Florida Women's Open & Senior Open

Reunion Resort and Club - Kissimmee
August 11-13, 2017

Changkija & Bunkowsky Win Inaugural Championship

The inaugural Florida Women's & Senior Open is complete and it was professionals Sandra Changkija and Barb Bunkowsky who went wire-to-wire to win the Open division and Senior division, respectively. 

Open Division

Sandra Changkija began her day with a lead only former University of Florida standout, Samantha Wagner, able to catch her. Like usual, Changkija and Wagner came out of the game strong. Both birdied the first hole, however Samantha Wagner would go on to birdie the second to make a move towards the top spot. However, Sandra came back with a birdie on the third to get back her five stroke lead over Wagner. After the third hole, Sandra played consistent and parred her next six holes to make the turn at two-under par. Wagner, on the other hand, added one more birdie to her card to make the turn at three-under par, just four back of Changkija. 

Heading to the 10th hole, Sandra hit an impressive approach just past the hole, yet missed her birdie putt to tap in for par. Wagner, on the down slope, hit her approach shot just short of the green, but using her exquisite short game, was able to chip up and tap in her par putt to remain four back. On the 11th hole, Changkija hit one of her first offline shots of the day and had a thirty-foot putt for birdie. With the door open, Wagner struggled on another downhill sloped approach shot and got herself plugged in the lip of the bunker. Upon looking over all her options, Wagner decided to take an unplayable and dropped inside the bunker. For Wagner, it looked like she could be facing her first double of the tournament, yet proving how reliable her short game is, almost holed out from the bunker for par. Tapping in a bogey putt, Wagner would drop one and move to five back of Changkija. With matching two-putt pars on the 12th, Wagner had the advantage on the 13th green after hitting her approach to just five feet. Changkija, showing her mental strength, rolled in her 15-foot sliding birdie putt, putting the pressure on Wagner. Yet, with a little too much speed, Wagner's birdie putt lipped out. 

Standing on the 14th tee, Changkija found the fairway again and had set herself up nicely for her lay-up shot into the par five. Wagner, after sending her drive sizzling down the fairway, pulled out her fairway wood and watched it roll to 15 feet past. Staring down her eagle putt, Wagner just misread it slightly but tapped in her birdie putt to put the pressure back on Changkija. She settled with a two-putt par yet remained comfortably ahead of Wagner heading into the final few holes. 

On the par-five 17th hole, Sandra would make her 20th and final birdie of the tournament after rolling in a short birdie putt after an impeccable wedge shot approach. On the final hole of the tournament, Wagner birdied to secure her second place finish with a stellar round of four-under par, 68. Sandra Changkija, on the other hand, rolled in her par putt to shoot her third consecutive round in the 60s and win the inaugural Florida Women's Open. Shooting a three-day total of 17-under par, 199, professional golfer, Sandra Changkija went wire-to-wire to win the Open division by five shots over fellow professional, Samantha Wagner. 

The low amateur in the Open Division was Florida State University commit, Amanda Doherty. Doherty, who has committed to attend FSU in 2020, shot a two-under par round of 70 in today's final round to finish the tournament at one-under par and good enough to take medalist honors.

Senior Women's Open Division

In the Senior Open division, Barb Bunkowsky began her day with a lead that would eventually be relinquished to fellow professional, Carolyn Hill. Barb began her day well with a birdie on the second hole, however with an uncharacteristic triply bogey on the fifth hole, Barb would take a fall back to two-over par for the day. Making the turn at three-over par, Barb would then go on to bogey the 11th hole to get to four-over par for the day. 

Meanwhile, Bunkowsky's playing partner, Carolyn Hill, was making major moves towards the top spot. Hill made her first birdie of the day on the par-three third hole then added two more additional birdies on the sixth and eighth to make the turn in red numbers after shooting a three-under par, 33. Hill made her first bogey of the day on the 10th hole, yet bounced back with a birdie on the par-three 12th hole. After the 12th hole, there seemed to be a match going on between Barb and Carolyn. With Barb's comfortable lead gone, Carolyn Hill knew she still had a chance to win the Senior Open division. Showing her strength, Barb birdied the 14th and 17th holes to herself back to two-over for the day. Carolyn answered, however with a birdie on the 15th hole then a bogey on the 16th hole, Carolyn would head into the final hole one shot back of Barb. Both striped their drives down the fairway and Carolyn was first to play. Hitting her approach shot about 50 feet left of the hole, she put the pressure on Barb. After outdriving Carolyn, Barb unfortunately hit her approach too heavy, leaving her with a 40-yard up & down attempt. After Barb failed to make the up & down and settled for bogey, Carolyn rolled in her par putt to force a playoff for the champion title. 

On the first playoff hole, Barb hit three stellar shots to leave herself a birdie putt. After just missing her birdie putt, Barb tapped in for par, a good enough score to claim the title. 

With a three day total of five-over par, professional Barb Bunkowsky prevailed and went wire-to-wire to win the Inaugural Florida Senior Women's Open title. 

The low amateur in the Senior Open division is Tama Caldabaugh of Ponte Vedra Beach. Caldabaugh played consistent throughout her three rounds and finished in third place overall with an 11-over par, three-day total of 227.

The Florida Women's & Senior Open is both a professional and amateur event bringing together the champions of yesterday and today with the champions of the future. In the end, it was professionals Sandra Changkija and Barb Bunkowsky who stole the show and will forever be known as the inaugural Florida Women's Open & Senior Women's Open champions, respectively. 

Final Results 

Preview | Round One Recap | Round Two Recap

Tee Information

Tee Yardage / Info
Watson - Open Division 6,320 yds. 76.6 / 135
Watson - Senior Division 5,841 yds. 73.9 / 129
Palmer - Open Division 6,245 yds. 75.8 / 137
Palmer - Senior Division 5,806 yds. 73.3 / 132

Par: 72

Weather Information

Description Temp
Sunny Light Breeze 92 °F
Tournament Results
(a) = Amateur
Position Name Rd.1 Rd.2 Rd.3 Total Score Points
1 Sandra Changkija 66 65 68 199 0
2 Samantha Wagner 73 63 68 204 0
3 Carlie Yadloczky 69 74 70 213 0
4 Madison Opfer 75 69 70 214 0
5 Amanda Doherty (a) 69 76 70 215 2800
Position Name Rd.1 Rd.2 Rd.3 Total Score Points
1 Barb Bunkowsky 69 77 75 221 0
2 Carolyn Hill 76 76 69 221 0
3 Tama Caldabaugh (a) 75 78 74 227 2500
4 Penny Dell 75 81 77 233 0
5 Mary Jane Hiestand (a) 78 82 74 234 1750
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PROUDLY Presented By:
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$50,000 Total Purse

OPEN TO AMATEURS AND PROFESSIONALS OF ALL AGES

30-40 Professional Golfers will take home $50,000!!


The Inaugural Florida Women's Open and Senior Open heads to Orlando in August of 2017 and will be played on Reunion's Watson and Palmer Courses. Players will play 18 holes on each course before a 36 hole cut is made. The final round will be held on the Watson Course. This Championship will give competitors a rare opportunity to play with some of the best professionals and amateurs from around the state, allowing great players from today and tomorrow to compete together on the same turf. Play with the best, learn from the best, and be the best.


Championship Format

  • 156 player field size
  • 54 holes of individual stroke play
  • The field will be cut to low 60 and ties after 36 holes
  • Purse - To be divided between divisions based on entries.
  • Each division will have a separate cut line. The number of players making the cut in each division will be based on the ratio of Open players to Senior Open players at the start of round one. Example - If 1/3 of the total field are Senior Open players, then 1/3 of the players making the cut will be Senior Open players.
  • The lowest score for 54 holes will determine the Champion for each division.

Eligibility

  • Female amateur or professional golfer
  • Florida residency required - (If you have any doubt - please click and review status to avoid issues)
  • Senior Division - At least 50 years of age as of the first day of the Championship
  • A valid USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 5.4 (Open Division) or 9.4 (Senior Open Division)
  • Entrant is not required to be a member of the FSGA

How the Field is Determined

Prior to the close of general entries: June 28th 

  • EXEMPT entries will be guaranteed acceptance into the field upon receipt up until the Championship reaches capacity
  • During the general entry period, non-exempt entries may be accepted into the field based upon an applicant's exceptional playing resume

After the close of the general entry period : June 29th

  • NON-EXEMPT entries will be accepted into the field
  • Further entries received after June 29th will be accepted on the order of receipt

Alternates and Withdrawals

  • Alternates - Applicants not accepted through the entry process will be placed on an alternates list based upon the strength of their application. When a Division's alternates list is exhausted, an alternate from the other Division will be used to fill an open spot.
  • Withdrawals - Any withdrawals from either Division will be filled by an alternate from that Division's alternates list.

Exemptions

Players in the following categories will be eligible for exemption provided they meet all entry and eligibility requirements:

Professionals 

Open Division

  • Top 300 and tied from the current Symetra Tour Priority Status list
  • Top 25 and tied from the current NWGA Money Leaders list
  • Any player making the cut in last year's LPGA T&CP National Championship
  • Top 5 and tied from last year's PGA Women's Stroke Play Championship
  • Any player participating in last year's U.S. Women's Open Championship
  • Active Legends Tour members at time of entry (may compete in either division if 50 years or older)

Senior Open Division - 50+ years of age

  • Active Legends Tour members at time of entry
  • Any player making the cut in the LPGA T&CP National Championship
  • Any player participating in last year's U.S. Women's Open Championship
Amateurs

Open Division

  • Last and current year's FSGA Women's Amateur Champion
  • Last year's FSGA Women's Amateur Stroke Play Champion
  • Current year's FSGA Women's Mid-Amateur Champion
  • Last year's FSGA Girls' Junior Champion (16-18 Division)
  • Last year's FSGA Women's Player of the Year
  • Last year's FSGA Girls' Junior Player of the Year
  • Top 25 and tied from last year's final Florida Women's Player of the Year points list
  • Top 20 and tied from last year's final Florida Girls' Junior Player of the Year points list
  • Top 500 and tied of the Women's World Amateur Golf Rankings as of the entry open date
  • Any player participating in last year's U.S. Women's Open Championship
  • Any player participating in last year's U.S. Women's Amateur Championship

Senior Open Division

  • Current year's FSGA Women's Senior Amateur Champion (Championship Division)
  • Last year's FSGA Women's Senior Amateur Match Play Champion (Championship Division)
  • Last year's FSGA Women's Senior Player of the Year
  • Top 15 and tied from last year's Florida Women's Senior Player of the Year points list
  • Any player participating in last year's U.S. Women's Open Championship
  • Any player participating in last year's U.S. Women's Amateur Championship

Note: Any player that earns an entry exemption through a Senior Open Division category may only apply that entry exemption to the Senior Open Division. Loss of Exemptions - If a player turns professional, she loses any exemption(s) she previously earned as an amateur player with the FSGA.

Entry Fees

  Open Division
Senior Division
 Professional
 $300  $300
 Amateur  $200  $200

Professional Prize  Purse

$50,000

The purse will be distributed between the Open and Senior Open divisions based on entries. Players who make the cut, but fail to finish 54-holes, will receive the minimum payout. Professionals eligible for the Senior Open Division, but choosing to compete in the Open Division, are only eligible for prize money in the Division selected upon entry. Amateurs will receive their payment in the form of gift certificates redeemable to Reunion Resort.

Schedule of Events

Friday, August 11th

  • 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM - Round One tee times off #1 and #10 on the Watson and Palmer Courses
  • Buffet lunch included in entry fee

Saturday, August 12th

  • 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM - Round Two tee times off #1 and #10 on the Watson and Palmer Courses
  • After 36 holes are complete, the field will be cut to the low 60 players and ties
  • Buffet lunch included in entry fee

Sunday, August 13th

  • 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM - Final Round tee times off #1 and #10 on the Watson Course
  • Awards ceremony immediately following the completion of play
  • Buffet lunch included in entry fee

Divisions and Approximate Yardages

  • Open Division - 6,300 yards approx.
  • Senior Open Division - 5,800 yards approx.

Switching of divisions will not be permitted after pairings are posted

Practice Rounds

Practice rounds are available on a space available basis up until the first day of the Championship. The price for a practice round is $40.00 + tax and includes cart and range balls prior to the round. To schedule a practice round, call the Reunion golf shop at (407) 396-3199. The proper place to practice your golf swing is on the driving range, hitting multiple shots on the course is unacceptable.

Cart and Caddie Policy

Cart fees are included in the Championship Fee for all competitive rounds of the Championship. Players must utilize a golf cart for all competitive rounds. Caddies are permitted; however, parents, step-parents or guardians are not permitted to caddie, the caddie may not ride and the player's bag must remain on the golf cart. All players that choose to employ a caddie must adhere to the established FSGA Pace of Play Policy.

Other Policies

  • Spectators and Spectator Cart Policy -  Click here.
  • Caddies - Caddies are allowed in all FSGA Championships except Junior events. However, a player must not use a parent, step-parent or guardian as a caddie. The caddie MUST walk and the player’s clubs must remain on the golf cart.
  • Championship Pace of Play Policy - Click here.
  • Local Rules and Conditions of Competition - Click here.
  • Championship Policies - Click here to read the withdrawal, dress code, and other policies.
  • Procedures for Alternates - Click here for information on how alternates may gain entry into this Championship.
  • Conditions/ Schedule - The FSGA Championships Committee/on-site Rules Committee reserves the right to alter any of the conditions, provisions and/or schedules. The decision of the Championships Committee/on-site Rules Committee in any matter will be final.

Official Headwear

Imperial headwear will serve as the official hat of the Florida Women's Open & Senior Open.

Host Hotel and Accommodations

On-site villas to share with friends!

Reunion Resort
7593 Gathering Drive
Kissimmee, FL 34747
(407) 662-1000

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Publicity and Promotion

By participating in The Florida Women's Open you grant the FSGA and those acting with the FSGA, permission, authority and the permanent rights to use your name or likeness for publicity and promotional purposes. Participants understand that all Media, including film, photographic prints, audio or digital files are the exclusive property of the FSGA. Participants in FSGA events waive their rights to inspect or approve all media produced by the FSGA and those acting on the FSGA's behalf. Participants waive their permanent rights to compensation for use of their name and likeness by the FSGA.

Direction - Reunion Resort

Reunion Resort
7593 Gathering Drive
Kissimmee, FL 34747

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