Women's Mid-Amateur Championship
April 21-22, 2018
Keyer-Scott Wins First State Title
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 bogie her second but quickly bounced back with birdies on holes four and five, making the turn at one-under with one final bogie. Starting off the back nine even stronger, Kim carded an eagle at the tenth and continued on steady with seven straight pars and a bogie finish to miss firing a 69. Mary Jane Hiestand, 2017 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur Runner-Up and Senior Player of the Year, lurked close behind at two over-par, 74. Sarah Matin and Lin Culver were tied for third going into Sunday, following closely behind Hiestand and five strokes off the lead at three over-par, 75.
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 bogie 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 bogies and seven pars to finish with a solid 73. Kim posted two consistent rounds, finishing the weekend one under-par, 70-73--143, to win her first FSGA Championship by seven strokes. Ina Kim came back on Sunday to post even par 72 and finish in solo second with a two day total of 150. Mary Jane Hiestand concluded the weekend in solo third, and nine strokes off the lead, at 152. Defending Champion, Meghan Stasi, finished in fourth after a rough first round of 80, closing out the weekend at nine over-par, 153.
In the Middle Division, Kim Childress, of Orlando, claimed a two stroke victory with rounds of 80-82—162. Elise Gordon, of Lantana, finished in second place with a 164 total. Kerstin Koenig, of Naples, won the Middle First Flight by one stroke with rounds of 90-83—173.
The Forward Division concluded in a tie between Gilda Perez and Cindy Kinjo-Hardart, both from Orlando, with totals of 173. Tamara Boardwine and Sharon Sheline won the Forward First Flight with two day totals of 191. The net results saw Melissa Gotfredson win with a 146 in the Middle Division, Sallyna Lipae won the Middle First Flight with a 144 total, Tiffany Benedetto won the Forward Division with a 137 total, and Victoria Goitz won the Forward First Flight with a total of 132.
The Women's Championship schedule is back in action heading to Palm City for the Inaugural Women's Shoot-Out Championship at Piper's Landing Y & CC and then to Lake Worth for the 89th Women's Amateur Championship June 13-17 hosted by The Falls Club of the Palm Beaches and Quail Ridge Country Club.
|Tee||Yardage / Info|
|Championship||5,918 yds. 74.5/129|
|Middle||5,382 yds. 71.5/123|
|Forward||4,925 yds. 69.3/117|
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In its sixth year, the Women's Mid-Amateur Championship will return to Sugar Mill Country Club located in historic New Smyrna Beach. Pack your camera and some beach clothes, and enjoy the historic sites, antique shopping on Flagler Avenue or Canal Street, unique restaurants and beautiful beaches. Add two rounds of golf and your fun weekend in New Smyrna Beach is complete! For a look at the 2017 Championship Results click here.
- 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
Championship Field Size
- Maximum of 84 players
- 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
$160 - Entry fee includes all competitive rounds of golf, tee gift, a player luncheon after the final round on Sunday April 22nd, and gift certificate prizes. Late entries will be accepted subject to a $10 late entry fee should the entrant gain acceptance into the field.
Schedule of Events
Saturday, April 21st
- 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, April 22nd
- 8:00 - Round Two shotgun
- 12:30 - 2:00 PM (approx.) - Player's Awards Luncheon - Included with entry fee
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:
- 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.
- All valid Florida GHIN Handicap Indexes used will be from the April 1, 2018 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.
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.
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 a USGA score card 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 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 386-426-5210 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
Meghan Stasi, of Oakland Park, defended her title as Mid-Amateur Champion with an exciting play-off victory. Stasi came from behind with a three under-par 69 to tie Ina Kim for the lead. Stasi played consistently both rounds carding four birdies each day and entered the play-off with confidence. Stasi and Kim headed to the 18th hole to battle for the crystal.
Kim carded an easy par while Stasi had to make a tough four-foot putt to keep the play-off alive. With two pars, Stasi and Kim headed back to the 18th tee box for the last time as Stasi drained a 30-foot putt from above the hole to be crowned back-to-back Champion. Stasi has won every Women's Mid-Amateur Championship she has competed in.
Sugar Mill Country Club
Sugar Mill Country Club has been host to the the US Women's Open Sectional, Mid-Am Stroke Play, Mid-Am Four-Ball, Mid-Senior Four-Ball, Junior Match Play, and a FJT Tour Championship. With a commitment to preserve nature, Sugar Mill Country Club offers beautiful scenery along with a shot makers layout. It is located in the historic beach town of New Smyrna Beach, which offers many sites to see and beaches to visit. Click here to view Sugar Mill Country Club.
- 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 and Accommodations
Hampton Inn New Smyrna Beach
214 Flagler Avenue
New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169
$116 +tax per night
Call using our group code "FSA" to book at our discount rate. Must reserve by April 4th.
SpringHill Suites New Smyrna Beach (NEW!)
512 Flagler Avenue
New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169
15% off current posted rate +tax per night. Two night minimum.
Click here to make a reservation
Sugar Mill Country Club only accepts Cash and Visa/MasterCard.
Directions - Sugar Mill Country Club
100 Club House Circle
New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168