Women's Senior Amateur Championship
April 7-8, 2015
Schlesinger Earns Women's Senior Victory
Ivy Steinberg, of Stouffville, Canada, stole the round one lead after battling the firm greens at Vero Beach Country Club. Despite her double bogey on hole 18, Steinberg was pleased with her score of 78 and one stroke lead over Lisa Schlesinger, Diane Lang, Tama Caldabaugh, and Laura Carson tied for second place. Mary Jane Hiestand, two-time defending champion, finished round one tied for eighth place with a score of 82.
Wednesday’s round led to an exciting finish with lower scores and a change at the top of the leaderboard. Steinberg faltered during round two, falling to tenth place with a tournament total 162. Lisa Schlessinger, of Fort Myers started round two with a different game plan, “I really need to focus on hitting greens” she said. Schlesinger did just that to climb from second place and capture the Women’s Senior Amateur Championship with a round two score of 75, four strokes better than Tuesday’s round. When asked about how it felt to win her first FSGA event, Lisa stated, “I’m always practicing and trying to improve, so it is nice to see a win come out of that”. Mary Jane Hiestand fought to seize second place by one stroke with a 74 finish, 156 tournament total. Taffy Brower, 2014 Hall of Fame inductee, earned first place honors in the Senior Championship First Flight with a tournament total 165.
In the Super-Senior Division, Nancy Chaffee, of Avon Park, never let the lead out of her sight during both rounds. Chaffee posted a 78, the lowest score of the day, to finish in first place, six strokes ahead of Kathie Westlund and Janet Field in second place. Chaffee followed up her first round with a final round of 85, for a total of 163, to capture the Super-Senior Championship title. Chaffee, who finished the Super-Senior Championship in third place last year, described her win by stating, “there are a lot of really talented ladies here in Florida. This just really feels incredible”. Kathie Westlund, of Fort Myers, captured second place, while Janet Field finished in third place with a total of 173.
The Senior Field Division, crowned two winners on Wednesday. In the First Flight, Meredith Blinn, of Sarasota, fired a tournament total 164 for a first place victory. Palm Harbour resident, Mary Lou Edwards, claimed first place in the Second Flight with a 174 total, two strokes ahead of second place. The Super-Senior Field Division crowned Nancy Hersey, of Greenacres, the champion due to her even-par total.
|Tee||Yardage / Info|
|Senior Championship||5,811 yds. 74.0/129|
|Senior Field/Super-Senior Championship||5,438 yds. 71.9/125|
|Super-Senior Field||4,889 yds. 68.7/119|
|Sunny & Breezy||77 °F|
Entries Close Wednesday, March 25th, 2015
$175 per competitor
Vero Beach Country Club, located in Vero Beach, home of the best Florida beaches on the Treasure Coast, is the venue for the Women's Senior Amateur Championship. Not only does the Senior Amateur offer great competition between the top senior women amateurs in the state, but there are beachside restaurants, boat or kayak tours of the Indian River Lagoon, and the historic downtown Vero Beach to enjoy after the round. Click the picture below to learn all that Vero Beach has to offer! For a look at the 2014 Championship Results Click Here.
- 36 holes of individual stroke play
- 84 total competitors
- Four Divisions - Senior Championship, Senior Field, Super-Senior Championship or Super-Senior Field Division.
- Players may select their division at the time of entry, as long as they meet the eligibility requirements.
- The overall champions will be the individuals from the Senior and Super-Senior Championship Divisions with the lowest 36-hole total score.
- Must be a female amateur member of the FSGA and have reached 50 years of age by April 7, 2015.
- Players must be 65 years or older as of April 7, 2015 to be eligible to play in the Super-Senior Division, if they so choose.
- Female amateurs with a valid Florida GHIN Handicap Index of 34.0 or less.
*Entry fee includes all competitive rounds of golf, lunch after the final round, and gift certificates. Late entries will be accepted subject to a $10 late entry fee should the entrant gain acceptance into the field.
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 be 65 years or older as of April 7, 2015 to be eligible to play in the Super-Senior Division, if they so choose. There will be both a Championship (Gross) and Field (Gross & Net) Division in each age bracket. Players must select which Division and Field they wish to compete in upon entry. No player may play in both age brackets or Divisions within age brackets.
- Senior Championship Division - 5,900 yards approx. (Gross Only)
- Senior Field Division - 5,400 yards approx. (Gross & Net)
- Super-Senior Championship Division - 5,400 yards approx. (Gross Only)
- Super-Senior Field Division - 4,900 yards approx. (Gross & Net)
Tuesday, April 7th
- 7:00 AM - 9:30 AM – Tournament Registration (located near pro shop)
- 8:00 AM - 9:57 AM – Round One tee times off of #1 and #10 tees
Wednesday, April 8th
- 8:30 AM - Final Round Shotgun
- 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (approx.) – Player's Awards luncheon - Included with entry fee
The Championship Divisions may be flighted after the first round based upon scores.
The Field Divisions will likely be pre-flighted based on individual handicaps and the number of competitors.
Generally, divisions of more than 10 individuals will be flighted, however the Committee reserves the right to flight based on the number of individuals and/or the range of combined individual handicaps or scores.
Championship Divisions - The overall Senior and Super-Senior Champions will be the individuals from their respective Championship Divisions with the lowest 36-hole total score. In the event of a tie for first place in the Championship Divisions, there will be a hole-by-hole sudden death playoff on a hole designated by the Committee to determine the Champion.
Other Divisions - Ties for first place gross and first place net in each flight of the Senior and Super-Senior Field Divisions will be broken by a modified USGA 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 individual. (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; then if needed the final 3 holes; then the final hole; then by coin flip)
- All valid Florida GHIN Handicap Indexes used will be from the March 15, 2015 revision.
- Each player must have a valid Florida GHIN Handicap Index no higher than 34.0.
- Players in the Middle and Forward Divisions will play to 100% of their course handicap.
Practice rounds are available after noon on the Saturday and Sunday prior to the Championship. Practice rounds may be available during the week prior to the Championship on a space available basis. The price for a practice round is $35.00 + tax. Please call (772) 562-2775 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 Senior Champion
Mary Jane Hiestand, of Naples, claimed her second Women's Senior Amateur Champion title in a row by adding her 2014 win at Golden Ocala & Equestrian Club (Ocala) to her 2013 win at Worthington Country Club (Bonita Springs). Hiestand finished the tournament four over-par (148), seven strokes ahead of Lin McMillan, to seize her victory.
Defending Super-Senior Champion
In the Super-Senior Division, Tinker Sanger, of North Palm Beach, was crowned 2014 Champion. Sanger consistently kept her first place lead after round one to finish with a tournament total 167, three strokes ahead of Diane Armet. Armet finished in second place followed by Nancy Chaffee and Kathie Westlund who were tied for third with a tournament total 170.
Vero Beach Country Club
Not only is Vero Beach Country Club located in beautiful Vero Beach, but the course itself features hole-by-hole variety and different layouts that lead to shot making decisions! Vero Beach Country Club has also been host to other FSGA championships, including the Men's Senior Amateur, Men's Mid-Amateur Stroke Play, Men's Senior/Mid-Amateur, and the Women's Senior Amateur. Click here to learn more about Vero Beach Country Club.
- Spectator 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.
Host Hotel and Accommodations
The SpringHill Suites in Vero Beach will serve as the host hotel for the Women's Senior Amateur. The discounted rate for FSGA Players is $155 per room per night. For reservations please call 772-978-9292, and identify yourself as an FSGA Competitor. For more details on the hotel, please click here.
Vero Beach Country Club only accepts Visa/Mastercard, American Express, and Cash for payment
Directions to Vero Beach Country Club
800 30th Street
Vero Beach, FL 32960