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Women's Senior Amateur Championship

Lexington Country Club, Fort Myers, FL

April 22-24, 2024


FORT MYERS, Fla. – Terrill Samuel raises the trophy as Women’s Senior Amateur champion for the third consecutive year. Samuel rallied on her final nine of the tournament to seize the victory by one stroke over the field.

In addition, Joy Passalacqua wins the Super-Senior Championship division, outlasting the field by one stroke.

Senior Championship Division

Lexington Country Club proved to be a great test of golf for each competitor. The course forced shot placement, and the fast, undulating, greens challenged the short game. First and second round leader, Wendi Christensen explained, “It’s a great course. I really like the fact that you have to think your way around. There are definitely some placement shots, and it is not a course that you can get lazy with. But I love it, it’s fun to play.” The leaderboard certainly was not lazy throughout the event as it remained tight at the top, with ultimately an experienced champion grabbing the win.

The first round began on Monday for the Senior Championship Division. Christensen lead the way with a three-over par, 75. She posted two birdies over the eighteen holes to emerge with the lead in windy conditions. Terrill Samuel and Kathy Glennon shared second place only one stroke behind Christensen.

The leaderboard remained close as the second round progressed. Therese Quinn made moves up the leaderboard firing a two-over par, 74 to sit in second place only one stroke off the lead. In addition, Kathy Glennon also moved into a share of the lead with Christensen. Christensen explained that she was simply focusing on hitting one shot at a time in order to stay in the game mentally and hold on to her lead. She also said, “I am really happy with my tee shots right now and it is giving me a great opportunity to hit a good approach into most greens.”

However, things took a turn in the final round. Terrill Samuel entered the final round one stroke off the lead and she stated, “I did not really think I had a chance to win, especially when I got off to a bad start.” Samuel started off one-over through four holes. In the meantime, Christensen, Glennon, and Gigi Higgins all took turns holding the lead. However, it was on the final nine that things started to change, and more specifically on the fourteenth hole. After consecutive bogeys on holes ten and eleven, Samuel had fallen out of the lead. However, she kicked into high gear when she made a birdie on the fourteenth hole, a par-three over the water. Samuel sunk a long putt and then continued on to make another birdie on the sixteenth hole. She hit tight approach shots on the final two holes coming in and made par on each to grab the victory by one stroke over Kathy Glennon. Samuel explained, “I finally made a putt on fourteen, and then a two-putt birdie on sixteen really helped me out. I did not even realize I had won when I finished on the eighteenth.”

Glennon hung in the entire round, however a bogey on the last hole left her one shot short of a playoff with Samuel for the victory. Christensen finished in solo third place with a tournament total of thirteen-over par. Moreover, this victory marks Samuel’s third consecutive win as the Women’s Senior Amateur champion only one victory short of tying four-time champion, Mary Jane Hiestand.

Super-Senior Championship Division

The Super-Senior Championship Division began their first round on Tuesday, and competed over thirty-six holes. Defending champion, Marianne Springer held the lead after the first round, posting a five-over par, 77. She held a two-stroke lead over Barbara Harrison and Joy Passalacqua.

Springer extended her lead to three strokes as she started the final round. However, Passalacqua made a charge carding three birdies in her first nine holes. She held consistent on the back with pars, and only three bogeys to outlast Springer by one stroke. The defending champion finished in solo second place, and Laura Carson secured a solo third place finish.

Field Divisions

Senior Field – Gross

First Place: Micki Cuppet, 82-82

Second Place: Kerstin Koenig, 84-85

Third Place: Betsy Knights, 82-87

Senior Field – Net

First Place: Kerstin Koenig, 70-71

Second Place: Micki Cuppet, 77-77

Third Place: 77-77

Super-Senior Field – Gross

First Place: Linda Sturges, 83-81

Second Place: Linda Davis, 90-83

Third Place: Sydney Dunning, 90-85

Super-Senior Field – Net

First Place: Linda Sturges, 73-71

Second Place: Linda Davis, 78-71

Third Place: Sydney Dunning, 77-72

Tee Information


Yardage / Info

Senior Championship

5,659 yds. 72.7/131

Senior Field

5,288 yds. 70.7/128

Super- Senior Championship

5,288 yds. 70.7/128

Super-Senior Field

4,801 yds. 68.2/118

Par: 72

Weather Information




Wind 5-10 mph

81 °F


Wind Gusts 20 mph

75 °F

Tournament Results

PosPosition Name Rd.1 Rd.2 Rd.3 TotalTotal Score Points
1 Terrill Samuel 76 76 74 226 5000
2 Kathy Glennon 76 75 76 227 3500
3 Wendi Christensen 75 76 78 229 2500
T4 Gigi Higgins 79 75 77 231 1875
T4 Therese Quinn 78 74 79 231 1875
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Tournament Summary

Format54 holes of individual stroke play (Senior Championship Division Only)

  • 36 holes of individual stroke play (Super-Senior Championship and Field Divisions)

Eligibility Florida resident, FSGA member, must be at least 50 years of age

  • FSGA Adult Member at least 50 years or older (Senior Division)
  • FSGA Adult Member at least 65 years or older (Super-Senior Division)

Handicap:  Florida GHIN 34.0 or less

Entry Fee:  Championship Divisions - $320

  • Super-Senior Championship & Field Divisions - $265

Championship Format

  • 54 holes of individual stroke play - Senior Championship Division
  • 36 holes of individual stroke play - Super-Senior Championship and Field Divisions
  • Four Divisions - Senior Championship, Senior Field, Super-Senior Championship, Super-Senior Field
  • The overall Champions will be the individuals from the Senior and Super-Senior Championship Divisions with the lowest 54 and 36-hole total score


  • Female amateur golfers
  • Florida residency required
  • At least 50 years of age as of the first day of the Championship
  • At least 65 years of age as of the first day of the Championship to select to play in the Super-Senior Division at time of entry
  • A valid Florida GHIN Handicap Index not exceeding 34.0 at time of entry
  • Entrant is required to be a member of the FSGA

Entry Fee

  • $320 - Senior Championship Division
  • $265 - Super-Senior Championship and Field Divisions
  • Includes all competitive rounds of golf, tee gift, lunch following play on the final day, 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

  • Monday, April 22nd
    • 7:00 AM - 9:30 AM - Player registration
    • 8:00 AM - 9:57 AM - Round one tee times off the 1st tee
      • Senior Championship Division Only
  • Tuesday, April 23rd
    • 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM - Player Registration
    • 8:00 AM - 9:57 AM - Tee times off the 1st and 10th tees - All divisions
  • Wednesday, April 24th
    • 8:30 AM - Final round shotgun - All divisions
    • Awards presentation and luncheon immediately following play

Entry Priority

The following players have entry priority provided they submit an entry prior to the entry priority deadline of March 13th, 2024. The FSGA will hold 65% of the total field for the Championship and Super-Senior Championship Divisions until March 13th, after which, entries will be accepted based upon order of receipt. 

  • Last 10 Women's Senior Amateur Champions
  • The Low Senior Amateur from last year's Florida Women's Senior Open
  • Top 10 players and tied from last year's Women's Senior Amateur Player of the Year Points List
  • Semifinalists from last year's Women's Senior Amateur Match Play Championship (Championship Division)
  • Finalists from last year's Women's Senior Amateur Match Play Championship (Super-Senior Championship Division)
  • Any player qualifying for last year's U.S. Senior Women's Open Championship
  • Any player qualifying for last year's U.S. Senior Women's Amateur Championship
  • Committee Exemptions

After the Entry Priority Deadline

  • Entries received after the entry priority deadline of March 13, 2024, will be accepted based upon order of receipt.

After the Close of Entries 

  • 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 by Division, if and when a spot becomes available. 

The FSGA may hold an undisclosed number of spots for exceptional circumstances


  • The Championship Divisions are gross only and will not be flighted.   

  • The Field Divisions will be pre-flighted based on individual handicaps.

Generally, divisions of more than 14 individuals will be pre-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

Handicap Requirments

  • All valid Florida GHIN Handicap Indexes used will be from 7 days prior to the championship start date
  • Each player must have a valid Florida GHIN Handicap Index not exceeding 34.0
  • Players in the Field Divisions will play to 95% of their course handicap

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

Suggested Handicap Guidelines

The following should be considered when selecting divisions

  • Senior Championship Division - 12.0 & Under
  • Senior Field Division - 13.0 & Over
  • Super-Senior Championship Division - 12.0 & Under
  • Super-Senior Field Division - 13.0 & Over

Committee Discretion: The Championship Committee reserves the right to move any player out of the Senior Field or Super-Senior Field 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 either of those yardages

Breaking Ties

  • Championship Division – The overall Senior and Super-Senior Champions will be the individuals from their respective Championship Division 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 Champions.
  • Field Divisions – All ties in each flight of the Field Divisions will be broken by the FSGA tie breaking method (Modified USGA). The final day 18 hole score will be used. If there is still a tie, the last 9 holes of the last day (10-18). If there is still a tie, the last 6 holes are used (13-18), then if needed the last 3 holes (16-18), then the final hole (18). In the case that players are still tied after the 18th hole, the winner will be determined by lot (coin flip).
  • Field Divisions will pay gross first, then net

Championship Practice Rounds

  • Practice rounds are available one week prior to the Championship, after 12:00 PM on the weekends, on a space available basis. Players may play a practice round at the rate of $50 plus tax and includes a cart and range balls prior to the round. Please call 239-437-3380 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.

Championship Information

  • Course Setup
    • Senior Championship Division - 5,600 - 5,800 yards (Gross Only)
    • Senior Field Division - 5,300 - 5,500 yards (Gross & Net)
    • Super-Senior Championship Division - 5,300 - 5,500 yards (Gross Only)
    • Super-Senior Field Division - 4,700 - 4,900 yards (Gross & Net)
  • Field Size - 84 players
  • Tee Times & Information

Championship Policies

Player Information

Past Championships

Host Site

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