Women's Four-Ball Championship
March 18-19, 2017
Nachmann and Williams Clinch Four-Ball
Unlike the wild thunder storms that crashed the 2016 Women's Four-Ball Championship, sunny skies and a cool breeze made for perfect playing conditions for the 2017 Championship. The Women's Four-Ball Championship, hosted by Santa Lucia River Club for the second consecutive year, began Saturday morning with an 8:30 AM shotgun start. Partners Kim Keyer-Scott and Margaret Ference came in firing an impressive four-under par 68 to sit in first place by one stroke over junior duo Elle Nachmann and Dana Williams. The teams of Meghan Stasi/Tara Bolger and Mary Jane Hiestand/Marie Arnoux sat tied for third with a pair of 70's.
Sunday's final round began at 8:30 AM with identical playing conditions and more numbers in the red. The team of Meghan Stasi and younger sister Tara Bolger, kept up their hot streak and posted a one-under par 71 to finish the tournament with a two day total of three-under 141. Keyer-Scott and Ference also played consistently throughout the day, finishing with a 73, but both teams were no match for Nachmann and Williams who continued their red streak by posting a one-under par 71 and capturing the title by one stroke with a four-under par finish at 140. The Women's Four-Ball Championship marks both Nachmann and Williams' first Florida State Golf Association Championship wins. Elle Nachmann will be graduating high school in 2021 and Dana Williams in 2019.
Teammates Debbie O'Brien and Diane Armet were no match for players in the Middle Division, posting the only red number, two-under par 70, on Saturday's round one. The team of Lucy Sievers and Patricia Gelardi stood in solo second with a round one score of 80, while Myra Macmillian and Barbara Pagana would head into the final round in third place with an 82. Round two was not as kind to O'Brien and Armet, but their initial ten stroke lead allowed their second round 78 to lead them to the title in the Middle Division, winning with a two day total of 148. In 2016, O'Brien and Armet captured the title in the Middle Division First Flight. Teammates Sievers and Gelardi held their second place spot finishing with a two day total of 158.
Defending Forward Division Champions, Luanne Zabytko and Anita Venner, captured the title in the Middle Division First Flight by seven strokes with consistent rounds of 79-79-158. Finishing in second place was the team of Liza Porter and Gina Gillman while duo Elise Gordon and Barbara Martin captured third. Teammates Mary Marshall and Mourine White were victorious in the Forward Division, finishing the tournament with a total of 84-90-174.
The Women's Championship schedule heads to Fort Lauderdale Country Club on April 4-5th for the Women's Senior Amateur Championship.
|Tee||Yardage / Info|
|Championship||5,792 yds. 74.7/141|
|Middle||5,312 yds. 72.0/135|
|Forward||4,928 yds. 70.1/128|
|Light Breeze||70 °F|
|Brisk Morning||70 °F|
Please join us for the Women's Four-Ball Championship to be conducted at the beautiful Santa Lucia River Club. Grab a friend and plan a weekend full of fun and competitive golf right off the St. Lucie River. For a look at the 2016 Championship Results click here.
- 36 holes of four-ball stroke play, (commonly known as a two-person, best-ball)
- Maximum of 48 total teams
- Three divisions - Championship (gross only), Middle (gross and net), and Forward Division (gross and net)
- Teams must select their division at the time of entry
- The overall Champion will be the team from the Championship Division with the lowest 36-hole total score
- Female amateur golfers
- One entrant must be at least 16 years of age as of the first day of the Championship
- A valid Florida GHIN Handicap Index not exceeding 34.0
- Both entrants are required to be members of the FSGA
$380 (per team)
Entry fee includes all competitive rounds of golf, tee gift, a player luncheon after the first round, an awards luncheon after the final round, and gift certificate prizes. Late entries will be accepted subject to a $10 late entry fee should the team gain acceptance into the field.
Schedule of Events
Saturday, March 18th
6:45 AM - 7:45 AM – Registration
8:30 AM - Round One shotgun
- 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM (approx.) – Player luncheon - Included in entry fee
Sunday, March 19th
8:30 AM – Final Round shotgun
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM (approx.) – Awards luncheon - Included in 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
Championship Division - 5,800-6,000 yards (gross only, no flights)
Middle Division - 5,300-5,500 yards (gross and net, pre-flighted)
Forward Division - 4,800-5,000 yards (gross and net, pre-flighted)
Suggested Handicap Guidelines
The following should be considered when selecting divisions.
Handicap differential between partners may be no more than eight (8) strokes.
- Championship Division - 18.0 & Under
- Middle Division - 19.0-34.0
- Forward Division - 35.0-68.0
Committee Discretion: The Championship Committee reserves the right to move any team out of the Forward Division if their team handicap (or an individual partner's 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 March 1, 2017 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 95% of their course handicap
- The course handicap differential between partners in the net divisions 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)
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 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.
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 Champion. All other tie breaks 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.
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.
Practice rounds are available one week prior to the Championship on a space available basis and after 12:00 PM the weekend before. The price for a practice round is $35.00 + tax and includes cart and range balls prior to the round. Visa and Mastercard are only accepted in the Pro Shop. Please call (772) 337-5315 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.
The final round was full of excitement as the team of Katie Williamson, of Deerfield Beach, and Sarah Noonan, of Vero Beach, slowly advanced up the learderboard as round one leaders started to falter. By birdying five out of their last nine holes the duo fired an impressive final round score of seven under-par, 65, five under-par tournament total of 139. Williamson and Noonan, both active Florida Junior Tour players, captured their first FSGA Championship victory by five strokes! When asked about their second round the two stated that their “goal was to not make any bogeys,” which they accomplished with a birdie on their final hole. Williamson will be attending Florida Gulf Coast University in the fall and Noonan will be graduating high school in 2017.
- 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
Due to the high volume of MLB Spring Training games, there is no hotel block.Directions - Santa Lucia River Club