Five Things to Know: Women’s Four-Ball
TAMPA, Fla. – The Women’s Four-Ball Championship begins on Saturday at Stone Creek Golf Club. Here are five things to know before the championship begins.
Defending the Crown
Chloe Schiavone and Ariel Yu won the 2018 championship, with a decisive a nine-stroke lead over the rest of the field. The pair is looking to become the third team to win two-straight Four-Ball Championships, and the first since Wendi Golden and Erika Schneider in 2011 and 2012.
Schiavone was the 2018 Girls’ Junior Player of the Year and also captured the 2018 Girls’ Junior Championship and Junior Amateur Match Play Championship, as well as winning a Florida Junior Tour event. Yu, a Bradenton, Florida native, won the 2016 Junior Amateur Match Play Championship and is a six-time winner on the FJT.
FSGA Hall of Famer in the Hunt
Taffy Brower, who was inducted into the FSGA Hall of Fame in 2014, will compete this week with Carolina Hart. Brower is a 10-time FSGA champion and was the 2004 Women’s Amateur Player of the Year. The Boynton Beach, Florida native has competed in over 40 USGA championships and was a quarterfinalist in the U.S. Women’s Senior Amateur in 1997 and 2001.
Young, Scrappy and Hungry
Sixteen junior players will tee it up in the championship division this weekend. Madison Hewlett and Karoline Tuttle will be teaming up. Hewlett secured the FJT Tour Championship in December, while Tuttle was the runner-up at the Women’s Amateur in 2018.
Will Stasi Go Two-for-Two?
Meghan Stasi will look to claim her second FSGA championship of the year, after winning the Women’s International Four-Ball, with Ina Kim, in February. Stasi, who is a four-time U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur champion (2006, 2007, 2010, 2012), will team up with New Jersey native, Noelle Maertz this week.
Stone Creek Golf Club Plays Host
Stone Creek Golf Club will play host to the Women’s Four-Ball Championship for the first time in the championship’s history. The Ocala club, which opened in 2008, is made of Bermuda fairways and greens and has some unique golf course architecture.