U.S. SENIOR WOMEN'S AMATEUR
Three Lead After First Round October 8, 2010 By Rhonda Glenn, USGA

Fort Myers, Fla. – Sheila Haynes, Joan Higgins and Brenda Pictor shot 1-over-par 73 to tie for the lead after the first round of stroke-play qualifying in the USGA Senior Women’s Amateur at the 5,862-yard, par-72 Long Mean Course at Fiddlesticks Country Club.

Haynes, 55, of Madison, Miss., Higgins, 54, of Glendora, Calif., and Pictor, 55, of Marietta, Ga., had a one-stroke lead over defending champion Sherry Herman of Farmingdale, N.J.; Kim Eaton of Greeley, Colo.; Mina Hardin of Fort Worth, Texas; Mary Ann Hayward of Canada; and Claudia Pilot of Austin, Minn.

The Long Mean Course lived up to its name, taking a toll among some of the most seasoned competitors. Four of the top eight players were USGA champions, but none matched par.

Higgins, the 2008 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur champion, said, I didn’t swing great, but I put myself in the right spot and I made the putts.

Pictor made three birdies on sliding, downhill putts ranging from 12-to-25 feet. A ball in the water hazard on the eighth hole cost her a double-bogey, but the 2010 North & South Senior champion said her work on the greens saved her round.

No three-putts was the key to my round, Pictor said. The speed of my putts was fabulous.

Haynes is playing in only her second Senior Women’s Amateur and did a little jig when informed her 73 was tied for the lead. Unlike many players who first pick up a club as toddlers, she didn’t begin to play golf until she was 27.

I am thrilled, Haynes said. I didn’t keep score in my practice rounds but I probably shot 82-83. I knew I could play this golf course. If I missed greens, I got it up and down.

Among the top finishers, other USGA champions included Hayward, the 2005 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur champion, and Pilot, a member of the winning Minnesota team in the 2001 USGA Women’s State Team Championship.

Diane Lang of Jamaica, a three-time Senior Women’s Amateur champion, shot a 75. Four-time champion Carol Semple Thompson of Sewickley, Pa., a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, shot a 78.

Despite her score of 74, Herman, the defender, stumbled in with a double bogey on the 462-yard, par-5 finishing hole. The hole has an island green, but Herman made the 7 without ever getting her ball wet, missing the green and going from bunker to bunker before two-putting for the double bogey.

Stroke-play qualifying in the Senior Women’s Amateur continues on Sunday with the low 64 scorers advancing to match play. The championship concludes with an 18-hole final on Thursday.

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

Results   

Fort Myers, Fla. – Results of the first round of stroke-play qualifying at the 2010 USGA Senior Women’s Amateur at the 5,862-yard, par-72 Long Mean Course at Fiddlesticks Country Club.

Joan Higgins, Glendora, Calif. - 36-37--73

Sheila Haynes, Madison, Miss. - 36-37--73

Brenda Pictor, Marietta, Ga. - 36-37--73

Sherry Herman, Farmingdale, N.J. - 37-37--74

Mary Ann Hayward, Canada - 37-37--74

Claudia Pilot, Austin, Minn. - 34-40--74

Mina Hardin, Ft. Worth, Texas - 37-37--74

Kim Eaton, Greeley, Colo. - 37-37--74

Diane Lang, Jamaica - 38-37--75

Lisa Schlesinger, Laytonsville, Md. - 38-37--75

Denise Desilet, Wichita, Kan. - 38-37--75

Deborah Jamgochian, Greenwich, Conn. - 40-35--75

Ann Lahey, Kentfield, Calif. - 40-36--76

Patty Moore, Charlotte, N.C. - 39-37--76

Leigh Klasse, St Anthony, Minn. - 38-38--76

Mimi Hoffman, Alexandria, Va. - 40-37--77

Carol Sarkissian, Covina, Calif. - 38-39--77

Mary Gale, Worcester, Mass. - 35-42--77

Lisa McGill, Philadelphia, Pa. - 39-38--77

Connie Shorb, York, Pa. - 40-37--77

Deborah Anderson, Rancho Mirage, Calif. - 36-42--78

Nadine Elliott, Bermuda Dunes, Calif. - 37-41--78

Tanna Richard, Fort Smith, Ark. - 37-41--78

Genevieve Robinson, La Quinta, Calif. - 40-38--78

Marlene Summers, Montgomery, Texas - 39-39--78

Carol Semple Thompson, Sewickley, Pa. - 40-38--78

Cindy Gilkeson, Sugarland, Texas - 36-42--78

Anne Carr, Seattle, Wash. - 40-38--78

Sandy Woodruff, Santa Cruz, Calif. - 41-38--79

Diane Bohl, Kissimmee, Fla. - 40-39--79

Susan Rheney, Greensboro, Ga. - 39-40--79

Maureen Whitehead, Charlevoix, Mich. - 40-39--79

Taffy Brower, Boynton Beach, Fla. - 37-42--79

Anna Schultz, Rockwall, Texas - 40-39--79

Lea Anne Brown, Mt Pleasant, S.C. - 41-38--79

Patricia Cornett, Mill Valley, Calif. - 39-40--79

Robyn Puckett, Irvine, Calif. - 37-42--79

Carolyn Creekmore, Dallas, Texas - 41-38--79

Teresa Cleland, Syracuse, N.Y. - 40-39--79

Cheryl Grigg, Sea Island, Ga. - 42-38--80

Peg Brady, Charlotte, N.C. - 43-37--80

Lou Hart, Meridian, Miss. - 40-40--80

Mitsue Lewis, San Diego, Calif. - 41-39--80

Mary Jane Hiestand, Naples, Fla. - 42-38--80

Kerry Rutan, Ambler, Pa. - 39-41--80

Brenda Williams, Minnetrista, Minn. - 41-40--81

Judy Miller, Tucson, Ariz. - 41-40--81

Marsha Butler, San Diego, Calif. - 40-41--81

Georgia Peirce, Boston, Mass. - 41-40--81

Laura Carson, Lake Bluff, Ill. - 41-40--81

Cindy Bryniarski, Sun City West, Ariz. - 42-39--81

Ginny Burkey, Fircrest, Wash. - 40-41--81

Andrea Kraus, Baltimore, Md. - 43-38--81

Joanne Kitusky, Glen Allen, Va. - 41-41--82

Janie Carpenter, Garland, Texas - 42-40--82

Therese Quinn, Jacksonville, Fla. - 42-40--82

Alexandra Frazier, Haverford, Pa. - 42-40--82

Diana Chancellor, St Louis, Mo. - 42-40--82

Cheryll Damphouse, Canada - 43-39--82

Marcia Fisher, Canby, Ore. - 43-39--82

Joanne Catlin, Ashburnham, Mass. - 41-41--82

Ginny Marshall, Canada - 41-42--83

Barbara Byrnes, Mesa, Ariz. - 41-42--83

Laurie Steenrod, Aurora, Colo. - 40-43--83

Annette Gaiotti, Salt Lake City, Utah - 40-43--83

Marianne Towersey, Pebble Beach, Calif. - 41-42--83

Denise Kieffer, University Place, Wash. - 43-40--83

Jeannie Lallensack, Tucson, Ariz. - 38-45--83

Noreen Mohler, Bethlehem, Pa. - 43-41--84

Leilani Norman, Eugene, Ore. - 43-41--84

Nancy Fitzgerald, Carmel, Ind. - 42-42--84

Char McLear, Mchenry, Ill. - 41-43--84

Dana Harrity, N Hampton, N.H. - 41-43--84

Marylou Henderson, Canada - 41-43--84

Karen Ferree, Hilton Head Island, S.C. - 42-42--84

Linda Dillon, Winter Garden, Fla. - 44-40--84

Arline Hoffman, Alexandria, Va. - 42-42--84

Patricia Robinson, Poplar Bluff, Mo. - 46-39--85

Ann Swanson, Seattle, Wash. - 43-42--85

Ivy Steinberg, Canada - 46-39--85

Lindsay Wortham, Richmond, Va. - 43-42--85

Amy Dickison, Rowley, Mass. - 41-44--85

Barbara Berkmeyer, St Louis, Mo. - 44-41--85

Mary Helen McElreath, Augusta, Ga. - 46-39--85

Deborah Hughes, Denver, Colo. - 40-45--85

Nannette Wheelis, Waco, Texas - 41-44--85

Mary Flynn, Eden Prairie, Minn. - 44-41--85

Sisi Hedges, Mulberry, Fla. - 43-43--86

Nancy Kromar, Austin, Texas - 44-42--86

Vicki Thomas, Wales - 46-40--86

Catherine Richey, Winter Park, Fla. - 42-44--86

Marianne Springer, Wellington, Fla. - 46-40--86

Kim Clarke, Newton, N.C. - 43-43--86

Carina Watkins, Baldwinsville, N.Y. - 41-45--86

Claudia Cenko, Beverly Hills, Mich. - 42-44--86

Denise Martorana, Sag Harbor, N.Y. - 44-42--86

Lili McMillan, Orono, Minn. - 42-44--86

Martha Lang, Birmingham, Ala. - 44-42--86

Danna King, Coto De Caza, Calif. - 44-43--87

Mary S Smith, Sheridan, Wyo. - 42-45--87

Sheila Dagucon, Sonoita, Ariz. - 46-41--87

Christie Austin, Cherry Hills Village, Colo. - 45-42--87

Patty Kimball, Scottsdale, Ariz. - 44-43--87

Rita Albertson, Scottsdale, Ariz. - 45-42--87

Linda McMillan, Ormond Beach, Fla. - 42-45--87

Maureen Sheehan, Grayslake, Ill. - 43-45--88

Rebecca Montgelas, Darien, Conn. - 42-46--88

Keiki-Dawn Izumi, Kaneohe, Hawaii - 44-44--88

Patsy Ehret, Stuart, Fla. - 45-44--89

Leslie Wilk, Agoura Hills, Calif. - 47-42--89

Leslie Henry, Dallas, Texas - 44-45--89

Rae Higdon, Boonville, Ind. - 42-47--89

Marie Miyashiro, Tucson, Ariz. - 42-47--89

Bonnie Grizzard, North Palm Bch, Fla. - 38-51--89

Barbara Pagana, Selinsgrove, Pa. - 47-43--90

Dianne Yelovich, Pinehurst, N.C. - 48-42--90

Melanie McCaffery, Huntington Beach, Calif. - 50-41--91

Jo-Ann Lindsay, Edina, Minn. - 46-45--91

Margaret Brady, Washington, D.C. - 47-45--92

Louise Matthews, St Louis, Mo. - 47-45--92

Lindsey Noble, Fort Myers, Fla. - 50-44--94

Sharon Hoffman, Lawrence, N.Y. - 46-48--94

Keiko Kushida, Dundee, Ill. - 48-46--94

Lynn Keefe, Coppell, Texas - 48-46--94

Kathy Malpass, Evergreen, Colo. - 54-40--94

Diane Barber, Burbank, Calif. - 52-43--95

Kibbe Reilly, Providence, R.I. - 50-45--95

Patty Lang, Saegertown, Pa. - 53-44--97

Kathie Stevens, Milton, Mass. - 54-44--98

Judy Collins, Canada - 52-46--98