Women's International Four-Ball

The Wanderers Club - Wellington
February 13-14, 2018

Miller and Greenlief Go Low to Capture Title

The Wanderers Club, one of the finest clubs in Palm Beach County, hosted the historic 71st Women’s International Four-Ball for the sixth consecutive year! The ladies played on pristine course conditions resulting in red numbers at the top of the leaderboard.

In the Championship Division, defending Champion Katie Miller and partner Lauren Greenlief posted the tournament low score in round two to capture the win by five strokes. After round one, Tara Joy-Connelly and partner Ina Kim took the early lead by one stroke with a three under-par 69. Joy-Connelly, of North Palm Beach, was fighting for a win after finishing in second place last year. One stroke behind heading into the final round was the team of Lisa Schlesinger and Andrea Kraus. Three teams tied for third place in red numbers with a round one 71 including Katie Miller/Lauren Greenlief, Sarah Matin/Kim Keyer-Scott, and Alexandra Frazier/Marie Arnoux.

Miller, of Jeannette, PA, and Greenlief, of Ashburn, VA, started round two with a vengeance. Three birdies on the front nine confidently carried the duo into the final nine holes. Miller birdied holes 11, 13, and 14 while Greenlief birdied 12 and 17 to finish eight under-par 64. A strong finish sealed the victory at nine under-par 135, five strokes over the second place team of Tara Joy-Connelly and Ina Kim. Joy-Connelly and Kim, of Jupiter, posted a second round 71 with three birdies and two bogies to finish with a four under-par total of 140. Sarah Matin, 2015 International Four-Ball Champion, rounded out the top three with partner Kim Keyer-Scott at 141 (-3).

The Middle Division saw the team of Sandie St. Onge, of Stuart, and Kathi Lundstrom, of Sewalls Point, break through to finish in first. After round one, three teams tied for first with a one over-par 73 including St. Onge/Lundstrom, Karen Hale/AnnFulginiti, and Sis Hedges/Debbie MookSang. A second round 74 sealed a two stroke win for St. Onge and Lundstrom. Karen Hale and partner Ann Fulginiti took second place at 149 (+5).

Partners Diane Carter and Mary Bruno went wire-to-wire to win first place in the Middle First Flight. The duo posted scores of 75-78 to win by three strokes with a 153 total. Second place was won by the team of Wendy Bingham and Tinker Sanger with two consistent rounds of 78 for a 156 total. In the Net division, at 12 under-par, the team from Wellington, Debbie O’Brien and Hanneke Vandenboomen finished in first place. Three strokes back, in second place finished Sarah Cohn and Kathy Baker at nine under-par 135.

Forty-eight teams represented by 11 states and Canada made up the 2018 Women’s International Four-Ball field. This historic event, first conducted by the Jaycees of Hollywood, Florida, has comprised the names of golf’s finest—Babe Zaharias, Louise Suggs, Peggy Kirk-Bell, Marlene Streit and others. Katie Miller can be added to the list of esteemed names for the third consecutive time with partner Lauren Greenlief being added for her first time.

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Tee Information

Tee Yardage / Info
Championship 5,910 yds. 75.0/134
Middle 5,299 yds. 71.7/127

Par: 72

Weather Information

Description Temp
LightRain Breezy, Light Rain 82 °F
Sunny Beautiful 81 °F
Tournament Results
Position Name Rd.1 Rd.2 Total Score Points
1 Katie Miller / Lauren Greenlief 71 64 135 2000
2 Tara Joy-Connelly / Ina Kim 69 71 140 1400
3 Sarah Matin / Kim Keyer-Scott 71 70 141 1000
4 Meghan Stasi / Catalina Lara 72 70 142 800
T5 Judith Kyrinis / Mary Jane Hiestand 73 70 143 650
T5 Lisa Schlesinger / Andrea Kraus 70 73 143 650
Position Name Rd.1 Rd.2 Total Score Points
1 Sandie St. Onge / Kathi Lundstrom 73 74 147 0
2 Karen Hale / Ann Fulginiti 73 76 149 0
T3 Debbie O'Brien / Hanneke Vandenboomen I 74 76 150 0
T3 Patrisa Handley / Christine Martin 74 76 150 0
5 Kathy Baker / Sarah Cohn 77 74 151 0
Position Name Rd.1 Rd.2 Total Score Points
1 Diane Carter / Mary Bruno 75 78 153 0
2 Wendy Bingham / Tinker Sanger 78 78 156 0
3 Sheila Evelyn / Mathilde Gauthier 78 79 157 0
4 Elizabeth Brumback / Lynn Fullmer 82 77 159 0
5 Debe Schwedler / Elizabeth Walker 82 78 160 0
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Results


Please join us for the 71st Women's International Four-Ball to be conducted at The Wanderer's Club in Wellington, Florida.  This historic championship is being held at one of the finest clubs in Palm Beach County and is the last stop on the Orange Blossom Tour. The Orange Blossom Tour consists of the Harder Hall, SALLY and Ione. Jones/Doherty. The Wanderer's Club is maintained in exceptional condition and is excited to host this Championship.  For a look at the 2017 Championship Results click here.

Championship Format

  • 36 holes of four-ball stroke play, (commonly known as a two-person, best-ball)
  • Two divisions - Championship and Middle
  • The overall Champion will be the team from the Championship Division with the lowest 36-hole total score

Championship Field Size

  •  Maximum of 48 teams

Eligibility

  • Female amateur golfers
  • Both entrants must be at least 18 years of age as of the first day of the Championship
  • A valid USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 18.0 at time of entry
  • Entrants are not required to be a member of the FSGA
  • Championship Division - At time of entry, all teams in the Championship Division must have a combined team handicap index of 14.0 or less
  • Middle Division - 95% of each player's handicap will be used. The course handicap differential between partners may be no more than eight (8) strokes. (If the differential is more than eight (8) strokes, the higher course handicap will be reduced to allow for the difference)

How Entries are Classified

  • Championship Division Exempt
  • Championship Division Non-Exempt
  • Middle Division

Exemptions

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

Team Exemptions

(teams must remain intact)

  • Top five teams and tied from last year's Women's International Four-Ball (Championship Division Only)
  • Last five year's Women's International Four-Ball Champions (Championship Division Only)
  • Any team playing in last year's U.S. Women's Four-Ball Championship
  • Last year's TRANS Four-Ball Champions (Championship Division Only)
  • Last year's Florida Women's Four-Ball Champions (Championship Division Only)
Team Exemption by Individual Accomplishment

(both players must meet one of the following criteria)

  • Rank within the top 1,000 and tied of the Women's World Amateur Golf Rankings as of the entry open date
  • Top 10 and tied from last year's Harder Hall Invitational
  • Top 10 and tied from last year's South Atlantic Women's Amateur (SALLY)
  • Last year's Ione D. Jones/Doherty Women's Amateur Semifinalists
  • 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

How Entries are Processed

  • Two thirds (32 teams) of the entire field will be held for the Championship Division
  • One third (16 teams) of the entire field will be held for the Middle Division
  • Middle Division teams will be processed on a first come first served basis upon entries opening
  • After any Division reaches maximum capacity, entries will be placed on an alternates list for that Division on a first come first served basis
  • Any withdrawals from either Division will be filled by an alternate from that Division's alternate list on a first come first served basis
  • When a Division's alternate list is exhausted, an alternate from the other Division will be used to fill an open spot
  • If a team changes Divisions after submitting an entry, and that Division is full, that team will be placed on the bottom of that Division's alternates list
  • Through Wednesday, November 22nd (one week after entries open)
    • Championship Division Exempt entries will be processed on a first come first served basis up until the Championship Division reaches capacity
  • After Wednesday, November 22nd
    • Championship Division Non-Exempt entries will be processed on a first come first served basis up until the Championship Division reaches capacity
  • After Wednesday, November 29th (two weeks after entries open)
    • Remaining spots from either the Championship or Middle Division will be released and any remaining alternates will fill the open spots on a first come first served basis until the field reaches its maximum capacity of 48 teams

Entry Fee

$500 (per team)

Entry fee includes all competitive rounds of golf, tee gift, Monday evening cocktail reception with heavy hor d'oeuvres (cash bar), breakfast before and lunch after both Tuesday and Wednesday's rounds, and gift certificate prizes. Late entries will be accepted subject to a $10 late entry fee should the team gain acceptance into the field.

Divisions and Approximate Yardages

Teams must select their division at the time of entry:

  • Championship Division - 6,000 yards (Gross Only)
  • Middle Division - 5,300 yards (Gross & Net)

How to Enter

To enter, both you and your partner will need to have created a free, online account at this website.  Once both of you have accounts, you will be able to select your partner and submit an entry.  If you and your partner already have an account, you will not need to create another account.

Schedule of Events

Monday, February 12th

  • 1:00 PM - Shotgun Practice Round
  • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM – Players’ Cocktail Reception - Included with entry fee (cash bar)

Tuesday, February 13th

  • 6:30 AM - 9:00 AM – Breakfast at the club - included with entry fee (upstairs - Dukes Bar)
  • 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM – Player Registration (outside Golf Shop)
  • 8:00 AM - 9:50 AM – Round One tee times off of #1 and #10 tees
  • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM (approx.) – First Round luncheon - included with entry fee (upstairs - Main Ballroom)

Wednesday, February 14th

  • 6:30 AM - 9:00 AM – Breakfast at the club - included with entry fee (upstairs - Dukes Bar)
  • 9:00 AM – Final Round Shotgun
  • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (approx.) – Final Round luncheon and awards presentation - included with entry fee (upstairs - Main Ballroom)

Flighting

The Championship Division is gross only and will not be flighted.   

The Middle Division will be pre-flighted based on combined team handicaps.

Generally, divisions of more than 12 teams will be pre-flighted. Flights will be based on the number of teams and the range of combined team handicaps.

Breaking Ties

Championship Division - The overall Champion will be the team with the lowest total score.  In the event of a tie for first place, there will be a hole-by-hole sudden death playoff on a hole designated by the Committee to determine the Champions.

Middle Division – Ties for first place gross and first place net in each flight of the Middle Division will be broken by a modified FSGA tie break method.  The final day 18 hole respective score, whether gross or net, will be used to determine the first place gross or net team.  (If there is still a tie, the final 9 holes of the last day (holes #10-18) will be used to determine the winner.  If there is still a tie, the final 6 holes are used (holes #13-18); then if needed the final 3 holes (holes #16-18); then the final hole (hole #18); then by coin flip).

Middle Division will pay gross first, then net.

Handicap Requirements

The valid USGA Handicap Indexes used will be from the February 1, 2018 revision.  Each player must have a valid USGA Handicap Index no higher than 18.0 at time of entry.  However, all teams must have a combined team handicap of 14.0 or less at time of entry in order to gain entrance into the field in the Championship Division. Teams must choose which division they wish to compete in upon entry; the Championship or Middle Division.

Practice Rounds

Practice rounds are available on the Monday prior to the Championship (1:00 PM shotgun). Additional practice rounds may be available during the week prior to the Championship on a case-by-case basis, but there is no guarantee. The price for a practice round is $35.00 + tax. Even though the practice round is a shotgun, all players must call 561-795-3510 to register and reserve a spot. The proper place to practice your golf swing is on the driving range, hitting multiple shots on the course is unacceptable.

Defending Champions

Charlotte Daughan and Katie Miller won for a second consecutive year with an impressive 133 (-11) total. The duo jumped into the lead with a first round 65 (-7). They continued their strong start with birdies on holes 5, 8, 11, 13, and 16 to go 35-33 for a final round 68 to claim the title. This marked Daughan’s third consecutive Women’s International Four-Ball win and Miller’s second.

History

As the fourth championship in the Orange Blossom Tour that includes the Harder Hall Women's Invitational, the South Atlantic Amateur (SALLY), and the Ione D. Jones/Doherty Championship, the Women’s International Four-Ball carries a tremendous amount of history and prestige. First conducted in 1945 by the Jaycees of Hollywood, Florida, the early championships included the names of Babe Zaharias, Louise Suggs, Peggy Kirk-Bell, and other notables.

The Wanderers Club

The Wanderers Club is a challenging and unique Jacobsen Hardy design that is located in Palm Beach, North America's premiere equestrian community.  It's immaculate fairways and greens, spectacular practice facilities, and high-end club ambiance provide the avid golfer the atmosphere they desire.  The club is just minutes from the gorgeous and flourishing city of West Palm Beach where fine dining, shopping, and entertainment can easily be found.  Please click here to learn more about The Wanderers Club.

Other Policies

  • Spectator 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.

Host Hotel & Accommodations

Hampton Inn & Suites Wellington
2155 Wellington Green Drive
Wellington, FL 33411
561-472-9696
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$199 +tax per night - Identify yourself as an FSGA player

Directions - The Wanderers Club

1900 Aero Club Drive
Wellington, FL 33414
561-795-3510
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