Stasi Defends Mid-Am Title
Ina Kim (pictured below), of Jupiter, began her first FSGA Championship with an impressive three under-par 69 to take the lead after round one. 2015 Women’s Mid-Amateur Champion, Tara Joy-Connelly, lurked close behind with an even par 72. Kim Benedict rounded out the top three heading into the final round with a one over-par score. Three players were tied for fourth after round one at 74 including defending Champion Meghan Stasi.
Excitement took place in round two when Stasi (pictured right), of Oakland Park, came from behind with a three under-par 69 to tie Ina Kim for the lead. Kim posted a second round 74 and sat tied for first with a 143 (-1) total. Stasi played consistently both rounds carding four birdies each day and entered the play-off with confidence. The duo headed to the 18th hole to battle for the crystal. Ina carded an easy par with Stasi had to make a tough four-foot putt to keep the play-off alive. With two pars, Stasi and Kim headed back to the 18th tee box for the last time as Stasi drained a 30-foot putt from above the hole to be crowned back-to-back Champion. Stasi has won every Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship she has competed in and stated that this victory is a “Good jump start to the summer to get the game in check."
Meghan’s next event is the U.S. Women’s Four-Ball followed by a qualifier for the U.S. Women’s Open and an exemption into the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship. Three players, Kim Keyer-Scott, Kimberly Benedict, and Tara Joy-Connelly, tied for third place at 146 (+2).
In the Middle Division, Margaret Ference, of Naples, claimed a wire-to-wire three stroke victory with rounds of 81-78—159. Robin Giordano, of Lake Mary, finished in second place with a 161 total followed by Debbie MookSang and Karen Varner tied for third one stroke behind at 162. Kim Childress, of Orlando, won the Middle First Flight by one stroke with rounds of 85-84—169. The Forward Division was captured by first time FSGA winner Amanda Muscato, of Port Saint Lucie, with a 170 total. The net results saw Karen Varner win with a 140 in the Middle Division, Jenna Butler won the Middle First Flight with a 143 total, and Kathleen Aldridge-Cooper won the Forward Division with a 134 total. View Net Results here.
The Women's Championship schedule is back in action heading to St. Augustine for the prestigious 88th Women's Amateur Championship June 15-18 hosted by World Golf Village and St. Johns Golf and Country Club.