Women's Amateur Championship
June 13-17, 2018
Tomlinson Wins Women's Amateur
Stroke Play Qualifying Rounds
The 2018 Women's Amateur saw some great rounds on both days of stroke play qualifying taking place at The Falls Club and Quail Ridge Country Club. Our leader on the first day, Sophie Guo, fired a stellar 66, six under par, to take the lead by two shots. Competition was close behind as eleven players were under par. The second round separated those who would move on to the match play portion of the tournament and those who would go home. Guo, once again played consistently as she fires a 67, five under par. This was enough to earn her the stroke play medalist and earn her the number one seed going into the match play rounds. Following right behind her with scores of 69 and 66 is Taylor Roberts and nine more players at par or better. The 64 player cut line is set at a score of 155, eleven over par, after both rounds of stroke play. Two players tied with the score of 155 will be going into a sudden death play-off to determine the last and final seed into the match play field. Julia Matzat earns the final seed after a play-off against Mackenzie Dieter to move on to tomorrow's round of 64.
Round of 64
The round of 64 began Thursday morning and saw the sight of 32 victors who would be moving on in the competition. Leading that pack is the stroke play medalist, Sophie Guo, defeating Julia Matzat 8&6. Morgan Baxendale, current golfer for Vanderbilt University also moves on after defeating Gaby Amos. Last year's runner up, Jamie Freedman, showed her fight to the 2018 title as she won her morning match against University of Florida golfer Lauren Waidner. Along with Freedman is last year's semifinalist Karoline Tuttle, who defeated Claire Albert 2 up. Another notable player to move on is last year's Women's Stroke Play Champion Roanne Tomlinson who took the victory against Isabel Herrera 6&5. The longest morning match was played by Valentina Haupt and Erikah Neger. The match lasted 21 holes with Haupt winning. We also had an impressive hole in one by Lauren Heinlein on the 16th hole. This marks her third hole in one. The impressive field of players who have moved on are scheduled to begin their round of 32 matches this afternoon.
Round of 32
As we draw nearer to crowning this year's Women's Amateur Champion, the pressure continues to grow with each passing round. Our stroke play medalist, Sophie Guo, continued her impressive week with a 3&2 victory over Marisa Messana. The round of 32 also saw its fair share of matches go into extra holes; Amelia Root punched her ticket into the Round of 16 after defeating last year's runner-up Jamie Freedman on their 19th hole. The match was back-and-forth the whole round, but it was a 19th hole birdie that advanced Amelia. Stroke play qualifying runner-up Taylor Roberts continues to show us she will be a strong contender heading into this weekend's matches. Roberts strung together 4 birdies through 14 holes as she bested fellow Florida Junior Tour player Madison Hewlett 5&4. Tomorrow morning's matches should provide plenty of drama as each player strengthens their plans on how to attack this golf course.
Round of 16
As Saturday morning began, the top 16 players teed off in hopes of making it to the afternoon matches. Sophie Guo was unable to defeat Emma Bradley, who did not let the match sway any farther than all square. At the turn Bradley was 2 up and continued her streak to eventually win 4&2 over the number one seed. Defending Stroke Play Champion, Roanne Tomlinson, was fighting through her first nine holes, getting as far back as 3 down to Lauren Heinlein. Tomlinson turned things around on the back side, winning 11, 12, 13 and 14 in a row, halving 15 and sealing her 3&2 victory on the tricky par 3 16th. In the match between Alex Rivas and Mindy Herrick, Herrick was dominating the match until Rivas was able to bring it back to all square and force the match into extra holes. After pars on the 19th and 20th holes, Herrick prevailed on the par 3 3rd to win in 21 holes.
Sophia Dieter and Taylor Roberts went back and forth, but steady golf and pars allowed Dieter to secure her spot in the Quarterfinals, winning 1 up. Karoline Tuttle and Sydney Shrader's match also saw an extra hole, but with a birdie on the par 5 1st, Tuttle punched her ticket to the afternoon. Carolin Schart defeated Amanda Gartrell 2&1 after an all square match at the turn, winning holes 14 and 15 and staying steady with pars on 16 and 17. In the final match, long hitter Anita Uwadia, who began the match 1 down after two holes to Paloma Vaccaro, was able to come back on the last nine to grab the final spot in the quarterfinals.
After being down throughout the majority of the front nine, Roanne Tomlinson was able to bring her match against Emma Bradley back to all square at the turn. From there, Tomlinson birdied holes 10 and 13 to give her a 2 up lead and secure her spot in the semifinals with a 2&1 victory. The same story goes for Mindy Herrick, fighting her way through the front nine and the first half of the back, Herrick was finally able to win the 15th to bring her match against Kendall Griffin to 1 up with three to play. After a birdie on the 17th, Herrick won her match 2&1. Sophia Dieter and Karoline Tutle's match started off all square, but Tuttle quickly took the lead winning holes 2, 5, 6 and 7 to go 4 up at the turn. With another victory on 10, Tuttle was 5 up with 8 to play. Dieter fought back to win the 11th hole, but after a steady par on the 13th, Tuttle won 5&4. The final match between Carolin Schart and Anita Uwadia saw Carolin with the advantage through the first 12 holes. Uwadia was able to bring their match back to all square with a birdie on 13, but winning the 15th and eventually the 18th allowed Carolin a 1 up victory.
After the match lasted an extra hole, Roanne Tomlinson defeated Mindy Herrick during the first match of the day on Sunday. Karoline Tuttle continued her winning streak by advancing past Carolin Schart, 3&1, to reach the Finals! Tuttle, coming off of a win on the Florida Junior Tour, would face Roanne Tomlinson, 2017 Stroke Play Champion, in the final match Sunday afternoon.
Tomlinson and Tuttle went head to head to determine a new Women’s Amateur Champion! Despite a birdie on the first hole, Tomlinson made three bogies in a row on holes two through four. With another birdie on hole five and bogey on hole seven, Tomlinson made the turn at 38 (+2), 1 up. Tuttle carded three bogies and the remaining holes pars to start the back-nine 1 down. A birdie on hole number 10 showed Tomlinson’s determination to be crowned Champion! Tuttle lost some ground with a bogey on the 10th hole and remained two-down until another bogey on the 14th hole put her three-down with four holes to play. Tomlinson capitalized on the opportunity and birdied the 15th hole for a 4&3 victory! Roanne Tomlinson, of Lake Mary, can add a second FSGA Championship win to her resume!
|Tee||Yardage / Info|
|The Falls Club||6,059 yds 75.8/141|
|Quail Ridge||6,034 yds 75.3/134|
|Lightning Delay||81 °F|
The Women's Amateur Championship is the oldest and most prestigious event on the Women's Championship schedule. Located in Lake Worth, The Falls Club of the Palm Beaches hosts the 2018 Women's Amateur along with Quail Ridge Country Club as the co-host for the first two rounds. Participants will have the opportunity to experience two beautiful golf courses. In its 89th 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 64 for match play.
- 36 holes of individual stroke play at The Falls Club and Quail Ridge Country Club (South Course) to determine the 64 qualifiers for match play
- All players play 18 holes each at The Falls Club and Quail Ridge Country Club on Wednesday and Thursday
- A tie for last qualifier's place with be decided immediately by a hole-by-hole play-off
- For purposes of determining places in the draw, ties in qualifying rounds will be decided by a blind draw
- In the event of a tied match, the stipulated round is deemed to extend to as many holes as are required for a match to be won.
- All match play rounds will be played at The Falls Club
- Single elimination match play; no handicaps and no consolation matches or flights
Championship Field Size
- Maximum of 156 players
- Female amateur golfer
- Florida residency required
- A valid USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 14.4
- Entrant is not required to be a member of the FSGA
$160 (for GHIN handicap members)
$170 (for non-GHIN handicap members)
Entry fee includes all competitive rounds of golf, tee gift, and lunches for players after the final round of stroke play (Thursday), and during the last two 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.
Schedule of Events
Wednesday, June 13th
7:00 - 9:00 AM - Player Registration at The Falls Club only
8:00 - 9:48 AM - Round One tee times off #1 & #10 at The Falls Club (Stroke play)
- 8:00 - 9:48 AM - Round One tee times off #1 & #10 at Quail Ridge CC (Stroke play)
Thursday, June 14th
7:00 - 9:00 AM - Player Registration at The Falls Club only
8:00 AM - Round Two tee times off #1 & #10 at The Falls Club (Stroke play)
- 8:00 AM - Round Two tee times off #1 & #10 at Quail Ridge CC (Stroke play)
Field cut to low 64 (Play-off to immediately follow play, if needed, at The Falls Club)
- Lunch buffet provided
*Note: You will register at The Falls Club on the assigned day you play your stroke play round there*
Friday, June 15th
8:00 - 9:45 AM - Round of 64 Matches, tee times off #1 & #10 at The Falls Club
12:30 PM - Round of 32 Matches, tee times off #1 & #10 at The Falls Club
Saturday, June 16th
8:00 - 9:00 AM - Round of 16 Matches, tee times off #1 at The Falls Club
12:15 PM - Quarterfinal Matches, tee times off #1 at The Falls Club
- Lunch provided to match play competitors
Sunday, June 17th
8:00 - 8:15 AM - Semifinal Matches, tee times off #1 at The Falls Club
12:00 PM - Championship 18-hole Match, tee time off #1 at The Falls Club
Lunch provided to match play competitors
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.
- 5,900 - 6,100 yards (Gross Only)
Shannon Aubert and Jamie Freedman headed to the first tee one last time to begin the Finals of the 88th Women's Amateur Championship. Freedman continued her steady play into the afternoon, winning the first hole and remained 1 up through the first six holes. It wasn't until the dog leg seventh that Aubert was able to stick a tight wedge shot and sink her birdie putt to bring the match back to all square. Freedman then continued on to win 10 with a birdie and bring her back to 1 up. Both players continued their steady play, matching shot for shot, but Freedman constantly kept the lead, never letting Aubert get to 1 up. It wasn't until Aubert stuck her second shot on 17 to a foot that she finally was able to take the lead in the match. Heading into the final hole, Freedman would not give up the fight, birdying the par 5 18th and forcing extra holes. The long approach shot into the first green made for a tough challenge, but Aubert was able to come away with a steady up and down par to capture the title.
Practice rounds are available one week prior to the championship, after 10:00 AM the Tuesday prior at The Falls and 11:00 AM the Tuesday prior at Quail Ridge, and after 12:00 PM the weekend prior on a space available basis. Practice rounds can ONLY be booked one week prior. Includes cart and range balls prior to the round. The price for a practice round is $35.00 + tax. Please call 561-439-9512 to arrange your practice round at The Falls Club and 561-737-5100 at Quail Ridge CC. The proper place to practice your golf swing is on the driving range, hitting multiple shots on the course is unacceptable.
- 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.
Host Hotel and Accommodations
Courtyard Marriott Boynton Beach
1601 N Congress Ave
Boynton Beach, FL 33426
$85 +tax per night
Click here to book online or
Call 877-550-3841 using "FSGA" room block
Hampton Inn & Suites Boynton Beach
1475 Gateway Blvd
Boynton Beach, FL 33426
$94 +tax per night w/ breakfast
Click here to book online or call using "FSGA" group rate
The Falls Club accepts Visa, MasterCard and Amex. Quail Ridge CC accepts CASH ONLY for practice rounds and food & beverage, however they accept credit cards for golf shop merchandise purchases.
The Falls Club of the Palm Beaches
6455 Jog Road
Lake Worth, FL 33467
Quail Ridge Country Club
3715 Golf Road
Boynton Beach, FL 33436