Things to Know: FL Women’s Open & Senior Open
TAMPA, Fla. – The Florida Women’s Open and Senior Open will take center stage in Sarasota this week. Heritage Oaks Golf & Country Club will host the championship from August 5-7, with Sarasota National Golf Club serving as the co-host.
This year’s field will feature some of the top women professional and amateur golfers, who will battle to be crowned the sixth Women’s Open and Senior Open champions.
Here are five things to know before the championship begins.
By the Numbers
The average age this year’s Open field is 23 years old. Natalie Angelo will be the youngest competitor in the field at 13 years old, while Wendi Patterson being the most experienced players in the Open Division at 48 years old.
For the past four years, the Florida Women’s Open has consistently drawn some of the best young talent from around the state and this year is no different. Over 40 collegiate golfers will be in the field in Vero Beach, while almost 30 junior golfers will tee it up in the championship.
Fifty-six professionals will be competing this week between the two divisions.
Defending the Crown
When competition begins on Friday, four of the 10 past champions will be in the field. Sandra Angulo Minarro and Sandra Changkija will be competing in the Open Division, while Mary Jane Hiestand, Tammie Green and Barb Bunkowsky will tee it up in the Senior Division.
Nine States Represented
There will be nine different states represented at the Florida Women’s Open: Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio, Tennessee and Texas. While a majority of the field hails from Florida, 13 out-of-staters will be competing.
Stroke-Play Champion Eyes Another Title
Elle Johnson has put together a great summer, winning the Women’s Amateur Stoke Play Championship in July at the Coral Creek Club. The Florida State University senior fired a final-round 65 to capture the two-shot victory, setting the women’s course record at Coral Creek.
Heritage Oaks and Sarasota National
Heritage Oaks Golf & Country Club will take center stage for the Florida Women’s Open this week, while Sarasota National Golf Club will be the co-host. Both Heritage Oaks and Sarasota National are set to host its first FSGA championship.