U.S. Senior Women’s Open Begins Thursday
SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. – The top women’s senior players will make their way to North Carolina this week for the U.S. Senior Women’s Open. The championship begins on Thursday at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club. Among the 33 amateurs in the field are three Florida residents: Kim Keyer-Scott, Tama Caldabaugh and Susan Cohn.
Here are some things to know about the Floridians in the field before the championship begins.
Barb Bunkowski, of Canada, was exempt into the 2019 championship based on her ranking on Legends Tour Performance Points list. The West Palm Beach native survived a playoff to capture the Inaugural Florida Women’s Senior Open Championship in 2017. Bunkowski is competing in her second U.S. Senior Women’s Open, after finishing tied for 37th at last year’s inaugural championship.
Susan Bond, of Jacksonville, qualified for her first U.S. Senior Women’s Open at the Bay Club at Mattapoisett in Massachusetts. Bond was the low professional and finished tied for second at the 2018 Florida Women’s Senior Open, after falling to Mary Jane Hiestand in a sudden-death playoff.
Tama Caldabaugh (a), of Ponte Vedra Beach, qualified for her first U.S. Senior Women’s Open at The Club at Eaglebrooke. Caldabaugh, who is competing in her 10th USGA championship, was the 2015 FSGA Women’s Senior Player of the Year. The North Carolina native also advanced to the semifinals of the 2015 U.S. Women’s Senior Amateur Championship
Susan Cohn (a), of Palm Beach Gardens, earned one of 10 qualifying spots at The Club at Eaglebrooke. Cohn was a semifinalist at the 2018 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur and finished runner-up at the 2013 Senior Amateur. The New York native finished tied for fourth at this year’s Florida Women’s Senior Amateur Championship.
Kim Keyer-Scott (a), of Bonita Springs, is competing in her first U.S. Senior Women’s Open after qualifying at The Club of Eaglebrooke. Keyer-Scott captured her first state win the 2018 Florida Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship. The Ohio native, who is playing in her eighth USGA championship, qualified for the 2018 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship, advancing to the Round of 64.
Round 1 Tee Times:
Barb Bunkowsky 7:52 a.m.
Jane Geddes * 7:52 a.m.
Laura Baugh 8:25 a.m.
Jacqueline Gallagher-Smith 8:47 a.m.
Tammie Green-Parker 9:09 a.m.
Barb Mucha 9:09 a.m.
Laurie Rinker * 12:40 p.m.
Sue Ginter * 1:02 p.m.
Tama Caldabaugh (a) * 1:13 p.m.
Marilyn Lovander 1:24 p.m.
Kim Keyer-Scott (a) * 1:24 p.m.
Pat Shriver * 1:35 p.m.
Laurel Kean 1:46 p.m.
Pam Elders * 1:46 p.m.
Lorie Wilkes * 1:57 p.m.
Susn Cohn (a) 2:08 p.m.
Jennifer Cully * 2:08 p.m.
Susan Bond 2:19 p.m.
* Starting on the back nine
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