Women's Amateur Stroke Play Championship

Sara Bay Country Club - Sarasota
July 7-9, 2017

 Tomlinson Takes Down Sara Bay

 Roanne Tomlinson earned her first championship win using course management to tackle the harsh greens at Sara Bay

Sara Bay Country Club played tough during the 23rd Women’s Amateur Stroke Play Championship. The classic Donald Ross design challenged even the best of putters with its notorious greens. A three hour weather delay during the second round and a 40 minute weather delay during the final round tested the field mentally and only a few would rise to the top to ”rain” supreme. 

After round one, Roanne Tomlinson sat tied for fourth, three strokes back from Jamie Freedman, of Miami Beach, who posted a one under-par, 71, to take the early lead.  Tomlinson, of Lake Mary, remained consistent during round two, once again posting a two-over par 74. She moved up the leaderboard to sit in solo second behind Kim Benedict, a resident of Bonita Springs, who posted the low round of the Championship, a three-under par 69. Benedict was the only player to break 70 and would hold the overnight lead going into the third and final round. Freedman fell from the top after struggling with a second round 78 and sat in third going into round three. 

The final round was a toss-up. Tomlinson made the turn at even par to jump one stroke behind Benedict who struggled with three bogeys, one double bogey, and a birdie to turn at four-over par, 40. Freedman turned at  two-over, 38. Down the stretch, Tomlinson made one bogey to card 36-37—73 and make a three day total of 221 (+5). Benedict improved her final nine holes, making two birdies and one birdie to post 40-37—77 and lose to Tomlinson by one stroke. Freedman fought back with a one-under par 35 on her final nine to tie for second with Benedict with a three day total of 222 (+6). Defending Champion Kaeli Jones finished even par for her final round to place fourth at 224 (+8). Past Champion Tara Joy-Connelly finished in fifth place with a 226 (+10) total.

Tomlinson struggled to find the words to describe her first win. She stated she was happy to finally win after being so close a few times. She went on to admit the course played fairly short so the key to her win was hitting a lot of greens and avoiding the difficult up and downs.  


Tee Information

Tee Yardage / Info
Championship 5,941 yds. 74.8/131

Par: 72

Weather Information

Description Temp
Hot Sunny 90 °F
ScatteredThunderstorms 2:40 Delay 88 °F
ScatteredThunderstorms :40 Delay 85 °F
Tournament Results
Position Name Rd.1 Rd.2 Rd.3 Total Score Points
1 Roanne Tomlinson 74 74 73 221 8000
T2 Jamie Freedman 71 78 73 222 4800
T2 Kim Benedict 76 69 77 222 4800
4 Kaeli Jones 76 76 72 224 3200
5 Tara Joy-Connelly 76 74 76 226 2800
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Sara Bay Country Club will host the 23rd Women's Amateur Stroke Play Championship, featuring some of the top women amateur golfers in Florida. Established in 1926, this original Donald Ross designed course will provide for a competitive three rounds of golf on Florida's beautiful west coast. For a look at the 2016 Championship results click here.

Championship Format

  • 54 holes of individual stroke play
  • 84 total players
  • The overall Champion will be the individual with the lowest 54 hole aggregate score 


  • Female amateur golf
  • Florida residency required
  • A valid USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 18.4
  • Entrant is not required to be a member of the FSGA

Entry Fee

$160 (for GHIN handicap members)
$170 (for non-GHIN handicap members)

Entry fee includes all competitive rounds of golf, tee gift, an awards 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.

Schedule of Events

Friday, July 7th

  • 7:30 - 9:30 AM - Player Registration

  • 8:00 AM - Round One tee times begin off #1 & #10

Saturday, July 8th

  • 8:00 AM - Round Two tee times begin off #1 & #10

Sunday, July 9th

  • 8:00 AM - Final Round tee times begin off #1 & #10

  • Awards luncheon immediately following play

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.

Approximate Yardage

6,000 yards (Gross only - NO handicaps)

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 playoff on a hole designated by the Committee to determine the Champion. All other tie breaks will be broken by a modified USGA tie break method.  The final day 18 hole respective score 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).

Practice Rounds

Practice rounds are available one week prior to the Championship and after 12:00 PM the weekend prior on a space available basis. The price for a practice round is $35.00 + tax. Please call (941) 355-7658 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 Champion

Not many people can play 56 holes of golf with one sleeve of three golf balls like Women’s Amateur Stroke Play Champion, Kaeli Jones, of Sumterville. Jones, who was an avid Florida Junior Tour player, captured her first FSGA Championship win after posting three consistent under-par rounds of 71-69-70.

Reflecting on her first Championship win, Jones stated that the most difficult part of the tournament was the greens. "You could hit a really good putt but it could slip the greens and not drop.” At the young age of 19, Jones has a strong future of golf ahead of her. What does this win mean for her? Jones says, “This means that my game is competitive enough to compete with the best in Florida. This is a big confidence boost for my game. I feel great.”

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 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

SpringHill Suites Sarasota Bradenton
1020 University Parkway
Sarasota, FL 34234
(941) 358-3385

$104 per room, per night, plus tax
Call and identify yourself as an FSGA Competitor by June 15th.

Hampton Inn & Suites Sarasota Bradenton Airport
975 University Parkway
Sarasota, FL 34243
(941) 355-8140

per room, per night, plus tax
Call and request the FSGA room block or click here to book online by June 16th.


Sara Bay Country Club accepts AmEx, Visa /MasterCard, and Cash.    

Directions- Sara Bay Country Club

7011 Willow Street
Sarasota, FL 34243
(941) 355-7658

Click here for directions

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