Stasi & Connelly Go Back-to-Back
With 48 of the top teams from around the world, Meghan Stasi and Tara Connelly put together an impressive performance en route to capturing the Women’s International Four-Ball Championship for a second consecutive year. The event was held at The Wanderer’s Club in Wellington, on February 17-18.
With near perfect weather conditions on Monday, Stasi and Connelly got off to a great start firing a five-under par 67 to take a two stroke lead into the final round. Stasi and Connelly put on a show in the final round firing an impressive round of 10-under par 62 to win the Championship by 11 strokes. Stasi and Connelly’s final round included eight birdies and an eagle after Stasi chipped in on the 17th hole. Connelly said “We played very smart today and left everything close. We had two shots at birdies most holes, which gave us a lot of confidence.” This marks the fourth time that Stasi has captured the Women's International Four-Ball Championship, first in 2009 with Dawn Woodard, then in 2010 with Donna Mummert, and last year with current partner Tara Connelly.
Marie Arnoux, of Miami Beach, and Ellen Port, of St. Louis, MO, took home second place honors after rounds of 71-69. Port, a six time USGA Champion, was recently named captain of the 2014 Curtis Cup team. Diane Lang of Weston, and her partner Mary Jane Hiestand of Naples, finished alone in third place with a tournament total of three-under par 141.
In the Middle Division, Patty Lang, of Tequesta, and Sue McMurdy, of Indiana, PA, posted rounds of 73-73 -146 to capture the division title by five strokes. In the Forward Division, the team of Ann Candido, of Jupiter, and Marsha Funk, of Palm Beach Gardens, went wire-to-wire to firing rounds of 73-71-144 to win by seven strokes.