Miller & Greenlief Go Low to Win
The Wanderers Club, one of the finest clubs in Palm Beach County, hosted the historic 71st Women’s International Four-Ball for the sixth consecutive year! The ladies played on pristine course conditions resulting in red numbers at the top of the leaderboard.
In the Championship Division, defending Champion Katie Miller and partner Lauren Greenlief posted the tournament low score in round two to capture the win by five strokes. After round one, Tara Joy-Connelly and partner Ina Kim took the early lead by one stroke with a three under-par 69. Joy-Connelly, of North Palm Beach, was fighting for a win after finishing in second place last year. One stroke behind heading into the final round was the team of Lisa Schlesinger and Andrea Kraus. Three teams tied for third place in red numbers with a round one 71 including Katie Miller/Lauren Greenlief, Sarah Matin/Kim Keyer-Scott, and Alexandra Frazier/Marie Arnoux.
Miller, of Jeannette, PA, and Greenlief, of Ashburn, VA, started round two with a vengeance. Three birdies on the front nine confidently carried the duo into the final nine holes. Miller birdied holes 11, 13, and 14 while Greenlief birdied 12 and 17 to finish eight under-par 64. A strong finish sealed the victory at nine under-par 135, five strokes over the second place team of Tara Joy-Connelly and Ina Kim. Joy-Connelly and Kim, of Jupiter, posted a second round 71 with three birdies and two bogies to finish with a four under-par total of 140. Sarah Matin, 2015 International Four-Ball Champion, rounded out the top three with partner Kim Keyer-Scott at 141 (-3).
The Middle Division saw the team of Sandie St. Onge, of Stuart, and Kathi Lundstrom, of Sewalls Point, break through to finish in first. After round one, three teams tied for first with a one over-par 73 including St. Onge/Lundstrom, Karen Hale/AnnFulginiti, and Sis Hedges/Debbie MookSang. A second round 74 sealed a two stroke win for St. Onge and Lundstrom. Karen Hale and partner Ann Fulginiti took second place at 149 (+5).
Partners Diane Carter and Mary Bruno went wire-to-wire to win first place in the Middle First Flight. The duo posted scores of 75-78 to win by three strokes with a 153 total. Second place was won by the team of Wendy Bingham and Tinker Sanger with two consistent rounds of 78 for a 156 total. In the Net division, at 12 under-par, the team from Wellington, Debbie O’Brien and Hanneke Vandenboomen finished in first place. Three strokes back, in second place finished Sarah Cohn and Kathy Baker at nine under-par 135.
Forty-eight teams represented by 11 states and Canada made up the 2018 Women’s International Four-Ball field. This historic event, first conducted by the Jaycees of Hollywood, Florida, has comprised the names of golf’s finest—Babe Zaharias, Louise Suggs, Peggy Kirk-Bell, Marlene Streit and others. Katie Miller can be added to the list of esteemed names for the third consecutive time with partner Lauren Greenlief being added for her first time.