April 09, 2013

Hiestand Captures Women's Senior

Mary Jane Hiestand defeats good friend Diane Lang to take the title while Nancy Jackson wins Super Senior.

Mary Jane Hiestand claimed the 2013 Women's Senior Amateur in wire to wire fashion at Worthington Country Club in Bonita Springs. The Naples native backed up an opening round 72 with a final round 75 to best 3-time past champion and good friend, Diane Lang who shot 75-76 -151. Lang made it interesting however, erasing a three shot deficit with an opening nine of 35 in Tuesday's final round while Hiestand went out in 40. Lang, also a 3-time U.S. Women's Senior Amateur Champion, extended her lead with a birdie on the 10th hole. Mary Jane responded with a birdie on 11 followed by a string of pars which was good enough for a three shot victory. Hiestand is a 3-time reigning Women's Senior Player of the Year (Sharing the honors with Lang in 2010).

In the Super Senior Division, Nancy Jackson of Boynton Beach came from behind to win by three strokes over Nancy Smith (84-77) of North Port. Meredith Wolf of Wellington held the first round lead after an opening 80, but a final round 85 left her in third place. After a first round 83, Jackson heated up to the tune of a final round 75. It was the lowest round of the Championship in the Super Senior Division and was highlighted by a birdie on the difficult par three 13th hole.

Gross Winners
Senior Championship First Flight - Debbie Court, Sarasota, FL 83-78—161
Senior Field First Flight - Susan Markin, Palm Beach, FL 83-78--161
Senior Field Second Flight - Susan Howen, Venice, FL 91-86—177
Super Senior Field First Flight - Connie Malenick, Naples, FL 82-82—164
Super Senior Field Second Flight - Jeannette Sullivan, Palmetto Bay, FL 98-87—185

Net Winners
Senior Field First Flight - Gilda Perez, Orlando, FL 71-70—141
Senior Field Second Flight - Liz Rees, Naples, FL 70-71—141
Super Senior Field First Flight - Connie Malenick, Naples, FL 69-69—138
Super Senior Field Second Flight - Jeannette Sullivan, Palmetto Bay, FL 72-61--133 

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