Keyer-Scott Wins First State Title
Kim Keyer-Scott found herself on top of the leader board for the second Championship in a row after an impressive two under-par 70 to take the lead by four strokes. Keyer-Scott started off strong with a birdie on her first hole, then continued on to bogey her second but quickly bounced back with birdies on holes four and five, making the turn at one-under with one final bogey. Starting off the back nine even stronger, Kim carded an eagle at the tenth and continued on steady with seven straight pars and a bogey finish to miss firing a 69. Mary Jane Hiestand, 2017 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur Runner-Up and Senior Player of the Year, lurked close behind at two over-par, 74. Sarah Matin and Lin Culver were tied for third going into Sunday, following closely behind Hiestand and five strokes off the lead at three over-par, 75.
There must be something in the water in Bonita Springs. Just weeks after holding the over night lead in the Women's Senior Amateur, Keyer-Scott had set herself up for another successful weekend at the Mid-Amateur. Sunday's final round started similar to her first, with a birdie on the first hole, a bogey on the second and a 35 to make the turn. The back nine proved to be a bit more challenging as Keyer-Scott carded two bogies and seven pars to finish with a solid 73. Kim posted two consistent rounds, finishing the weekend one under-par, 70-73--143, to win her first FSGA Championship by seven strokes. Ina Kim came back on Sunday to post even par 72 and finish in solo second with a two day total of 150. Mary Jane Hiestand concluded the weekend in solo third, and nine strokes off the lead, at 152. Defending Champion, Meghan Stasi, finished in fourth after a rough first round of 80, closing out the weekend at nine over-par, 153.
In the Middle Division, Kim Childress, of Orlando, claimed a two stroke victory with rounds of 80-82—162. Elise Gordon, of Lantana, finished in second place with a 164 total. Kerstin Koenig, of Naples, won the Middle First Flight by one stroke with rounds of 90-83—173.
The Forward Division concluded in a tie between Gilda Perez and Cindy Kinjo-Hardart, both from Orlando, with totals of 173. Tamara Boardwine and Sharon Sheline won the Forward First Flight with two day totals of 191. The net results saw Melissa Gotfredson win with a 146 in the Middle Division, Sallyna Lipae won the Middle First Flight with a 144 total, Tiffany Benedetto won the Forward Division with a 137 total, and Victoria Goitz won the Forward First Flight with a total of 132.
The Women's Championship schedule is back in action heading to Palm City for the Inaugural Women's Shoot-Out Championship at Piper's Landing Y & CC and then to Lake Worth for the 89th Women's Amateur Championship June 13-17 hosted by The Falls Club of the Palm Beaches and Quail Ridge Country Club.