Thursday, September 26, 2013

Girls Go Golfing Salutes 2012 & 2013 USGA Senior Women's Amateur Champion Ellen Port:Golf Coaching & Golf Competition:Perfect Fit

Port Repeats in Senior Women's Amateur
Port now has another Senior Women's Amateur title to go along with her four U.S. Women's Mid-Amateurs. (USGA/Steve Gibbons)

Notes: Short Game Proves Decisive for Port

Virtually every time Ellen Port had to get up and down during the final match of the 2013 USGA Senior Women's Amateur, she did just that, including a sparkling greenside bunker shot on the ninth hole that allowed her to save par. (USGA/Steve Gibbons)

By Brian DePasquale, USGA
September 26, 2013
SAN MARTIN, Calif. – Ellen Port won the first three holes in the final match, a lead she never relinquished, in becoming the eighth player to win consecutive USGA Senior Women’s Amateur championships. But it was her prowess in scrambling for par that may have won this year’s title at CordeValle.
“Ellen is an amazing player,” said Susan Cohn, who advanced to the final in her first Senior Women’s Amateur appearance. “I expect her to make par or birdie. Somehow in my brain she is just going to make a par or better. And she does.”
Cohn sprayed some shots in the early part of the final but then settled in to make back-to-back pars at holes 4 and 5. Port sent her tee shot into the left fairway bunker at the 496-yard, par-5 sixth hole and was later faced with a chip from behind the green for her fourth shot. After coming up short, she made par with a 10-foot downhill putt to halve the hole.
“The grass grabbed it,” Port said. “I was just barely trying to get it on, and I didn’t get it on far enough, and that was a key putt.”
Port found trouble off the tee again at the 346-yard, par-4 ninth when her ball landed right of the cart path, behind a tree. Cohn placed her drive into the middle of the fairway and an opportunity existed. However, Port was able to get her approach over the tree, with her ball finding the front right greenside bunker. She executed a terrific shot out of the sand to 3 feet to save par.
“I went ahead with a 3-wood [off the tee] and fanned it out there,” said Port. “Luckily I had the confidence that I could hit that up over the tree. I got it in the bunker and I hit a nice bunker shot.”
Cohn was still 3 down after the 10th hole, but saw another opening when Port drove her ball into the right fairway bunker on No. 11 and had to lay up out of the sand.
“I’d been hitting it really well, and I guess I didn’t hit it as well as I thought and there was more wind,” said Port.
But Port, who won last year’s Senior Women’s Amateur at Hershey (Pa.) Country Club, found another way to make an up-and-down par by hitting her third shot with a 6-iron to within 3½ feet.
“I just said, I’ve got to stick this,” she said. “And [caddie] Carlos [Cortez] gave me great numbers all week. I was 135 yards away into a two-club wind and just knocked it down right at the flag. The best part of my game this week was my crisp iron play.”
Cohn added, “That wind had to be blowing 20 miles per hour. I couldn’t even reach the green; I had to go to the left side.”
Salvaging par on those three holes may have been the key to Port again holding the Senior Women’s Amateur Championship Trophy.
Port’s Win Advances History
Port, who has also claimed four U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur crowns, now owns six USGA championships. She is tied for fourth, with Hollis Stacy and Glenna Collett Vare, for most USGA women’s championships won.
Port trails only JoAnne Gunderson Carner, who won eight, and Anne Quast Sander and Carol Semple Thompson, who each have seven victories.
“I am a competitor at heart,” said Port, who plays a limited schedule due to family and teaching commitments. “I love the thrill of hitting shots when they matter. And I love the spirit of amateurism.”
Port will serve as the 2014 USA Curtis Cup Captain in her hometown when the match is played with Great Britain and Ireland at St. Louis Country Club on June 6-8.
Cohn’s First Senior Women’s Amateur
Cohn, 50, had a memorable return to USGA championship play by finishing as the runner-up. She had not played in a USGA event in 21 years.
“I love to play,” said Cohn, whose previous USGA appearances came at the 1989 U.S. Women Amateur and 1992 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur. “Sometimes life gets in the way. I would love to play more.”
After a rough start that included three consecutive double bogeys to trail 3 down, Cohn played solid golf through the completion of the match with 11 pars, one birdie and one bogey.
“You are not going to hit every shot perfectly and they [your opponents] are not going to hit every shot perfectly,” said Cohn, who won her sectional qualifier at Frenchman’s Reserve Country Club, where she works in the golf shop.
Cohn will not have to qualify for next year’s championship, having earned an exemption with her runner-up finish.
Looking Ahead to 2016
CordeValle’s first USGA championship is over, but the Northern California golf resort’s work is far from complete with the 2016 U.S. Women’s Open on the horizon.
“We have learned from this experience and believe we have what it takes to deliver a superb championship in 2016,” said Carol Kaufman, general chairman for this year’s USGA Senior Women’s Amateur.
Kaufman, who serves as executive vice president for The Cooper Companies, a global medical device company with 8,000 employees in 100 countries, personally sought feedback from the players this week and was impressed with the efforts of the USGA team.
“They [staff and committee] make it possible to have excellent events from my perspective,” said Kaufman, who was involved with the 1998 and 2012 U.S. Opens at The Olympic Club. “It gives you a comfort level looking forward to 2016.”
Lew Ellen Erickson, the chairman of the USGA Senior Women’s Amateur, thinks the Women’s Open field will embrace the golf course.
“These (Senior Women’s Amateur) players have loved it and those players are going to love it even more,” said Erickson, who has served as this championship’s chair since 2010. “What’s great about this golf course is that you can lengthen it out or shorten it up. It sets up beautifully for many different conditions. It’s so versatile and it’s the right challenge.”
When Paula Creamer, Stacy Lewis and Suzann Pettersen arrive in California’s Santa Clara County, the USGA’s Teresa Belmont expects everything to set up well for the Women’s Open.
“The players will love it here from a golf course standpoint and from a hospitality and customer service standpoint,” said Belmont, director of the USGA Senior Women’s Amateur. “They know how to take care of people here.”
There are many details to be arranged at CordeValle for 2016, but as Erickson noted, one thing is a constant. “Every place you walk on this golf course you have an amazing view and all the nature.”
Tee Shots
Ellen Port is the first player since Diane Lang in 2006 to win consecutive USGA Senior Women’s Amateur Championships … Port has won three of her six USGA championships in California … She also won the 1996 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship at Mission Hills Country Club (Dinah Shore Course), in Rancho Mirage, and the 2000 Women’s Mid-Amateur at Big Canyon Country Club, in Newport Beach … Mary Jane Hiestand and Caryn Wilson, who each reached the semifinals here, are in the field for the upcoming U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship, scheduled Oct. 5-10 at Biltmore Forest Country Club in Asheville, N.C.
Brian DePasquale is a manager of championship communications for the USGA. Email him at

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Girls Go Golfing Alumni Beebe, McNulty & Petrocchi Continue Making Strides in Centennial Conference College Golf


Kara McNulty won her 11th career title on Saturday.
Complete Results

 – Senior Kara McNulty (Flemington, N.J./Hunterdon Central) won her second consecutive event of the fall as the Gettysburg College women's golf team captured the team title at the McDaniel College Fall Invitational held at The Bridges Golf Club on Saturday.

Gettysburg fired a season-low 347 to out-distance a field of Centennial Conference schools. Host McDaniel was runner-up at 364 and Muhlenberg College was third with a score of 400.

The Bullets filled the top three positions and all four players cracked the top 10 in the field of 23. After winning the Dickinson College Invitational last weekend, McNulty cruised to a five-stroke win with an 80 at The Bridges. It was McNulty's school-record 11th career title.

Freshman Sarah Hansen (Cumberland, Maine/Greely) turned in her best performance to date with an 85 to take second overall. Sophomore Kate Schwartz (Blairstown, N.J./North Warren Regional) tied for third with an 89 and first-year Nicole Petrocchi (Whitehouse Station, N.Y./Hunterdon Central) tied for 10th with a 93.

Gettysburg resumes action at the Muhlenberg Invitational on Monday, Sept. 30, at 12:30 p.m.

Junior Amanda Beebe (Whitehouse,NJ/Hunterdon Central) will be teeing it up again this fall as part of Swarthmore College Men's golf team. (see schedule start below.)

At the conclusion of the spring 2013 season Beebe was named by the Centennial Conference along with 52 Swarthmore College student-athletes to its 2013 Spring Academic Honor Roll. The honor roll recognizes athletes' performance both on the field and in the classroom.

To be named to the Academic Honor Roll, student-athletes must be a sophomore or higher in class standing, a starter or key reserve on his or her team or have qualified for the Conference championship meet. The student must maintain at least a 3.40 cumulative grade-point average.




Friday, September 20, 2013

Girls Go Golfing Alumni Off to Great Start in Dickinson College Invitational

Kara McNulty claimed her 10th title in 29 career events.

Complete Results

 Girl GO Golfing alumnus, current Copper Hill Country Club Women's Champion Senior Kara McNulty (Flemington, N.J./Hunterdon Central) scratched off another Gettysburg College women's golf record by claiming her 10th career individual title at the Dickinson College Invitational at the Blue Ridge Country Club on Saturday, Sept. 14.
McNulty fired a 78 – her program-record fourth career round in the 70s – to win medalist honors by three strokes. She broke the previous career wins record set by Merrill Fortier '08

McNulty owns  nearly all of the golf program's records, including career scoring average (82.92), season average (82.9), and best 36-hole score (158). Still left on the docket is Fortier's single-round record of 76 set on Sept. 25, 2004.
As a team, Gettysburg tied Division II Millersville University for the top spot in the eight-team field with a 351. Millersville took home the team title by winning the tiebreaker after matching up the scorecards. McDaniel College shot 379 to finish a distant third.
Freshman Sarah Hansen (Cumberland, Maine/Greely) finished in a tie for fifth with an 89. Another GIrls Go GOlfing alumnus and fellow first-year Nicole Petrocchi (Whitehouse Station, N.Y./Hunterdon Central) and sophomore Kate Schwartz (Blairstown, N.J./North Warren Regional) each shot 92 to finish tied for 11th.
Gettysburg resumes action at the McDaniel Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 21, at 12:30 p.m. 

Thursday, September 19, 2013



Florida Finishes Second; Alice Chen, Bryana Nguyen Share Medalist Honors

Tara Fleming, of Jersey City, N.J., kept her team grounded in the final round at NCR Country Club, advising them to stay calm and enjoy the moment. Fleming shot a 9-over 82 on Thursday in New Jersey's victory. (USGA/Chris Keane)
By Christina Lance, USGA
September 19, 2013

KETTERING, Ohio – Led by a record-setting three days from 17-year-old Alice Chen, New Jersey captured a three-stroke victory over Florida at the 2013 USGA Women’s State Team Championship, conducted at the par-73, 6,153-yard South Course at NCR Country Club. It is the state’s first victory in the 10-year championship history, besting a previous high of seventh in 2011.
“To be in this position right now was not even in my scope of reference,” said New Jersey’s playing captain Tara Fleming, 46, of Jersey City. “These young ladies are such great players and it's just a thrill to be in their company.”

Wednesday, September 18, 2013


By Christina Lance, USGA
September 18, 2013

New Jersey, Florida Share 36-Hole Women's State Team Lead

Alice Chen, of Princeton, N.J., shot a championship record-tying 6-under 67 in Wednesday's second round on the South Course at NCR Country Club to vault New Jersey into a share of the 36-hole lead with Florida at 5-over 297. (USGA/Chris Keane)

 Buoyed by Alice Chen’s record-tying round, New Jersey vaulted into a tie for the lead with Florida at 5-over-par 297 following Wednesday’s second round of the 2013 USGA Women’s State Team Championship, being conducted on the par-73, 6,153-yard South Course at NCR Country Club.
Chen, 17, of Princeton, led the New Jersey charge with a 6-under 67. Reinstated amateur Tara Fleming, 46, of Jersey City, added a 6-over 79 in the 3-count-2 format. Cindy Ha, 17, of Demarest, added a non-counting 81.
Chen carded six birdies and an eagle, along with two bogeys, en route to her 6-under 67. She joins Brenda Corrie Kuehn (1997), Kathy Hartwiger (2009) and Rachel Dai (2011) with the lowest 18-hole score in championship history. Chen’s two-day total of 7-under 139 also ties the low mark set by Marla Jemsek-Weeks in 1997.
“It was tracking really nice and it just dropped,” said Chen of her 50-foot eagle putt at the par-5 16th (her seventh hole). “I was kind of shocked.”
Consecutive bogeys at Nos. 17 and 18 threatened to derail Chen’s momentum. But back-to-back birdies at the first and second holes, including a tap-in at the par-3 second, put her back on track.
“I just hit good approach shots in,” said Chen, who will attend Furman University in the fall of 2014. “It was just hit the fairway, hit the green and then try and make the putt.”
Wednesday’s round was yet another highlight in Chen’s 2013 resume, most of which has taken place in her home state. She won the New Jersey high school individual championship and earned player of the year honors. Chen then won the New Jersey State Golf Association’s Women’s Amateur and Junior Girls’ Championships, and tacked on a victory at the American Junior Golf Association’s Lessing’s AJGA Classic, also conducted in the Garden State.
Stasi, who started at No. 10, stepped to the sixth tee at three under with four holes to play. But then it all went horribly awry. Stasi’s tee shot at the par-5 sixth flew left, leading to a double bogey. She carded bogey at the par-4 seventh, and after needing two attempts to clear a fairway bunker at the par-4 ninth, Stasi missed a 5-foot bogey putt to drop five shots in four holes and finish at 2 over par for the round.
“It's unfortunate, but just a bad few holes,” said Stasi, who last week won Florida’s inaugural Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship by one stroke over Joy-Connelly.
Christina Lance is an assistant communications manager at the USGA. Email her at
KETTERING, Ohio – Results from Wednesday’s second round at the 2013 USGA Women’s State Team Championship, being conducted at the 6,153-yard, par-73 NCR Country Club:
Florida - 146-151—297; Meghan Stasi, Oakland Park - 73-75—148; Ericka Schneider, Bradenton - 76-76—152; Tara Joy-Connelly, Palm Beach Gardens - 73-81—154 
New Jersey - 151-146—297; Alice Chen, Princeton - 72-67—139; Cindy Ha, Demarest - 79-81—160; Tara Fleming, Jersey City - 85-79—164 
Arizona - 144-158—302; Hannah O'Sullivan, Paradise Valley - 71-73—144; Stephanie Kim, Tempe - 73-85—158; Kylee Duede, Glendale - 82-87—169 
Virginia - 152-152—304; Abby Portyrata, North Chesterfield - 72-75—147; Lauren Greenlief, Oakton - 80-77—157; Lyndsey Hunnell, Troutville - 85-84—169 
Maryland - 150-155—305; Bryana Nguyen, Columbia - 71-72—143; Andrea Kraus, Baltimore - 79-85—164; Lisa Schlesinger, Laytonsville - 87-83—170 
Georgia - 154-153—307; Laura Coble, Augusta - 75-76—151; Brenda Pictor, Marietta - 83-77—160; Mercedes Huarte, Suwanee - 79-83—162 
Colorado - 155-152—307; Hannah Wood, Centennial - 78-77—155; Melissa Martin, Grand Junction - 81-75—156; Jennifer Kupcho, Westminster - 77-80—157 
Indiana - 148-160—308; Tobi Herron, Columbus - 75-77—152; Nina Whalen, Indianapolis - 73-83—156; Michelle Smith, Fort Wayne - 86-91—177 
New Mexico - 147-162—309; Dominique Galloway, Rio Rancho - 74-81—155; Shania Berger, Socorro - 79-81—160; Darian Zachek, Deming - 73-93—166 
Tennessee - 152-158—310; Blakesly Warren, Chattanooga - 73-78—151; Courtney Chandler, Franklin - 79-80—159; Corinna Rees, Nashville - 82-81—163 

Friday, September 6, 2013

Sportswoman of the Year Award Voting Closes Sept. 9

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