Women's Mid-Amateur Championship

West Bay Club - Estero
May 4-5, 2019

ESTERO, Fla. – For the fifth time in the past seven years, it was Meghan Stasi who raised the trophy at the Women's Mid-Amateur Championship on Sunday. With nine players within five shots of the lead at the start of the round, Stasi captured the two-stroke victory with a 3-over 147 at West Bay Golf Club in Estero. 

Stasi began the day in a tie for fifth place, three stroke back of the leader. She started the round off the round strong with back-to-back birdies on the second and third holes. Stasi posted a 1-under for the front nine. 

After a double bogey on the 16th hole, the Fort Lauderdale native carded a pair of key birdies on the 17th and 18th to secure the win. She recorded a final-round 1-under 71, the only under-par round of the championship. 

Ina Kim and Tara Joy-Connelly finished in a tie for second place at 5-over 149. Kim, who held the first-round lead, struggled in the final round, but posted an eagle on the par-5 17th hole to take a share of second place. She recorded a final-round 3-over 76. 

Joy-Connelly began the final round with three-straight birdies. She finished the front nine at 2-over, after two double bogeys. The Vero Beach resident closed out the championship with an even-par back nine, posting a 2-over 73 in the final round. 

Kelli Pry took home a fourth place finish at 10-over 154, while Kim Benedict finished in fifth place at 11-over 155.

Final Leaderboard:

1 Meghan Stasi +3 (147)    
T2 Ina Kim +5 (149)
T2 Tara Joy-Connelly +5 (149)
4 Kelli Pry +10 (154)
5 Kim Benedict +11 (155)

Final Results

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Tee Information

Tee Yardage / Info
Championship 5,877 yds 73.9/133
Middle 5,291 yds 70.8/126
Forward 4,845 yds 68.1/120

Par: 72

Weather Information

Description Temp
Sunny Humid 88 °F
Sunny Humid 87 °F
Tournament Results
Position Name Rd.1 Rd.2 Total Score Points
1 Meghan Stasi 76 71 147 5000
T2 Tara Joy-Connelly 75 74 149 3000
T2 Ina Kim-Schaad 73 76 149 3000
4 Kelli Pry 78 76 154 2000
5 Kim Benedict 74 81 155 1750
Position Name Rd.1 Rd.2 Total Score Points
1 Sandie St. Onge 79 76 155 0
2 Meredith Blinn 76 86 162 0
3 Vilma Sapp 81 82 163 0
4 Janice Wilson 86 82 168 0
5 Elise Gordon 84 85 169 0
Position Name Rd.1 Rd.2 Total Score Points
1 Kerstin Koenig 81 91 172 0
2 Mary Minton 89 97 186 0
3 Gina McCabe 92 95 187 0
4 Linda Creps 92 103 195 0
5 Linda Davis 94 102 196 0
Position Name Rd.1 Rd.2 Total Score Points
1 Abbye Dorn 89 91 180 0
2 Fran Stock 91 90 181 0
3 Lynn Robbins 92 90 182 0
4 Beverly Ricketts 91 93 184 0
5 Gilda Perez 90 99 189 0
Position Name Rd.1 Rd.2 Total Score Points
1 Sharon Sheline 93 89 182 0
2 Kathy Gaff 97 93 190 0
3 Hilene Bilchik 106 93 199 0
4 Pamala Cleaveland 107 96 203 0
5 June Gilley 104 107 211 0
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Results

Entry Fee

$160 

$80  (Promoting Women's Golf Discount - Mid-Amateurs from 25 to 39 years of age based on first day of the championship - see discussion below)

Entry fee includes all competitive rounds of golf, tee gift, a player luncheon after the final round on Sunday, and gift certificate prizes. Late entries will be accepted subject to a $10 late entry fee should the entrant gain acceptance into the field.

Promoting Women's Golf - Discounted Entry Fee - In an effort to attract younger women back to competitive golf, the FSGA is reducing the entry fee for this event for women between the ages of 25 and 39 years old as of the first day of the competition. Women's mid-amateur golf faces a crisis and declining levels of participation. Reduced participation by women who leave the game after college also results in fewer future junior players being introduced to the game by their families. The FSGA is dedicated to making every possible effort to provide competitive golf that is accessible to women of all ages, including the early mid-amateurs who often face the most obstacles related to time and finances. The full entry price to this event for women over 39 is the SAME as in prior years and we hope all players will support this initiative to promote golf to all women. Please join us in spreading the word so that more women will join us at the championship and return to playing competitive golf on a regular basis.

Championship Format

  • 36 holes of individual stroke play
  • Three Divisions - Championship, Middle and Forward
  • The Overall Champion will be the individual from the Championship Division with the lowest 36-hole total score

Eligibility

  • Female amateur golfer
  • At least 25 years of age as of the first day of the Championship
  • A valid Florida GHIN Handicap Index not exceeding 34.0
  • Entrant is required to be a member of the FSGA

Championship Field Size

  •  Maximum of 84 players

Schedule of Events

Saturday, May 4th

  • 7:30 - 9:30 AM - Tournament Registration (located near pro-shop)
  • 8:00 - 9:57 AM - Round One tee times off #1 & #10 tees

Sunday, May 5th

  • 9:00 - Final Round shotgun
  • 12:30 - 2:00 PM (approx.) - Player's Awards Luncheon - Included with entry fee

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.

Divisions and Approximate Yardages

Players must select their division at the time of entry. A player may not switch divisions once pairings are posted. 

  • Championship Division - 5,800-6,000 yards approx. (Gross Only)
  • Middle Division - 5,300-5,500 yards approx. (Gross & Net)
  • Forward Division - 4,800-5,000 yards approx. (Gross & Net)

Suggested Handicap Guidelines

The following should be considered when selecting divisions:

  • Championship Division - 10.0 and Under
  • Middle Division - 11.0-18.0
  • Forward Division - 19.0 and Over

Committee Discretion: The Championship Committee reserves the right to move any player out of the Forward Division if their handicap is significantly lower than the majority of the competitors in that division, and their scoring history does not reflect the need to play from the Forward Division yardage. 

Handicaps

  • All valid Florida GHIN Handicap Indexes used will be from the April 15, 2019 revision. 
  • Each player must have a valid Florida GHIN Handicap Index not exceeding 34.0.
  • Players in the Middle and Forward Divisions will play to 100% of their course handicap.

It is the responsibility of any player that maintains a Handicap Index lower than her current Florida GHIN Handicap Index to inform the FSGA for resolution. Failure to do so will result in disqualification.

Flighting

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

The Middle and Forward Divisions will be pre-flighted based on individual handicaps.  

Generally, divisions of more than 14 individuals will be flighted, however the Committee reserves the right to flight based on the number of individuals and/or the range of individual handicaps or scores. 

Breaking Ties

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

Other Divisions - All ties in each flight of the Middle and Forward Divisions will be broken by the USGA scorecard match. The last 9 holes will be considered holes 10-18, the last 6 holes will be holes 13-18, the last 3 holes will be holes 16-18 and the last hole will be hole 18. In the case that players are still tied after the 18th hole, the winner will be determined by lot.

Middle and Forward Divisions will pay gross first, then net.

Practice Rounds

Practice rounds are available after 12:00 PM on the Saturday and Sunday prior to the Championship.  Practice rounds may be available during the week prior to the Championship. The price for a practice round is $35.00 + tax. Please call 239-948-3482 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 Mid-Amateur Champion

Kim Keyer-Scott found herself on top of the leader board for the second Championship in a row after an impressive two under-par 70 to take the lead by four strokes.  Keyer-Scott  started off strong with a birdie on her first hole, then continued on to bogey her second but quickly bounced back with birdies on holes four and five, making the turn at one-under with one final bogey. Starting off the back nine even stronger, Kim carded an eagle at the tenth and continued on steady with seven straight pars and a bogey finish to miss firing a 69. 

There must be something in the water in Bonita Springs. Just weeks after holding the over night lead in the Women's Senior Amateur, Keyer-Scott had set herself up for another successful weekend at the Mid-Amateur. Sunday's final round started similar to her first, with a birdie on the first hole, a bogey on the second and a 35 to make the turn. The back nine proved to be a bit more challenging as Keyer-Scott carded two bogeys and seven pars to finish with a solid 73.

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 Terms 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

Gulf Coast Town Center

Courtyard by Marriott 
10050 Gulf Center Dr.
Fort Myers, FL 33913
239-332-4747

Residence Inn by Marriott
10054 Gulf Center Dr. 
Fort Myers, FL 33913
239-332-7001

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Payment

West Bay Golf Club only accepts Visa/MasterCard, Amex, and Discover Card

Directions - West Bay Golf Club

4606 West Bay Boulevard
Estero, FL 33928
239-948-3482

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