NCGA Women's Amateur: Cowan Takes Title

Lynne Cowan

Jenelle Gomez
PEBBLE BEACH, CALIFORNIA (July 28, 2006) – Powered by a one-over-par front nine Friday, Lynne Cowan held on to her first-round lead to win the second NCGA Women’s Championship at Poppy Hills by two strokes over defending champion Jenelle Gomez.
The assistant golf coach for the UC Davis Lady Aggies shot a four-over-par 76 for a 36-hole total of 149 (73-76). Coming into the day, Cowan held a slim, one-stroke lead over Gomez and knew she had to play well to claim victory. 
“I wasn’t really keeping track of what Jenelle was doing,” the champion explained.  “I just wanted to focus on my game. Yesterday I putted really well and I felt confident about my swing, so the goal was to continue that trend.” 
The El Macero member arrived at her four-over-par, second-round score by bogeying four consecutive holes beginning on the thirteenth where she missed a four-foot uphill putt.  The bogeys shrunk her once comfortable lead of six strokes to a much more unnerving two strokes with only two holes to play. However, Cowan calmly made par on 17 and 18 to seize the victory.
With all the recent media attention going toward younger players such as Michelle Wie, Morgan Pressel and Paula Creamer, Cowan’s win helped bring some of the attention back toward the more experienced veterans in women’s golf.  “It’s good to win in a field with a lot of college players,” Cowan said. “Nobody cares about us (older players) anymore.” 
Gomez, a rising San Jose State junior, is part of the younger generation garnering all the attention locally.  The defending champion shot 151 (74-77) to finish in second place.  A costly double-bogey on the par-4 eighth hole proved to be just enough to give Cowan her winning margin.  The runner-up recently led her Broncos to the 2006 WAC Championship by winning the individual title and was named first-team All-WAC.
In the President’s flight, San Benito MAGA member Alicia Meiners’ net 149 (77-72) allowed her to come from behind in the final round, taking the title in a playoff with Sue Thompson of EWGA-SMN Handicap. Sandy Boyd, also of EWGA-SMN Handicap, ran away with the Director’s flight, holding onto her first-round lead and winning by nine strokes over runner-up Maureen Hughes. Boyd was under par both days, shooting 70-67 for a two-day total of 137.
NOTE: Story and photos courtesy Northern California Golf Association.

View scorecards for the Championship, President and Director flights.

Final Results
Championship Rd1 Rd2 Tot
Lynne Cowan, El Macero 73 76 149
Jenelle Gomez, Almaden 74 77 151
Stephanie Sendell, Co. Club Pbl Beach 78 76 154
Jessica Hazlett, Stanford 78 78 156
Julianna Uhrik, Spring Creek 78 79 157
Sandra Woodruff, Pasatiempo 79 78 157
Eva Monisteri, Poplar Creek 80 82 162
Elaine Harris, Lake Merced 85 78 163
Jane Irwin, Creekside 83 82 165
Lindsey Shean, Corral de Tierra 82 83 165
Lisa Bagley, Ridgemark 81 85 166
Jill Womble, Castlewood 85 82 167
Marsha Lutz, Laguna Seca 86 82 168
Megan Padua, Boundary Oak 87 81 168
Saana Rapakko, Cinnabar Hills 85 83 168
Samantha Trask, Napa Valley 79 91 170
Suzanne Kim, Crow Canyon 83 87 170
Brooke Green, Haggin Oaks 84 91 175
Keiko Fukuda, Lake Merced 93 89 182
Linda Reese, S.F. Bay Area EWGC 94 95 189
Alicia Meiners, MAGA  77 72 149
Sue Thompson, EWGA 72 77 149
Linda Rindt, EWGA 80 71 151
Kelsey Kerr, Silver Creek Valley 78 79 157
Maureen Earley, Rolmex Golf Club 82 75 157
Joan Kruse, Half Moon Bay 79 78 157
Joyce Baker, Teal Bend 79 79 158
Jeanette Chang, Sun Micro. Golf Assn. 77 83 160
Mary Holloway, Canyon Lakes 77 83 160
Hilary Ross, Riverbend 79 85 164
Christine Taylor, El Macero 85 80 165
Liz Frome, Indian Valley 87 80 167
Joyce Rochette, Empire Ranch 92 79 171
Margie Durham, Ladies o.t. Vineyard 91 86 177
Sonja Van Laar, Woodbridge 94 88 182
Sandy Boyd, EWGA 70 67 137
Maureen Hughes, Fore Women 75 71 146
Mary Thornhill, Half Moon Bay 75 73 148
Sue Stryker, Rancho Canada 81 71 152
Linda Reid, Teal Bend 76 77 153
Joyce Glatt, Chardonnay 81 72 153
Janet Allaway, Boundary Oak 77 77 154
Susan Potter-Weiss, EWGA 73 82 155
Yvonne Williams, Fore Women 78 80 158
Diane Rasch, Ladies of the Vineyard 87 72 159
Stacey Baba, S.F. Bay Area EWGC 78 83 161
Jc Campbell, Teal Bend 75 86 161
Joan English, Canyon Lakes 77 84 161
Diana VolpiniAllen, Half Moon Bay 83 78 161
ABOUT THE Northern California Women's Amateur

Open to all NCGA Women members with a numeric handicap index. Championship Flight (7.4 index or less as of the closing date) will be limited to the first 36 entrants. After that, entries will be placed on an alternate list in the order received. Format: 36 holes stroke play (18 holes per day).

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