Women's Amateur Championship

Bent Pine Golf Club - Vero Beach
June 16-19, 2016

Albrecht Defeats Liu to Earn First FSGA Title

Finals

After advancing through four matches, Emma Albrecht and Sophie Liu stood on the first tee Sunday afternoon ready to determine the Champion in the final match. Emma came out hot winning each of the first five holes. She won with a par on holes one through four and birdied the par three fifth hole to get to five-up. Sophie, 2015 Girls’ Junior Champion, tried to gain some ground with a birdie on the seventh hole, but Emma fired back with a birdie on the eighth hole. Emma would start the final nine holes at six-up. Although Sophie won two holes, 10 and 13, on the back-nine with pars, she could not overcome Emma’s lead. The match ended on the 14th hole with a five and four victory for Emma Albrecht!

Emma explains her first FSGA Championship victory as surreal. She stated, “My hard work paid off and I felt confident going into the tournament and just kept that mentality throughout the week”.  It was a great Father’s Day for her dad who was with her through every shot as her caddy. Besides summer classes, Albrecht plans to try to qualify for the U.S. Women’s Amateur before her sophomore year at the University of Notre Dame starts. Reflecting on her first year in college Emma stated that she had a “solid freshman year, made it to regionals as a team, and accomplished goals”. A Women’s Amateur win is a great way to kick off summer classes and her sophomore year!

Semifinals

With scattered showers and wind, the Semifinal matches started promptly at 7:30 AM Sunday morning. The first match, of Sophie Liu, the 32 seed who made match play in a six way playoff, and Ayaka Nakayama made it all the way to 18 before a winner was determined. The match stood all square through three holes until Liu took the lead with a birdie on #4 to stay one up through five. The match continued back and forth until Nakayama won the 10th hole to stay one up through 12. A par on the long par 5 14th gave Liu the chance she needed to bring the match back to all square where it stood until the final hole. Nakayama found herself behind a tree on the final hole,leaving Liu to make an easy par and punch her ticket into the Championship match.

Birdies on holes 2, 4 and 8 brought Emma Albrecht into an early lead against Nicolette Donovan, leaving her three up at the turn and with good momentum heading into their 10th hole. Donovan didn't back down, birdying the par 4 10th and bringing her back to only two down. However, a bogie on the highest handicap hole, par 4 eleventh, brought Donovan back to three down. Continuing to the par 5 14th, Albrecht stuck her approach shot and sunk the birdie putt leaving the match dormie heading into the 15th. Donovan continued her fight, birdying the 15th after an impressive bunker shot, forcing Albrecht to sink her birdie putt to close out the match. Consistent on the greens, Albrecht sunk her putt and made her way to the finals by winning 4 & 3 over Donovan.

Quarterfinals

Afternoon Quarterfinal matches began in very similar conditions as the morning. However, the threat of afternoon thunder showers would once again bring upon windy conditions for players on Bent Pine's Back 9. Sophie Liu and Hannah Berman battled back and forth throughout their Quarterfinal match. All square after #14, Liu and Berman would remain tied until the 17th hole, where Berman would card bogey to make Liu go 1 Up, heading to 18. Both players cleanly made par, advancing Liu to the Semifinal matches on Sunday morning. Central Florida's Ayaka Nakayama, who advanced from her morning match 3 & 1, would be matched with Mississippi State's Katie Holt in the afternoon. Another close match was in the works, and Nakayama and Holt found themselves all square through 15. With a birdie on 16, and a par to Holt's bogey on 17, Nakayama was able to advance to the Semifinals 2&1 over Holt. Nakayama and Liu will compete in the 7:30 AM match in the Semifinals. 

Emma Albrecht and Alyssa Lamorueux found themselves off to a different start than some of the other matches. Albrecht birdied the first three holes of the match to go 3 Up over Lamoureux, and the match would stand as such through the completion of the front nine. Once they made the turn, Albrecht would then go on to win the 10th and 11th hole to go 5 Up. Fighting for a comeback, Lamoureux would win the 12th and 14th holes with birdies, but could not hold on to advance. Albrecht would go on to take the match 3&2. Nicolette Donovan and Annie Kim round out the group of Quarterfinal matches, at yet another close and competitive match. Donovan would win the 2nd and 9th hole to go 2 Up, but Kim would win the 12th and 17th to bring it back to all square. As the match was about to head to #18, weather once again would put play on hold. Both players returned early Sunday morning to resume their match at 7:00 AM. It was a fight to the death between the two fierce opponents, with Donovan sinking a 15 footer to save par and continue on to extra holes. It took 24 holes for a player to falter, Annie carded a bogie while Nicolette made par to capture the last spot in the Semifinals.

Round of 16

The Round of 16 began early Saturday morning. Conditions were calm with minimal wind and familliar hot temperatures. Three out of the eight matches went extra holes, including the match between Andie Shukow and Katie Holt, who went 20 holes in her previous match. Holt was able to once again advance to head to the Quarterfinals. Sophie Liu, who finished her Round of 32 match early on Saturday morning, was able to defeat Mary Janiga of Wellington

 7&6. Reagan Jahn and Hannah Berman took the prize for the longest match yet, going 21 holes, with Berman advancing. Alyssa Lamoureux, last year's runner-up, was able to advance from her Round of 16 match against Taylor Roberts 5&4. Lamoureux was then matched up against Notre Dame's own Emma Albrecht in the Quarterfinals, who defeated Georgia Oboh 3&2 in the Round of 16. 

Round of 32

The Round of 32 began around 4:30 in the afternoon on Friday after the weather delay. Temperatures cooled down dramatically from morning stroke play qualifying, and had hardly any wind. Anastasia Carter and Katie Holt went the longest out of the matches, going 20 holes until Holt was able to beat out her opponent. Several of the matches were close, and finished on 18. All matches were able to finish before dark, except for the match between 1 seed Alexa Popowitz and 32 seed Sophie Liu, which concluded after the 6th hole. Popowitz and Liu would return early on Saturday morning to eventually go 19 holes, with Liu advancing to the Round of 16. 

Click here to view a complete list of match play pairings and results.

Tee Information

Tee Yardage / Info
Championship 6,063 yds. 75.8/137

Par: 72

Weather Information

Description Temp
Hot Light Breeze 90 °F
Windy Gusts up to 25 mph 85 °F
Tournament Results
Position Name Rd.1 Rd.2 Total Score Points
T1 Alexa Popowitz 74 69 143 0
T1 Nicolette Donovan 70 73 143 0
3 Emma Albrecht 74 70 144 0
4 Anastasia Carter 74 72 146 0
T5 Ayaka Nakayama 76 71 147 0
T5 Claire Fitzgerald 74 73 147 0
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$170 per competitor ($160 with GHIN handicap)

The Women's Amateur Championship is the oldest and most prestigious event on the Women's Championship schedule. Located in Vero Beach on Florida's east coast, Bent Pine Golf Club hosts the 2016 Women's Amateur. In its 87th year, past Champions include the names of Cristie Kerr, Meghan Stasi, Taffy Brower, and other notables. The format of this competitive Championship begins with 36 holes of stroke play to cut the field to the low 32 for match play. For a look at the 2015 Championship Results click here.

Championship Format

  • 104 total players
  • 36 holes of individual stroke play qualifying on Thursday and Friday
  • Field will be cut to the low 32 players for the Championship match play field
  • Match play rounds will be played Friday, Saturday and Sunday 
  • Gross only, no handicaps and no consolation flights

Eligibility

  • Must be (1) a resident of Florida (reside in Florida at least 4 months per year, have otherwise established legal residency or graduated from a Florida high school and presently attending an out-of-state college); or (2) a student who physically attends a high school or college in Florida at any time during the four months prior to the last day of the Championship; or (3) a military personnel or a dependent of a military personnel based in Florida on active duty.
  • Must have a handicap index no higher than 18.4

Entry Fee

$160 (for GHIN handicap members)
$170 (for non-GHIN handicap members)

Entry fee includes all competitive rounds of golf, tee gift, gift certificate prizes, and lunches for players after the final round of stroke play (Friday), and during match play days (Saturday-Sunday). Late entries will be accepted subject to a $10 late entry fee should the entrant gain acceptance into the field.

Entry Priority

Entries will be accepted based upon the order of receipt. Entries received after the competitive field is full or after the close of entries, will be placed on an alternates list. Alternates will be contacted in the order of receipt of entry, if and when, a spot becomes available.

Approximate Yardage

6,000 yards (Gross only - NO handicaps)


Schedule of Events

Wednesday, June 15th

  • 12:00 - 3:00 PM - Player Registration

Thursday, June 16th

  • 6:30 - 9:00 AM - Player Registration

  • 7:30 - 9:30 AM - Round One tee times off #1 & #10 (Stroke play)

Friday, June 17th

  • 8:00 AM - Round Two Shotgun (Stroke play)

  • Field cut to low 32 (Playoff to immediately follow play, if needed)

  • Lunch buffet provided 

  • 1:30 - 2:30 PM - Round of 32 Matches, tee times off #1 & #10

Saturday, June 18th

  • 7:30 - 8:30 AM - Round of 16 Matches, tee times off #1

  • 12:00 - 12:30 PM - Quarterfinal Matches, tee times off #1

  • Lunch provided to match play competitors

Sunday, June 19th

  • 7:30 - 7:45 AM - Semifinal Matches, tee times off #1

  • 12:00 PM - Championship 18-hole Match tee time off #1

  • Lunch provided to match play competitors

Practice Rounds

Practice rounds are available one week prior to the championship and after 12:00 PM the weekend prior on a space available basis. Includes cart and range balls prior to the round. The price for a practice round is $35.00 + tax. Please call (772) 567-6838 to arrange your practice round.  The proper place to practice your golf swing is on the driving range, hitting multiple shots on the course is unacceptable.

Defending Champion

Emily Rymer of Orlando defeated Alyssa Lamoureux of Seminole to defend her title and capture the 86th Florida State Women’s Amateur Championship held at Coral Creek Club in Placida, on June 13-17. During the final round, Rymer lead the match one-up when making the turn. The match lasted another seven holes and Rymer did not lose one hole. On the 15th hole Rymer and Lamoureux both stuck their shots to 12 and 10 feet respectively. Rymer sunk her putt for birdie leaving Lamoureux with her putt to stay alive. She sunk her birdie on top of Rymer’s and extended the match to the 16th hole where Rymer sealed her win with a two-putt par. After playing a total of 126 holes over the course of the Championship, Emily defended her title with a 4 and 2 victory. This was Rymer's last event as an amateur before turning professional. 

Other Policies

  • Spectators and Spectator Cart Policy - Click here.
  • Caddies - If a player employs a caddie, the caddie MUST walk and 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.

Payment

Bent Pine Golf Club's golf shop accepts Visa, Mastercard, and Cash as forms of payment. All food and beverage ONLY accepts CASH as a form of payment.

Host Hotel and Accommodations

SpringHill Suites Vero Beach
5115 Indian River Blvd
Vero Beach, FL 32967
772-978-9292

$119 per room, per night, plus tax. Call 772-978-9292 identifying yourself as an FSGA Competitor or click here to book online.

Directions - Bent Pine Golf Club

Bent Pine Golf Club
Vero Beach, FL 32967
(772) 567-6838

Click here for directions

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