Culver Wins First Women's Senior Match
Mission Inn Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills hosted the final Women’s Championship of 2018, the Senior Amateur Match Play. The El Campeon course was a great test for the top senior women competitors but Lin Culver prevailed winning her first Senior Match Play Championship!
Monday morning began the 18 hole stroke play seeding round with Kathy Glennon, of Naples, earning medalist honors after posting a 79. Two strokes behind finished Lisa Schlesinger, of Fort Myers, who would enter match play as the second seed after winning the Championship in 2015. Kathy continued her strong play as the number one seed on Tuesday morning for the first round of matches. Defeating number 16 seed, Susan Keane, Kathy advanced to quarterfinals where she would face Senior Women’s Player of the Year and two-time past Champion, Mary Jane Hiestand. Defending Champion, Diane Lang, advanced to the quarterfinals after defeating Kathy West 2&1 in her first match. Diane would meet Taffy Brower, who earned a 1UP win against Janice Wilson in the Round of 16, in Tuesday’s afternoon match. Lin Culver defeated number 10 seed Meg Giusti to play Schlesinger in the quarterfinal match. Tama Caldabaugh won 4&3 against Jodi Sullivan to go head to head against Laura Carson in the quarterfinals.
Tuesday afternoon the competitors teed it up for the quarterfinal matches. Caldabaugh, of Ponte Vedra Beach, played strong defeating Laura Carson 4&3 while Lin Culver advanced with a 1UP win against Schlesinger. Culver and Caldabaugh would compete one-on-one to advance to the finals on Wednesday morning. Diane Lang and Kathy Glennon continued on their winning streak to face each other in the semifinals. Lin Culver, of Palm Coast, defeated Caldabaugh 3&1 to advance to the finals where she would play against number one seed Kathy Glennon who beat Lang 1Up to reach the afternoon match.
Kathy took the early lead in the final match, winning four of the first five holes. Culver fought back at the close of the first nine, decreasing Kathy’s lead to three up at the turn. Holding strong to her lead, Kathy continued to tie Lin remaining at 3UP before a par win on her 14th hole bumped her lead to 4UP. A fire was lit in Lin on the finishing holes as she won the last four holes to take the match to extra holes! The two tied the first play-off hole. Lin continued on her hot streak and secured a win on the second play-off hole! Lin Culver captured her first FSGA Championship victory at the Women’s Senior Match Play.
The Middle Division saw Kerry Timm and Lori DesRuisseaux advance to the final match. Timm defeated Beth Sholar and Beatriz Niemeyer while DesRuisseaux earned wins against Kathy Copelin and Connie Rummel. Lori DesRuisseaux played tough for 19 holes to secure her victory against Kerry Timm. In the Middle First bracket, Liz Boudreaux defeated Mary Murphy 1UP.
Marla Flinn earned strong defeats of 6&4 against Amie Mitchell and 3&2 against Lory Cassens to advance to the final match. Monique Patenaude would play Flinn in the finals after competing 19 holes to defeat Karen Ammerman in the semi-finals. Another 19 hole victory was won by Marla Flinn as she defeated Monique Patenaude in the finals. In the Forward First bracket, Victoria Goitz defeated Carol Klay 4&3.