Phillips-Durst & Parker Win Senior
The top senior women competed in two rounds of stroke play at Fort Lauderdale Country Club to determine who would be crowned Senior Amateur Champion. The Championship division saw a tight leaderboard after round one with Taffy Brower capturing the lead by one stroke. Brower, of Boynton Beach, is a tough competitor who not only won the Senior Amateur Championship in 2008, but was inducted into the FSGA Hall of Fame in 2014 due to her impressive accomplishments in golf. Taffy played a consistent round of golf carding three bogies and a birdie for a 38-36—74. Following close being Brower’s two over-par, was Laura Carson and Anita Venner tied for second at three over-par. A pair of 77’s from Sarah Phillips-Durst and Kathy Glennon moved them to tied for fourth place heading into the final round.
A change in the leaderboard occurred after round two when Sarah Phillips-Durst overcame a three stroke deficit to steal first place. Phillips-Durst, of Tallahassee, carded the tournament low, one over-par 73, to win her first FSGA Championship by one stroke! Three birdies in her final round propelled Sarah to a 150 total and victory! Vero Beach resident, Laura Carson, carded back to back birdies on holes four and five to finish in second place alone with a 151 total. Past Players’ of the Year, Gigi Higgins and Taffy Brower, finished tied for third with a 153 total. Brower struggled to a round two 79 while Higgins reversed Brower’s rounds carding a 79-74. 2015 Champion, Lisa Schlesinger, and 2016 Champion, Mary Jane Hiestand, tied with Kathy Glennon for sixth place (156 total).
Reggie Parker, who was crowned Amateur Champion seven years ago, held a strong seven stroke lead after round one in the Super-Senior division. Parker, of Hobe Sound, fired a consistent 38-38 for a four over-par 76. 2015 Super-Senior Champion, Nancy Chaffee, stood solo in second place with a round one 83. Parker’s lead could not be broken in round two. Despite Chaffee and Parker posting the same score of 81 in the final round, Reggie never let her seven stroke lead falter. Parker was crowned wire-to-wire Champion with a 157 total followed by Nancy Chaffee, of Avon Park, in second place at 164. Vilma Sapp, of Weston, shot identical rounds of 84 to round out the top three.
Gross & Net Winners
Senior Field Division
Gross: Barbara Harrison – 75-81—156
Net: Cindy Horowitz – 71-76--147
Senior Field First Flight
Gross: Sara Aye – 87-83--170
Net: Liz Porter – 75-73--148
Super-Senior Field Division:
Gross: Lynn Robins – 88-92—180
Net: June Gilley – 67-82—149