Connie Shorb, York, Pa. - 77-81--158

Ginny Marshall, Canada - 83-76--159

Diana Chancellor, St Louis, Mo. - 82-77--159

Annette Gaiotti, Salt Lake City, Utah - 83-77--160

Sheila Haynes, Madison, Miss. - 73-87--160

Ginny Burkey, Fircrest, Wash. - 81-79--160

Anne Carr, Seattle, Wash. - 78-82--160

Noreen Mohler, Bethlehem, Pa. - 84-77--161

Diane Bohl, Kissimmee, Fla. - 79-82--161

Mimi Hoffman, Alexandria, Va. - 77-84--161

Maureen Whitehead, Charlevoix, Mich. - 79-82--161

Taffy Brower, Boynton Beach, Fla. - 79-82--161

Therese Quinn, Jacksonville, Fla. - 82-79--161

Cindy Bryniarski, Sun City West, Ariz. - 81-80--161

Joanne Kitusky, Glen Allen, Va. - 82-80--162

Tanna Richard, Fort Smith, Ark. - 78-84--162

Ivy Steinberg, Canada - 85-77--162

Marsha Butler, San Diego, Calif. - 81-81--162

Laura Carson, Lake Bluff, Ill. - 81-81--162

Martha Lang, Birmingham, Ala. - 86-76--162

Deborah Anderson, Rancho Mirage, Calif. - 78-85--163

Nancy Fitzgerald, Carmel, Ind. - 84-79--163

Genevieve Robinson, La Quinta, Calif. - 78-85--163

Carol Sarkissian, Covina, Calif. - 77-86--163

Joanne Catlin, Ashburnham, Mass. - 82-81--163

Mitsue Lewis, San Diego, Calif. - 80-84--164

Marianne Towersey, Pebble Beach, Calif. - 83-81--164

Jeannie Lallensack, Tucson, Ariz. - 83-81--164

Cheryll Damphouse, Canada - 82-83—165 (4)

Barbara Byrnes, Mesa, Ariz. - 83-82—165 (4)

Kerry Rutan, Ambler, Pa. - 80-85—165 (5)

Char McLear, Mchenry, Ill. - 84-81—165 (5)

Judy Miller, Tucson, Ariz. - 81-84—165 (5)

Alexandra Frazier, Haverford, Pa. - 82-83—165 (5)

     

Failed To Qualify

Patricia Robinson, Poplar Bluff, Mo. - 85-81--166

Sandy Woodruff, Santa Cruz, Calif. - 79-87--166

Janie Carpenter, Garland, Texas - 82-84--166

Barbara Berkmeyer, St Louis, Mo. - 85-81--166

Marcia Fisher, Canby, Ore. - 82-84--166

Linda Dillon, Winter Garden, Fla. - 84-82--166

Leilani Norman, Eugene, Ore. - 84-83--167

Catherine Richey, Winter Park, Fla. - 86-81--167

Marianne Springer, Wellington, Fla. - 86-81--167

Georgia Peirce, Boston, Mass. - 81-86--167

Karen Ferree, Hilton Head Island, S.C. - 84-83--167

Kim Clarke, Newton, N.C. - 86-81--167

Laurie Steenrod, Aurora, Colo. - 83-84--167

Nannette Wheelis, Waco, Texas - 85-82--167

Barbara Pagana, Selinsgrove, Pa. - 90-78--168

Brenda Williams, Minnetrista, Minn. - 81-87--168

Lindsay Wortham, Richmond, Va. - 85-83--168

Dianne Yelovich, Pinehurst, N.C. - 90-78--168

Patty Kimball, Scottsdale, Ariz. - 87-81--168

Linda McMillan, Ormond Beach, Fla. - 87-81--168

Claudia Cenko, Beverly Hills, Mich. - 86-82--168

Sisi Hedges, Mulberry, Fla. - 86-83--169

Leslie Henry, Dallas, Texas - 89-80--169

Amy Dickison, Rowley, Mass. - 85-84--169

Dana Harrity, N Hampton, N.H. - 84-85--169

Marylou Henderson, Canada - 84-85--169

Mary Helen McElreath, Augusta, Ga. - 85-84--169

Ann Swanson, Seattle, Wash. - 85-85--170

Nancy Kromar, Austin, Texas - 86-84--170

Margaret Brady, Washington, D.C. - 92-78--170

Denise Kieffer, University Place, Wash. - 83-87--170

Vicki Thomas, Wales - 86-85--171

Christie Austin, Cherry Hills Village, Colo. - 87-84--171

Deborah Hughes, Denver, Colo. - 85-86--171

Lili McMillan, Orono, Minn. - 86-85--171

Danna King, Coto De Caza, Calif. - 87-85--172

Maureen Sheehan, Grayslake, Ill. - 88-84--172

Rita Albertson, Scottsdale, Ariz. - 87-85--172

Leslie Wilk, Agoura Hills, Calif. - 89-84--173

Sheila Dagucon, Sonoita, Ariz. - 87-86--173

Marie Miyashiro, Tucson, Ariz. - 89-84--173

Mary Flynn, Eden Prairie, Minn. - 85-89--174

Lindsey Noble, Fort Myers, Fla. - 94-81--175

Mary S Smith, Sheridan, Wyo. - 87-88--175

Carina Watkins, Baldwinsville, N.Y. - 86-89--175

Melanie McCaffery, Huntington Beach, Calif. - 91-86--177

Rebecca Montgelas, Darien, Conn. - 88-89--177

Arline Hoffman, Alexandria, Va. - 84-93--177

Kathy Malpass, Evergreen, Colo. - 94-83--177

Patsy Ehret, Stuart, Fla. - 89-89--178

Diane Barber, Burbank, Calif. - 95-84--179

Denise Martorana, Sag Harbor, N.Y. - 86-93--179

Patty Lang, Saegertown, Pa. - 97-83--180

Jo-Ann Lindsay, Edina, Minn. - 91-89--180

Sharon Hoffman, Lawrence, N.Y. - 94-86--180

Rae Higdon, Boonville, Ind. - 89-92--181

Keiki-Dawn Izumi, Kaneohe, Hawaii - 88-93--181

Bonnie Grizzard, North Palm Bch, Fla. - 89-93--182

Louise Matthews, St Louis, Mo. - 92-93--185

Lynn Keefe, Coppell, Texas - 94-93--187

Kathie Stevens, Milton, Mass. - 98-90--188

Judy Collins, Canada - 98-93--191

Keiko Kushida, Dundee, Ill. - 94-97--191

Kibbe Reilly, Providence, R.I. - 95-96--191

Laura Risher, Issaquah, Wash. - 99-105--204

     

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