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Mary Jane Hiestand Hoists Trophy <br>(FSGA Photo)</br>
Mary Jane Hiestand Hoists Trophy
(FSGA Photo)
BELLEAIR, FL (April 6, 2016)--Despite a steady wind, there was not a cloud in the sky at Belleair Country Club as the top senior women teed it up for two rounds of tough competition. After round one there was a tight race at the top of the leaderboard in the Championship division. Mary Jane Hiestand, two-time winner of the Championship in 2013 and 2014, took the early lead and never moved from that position. Hiestand, of Naples posted a first round of two over-par, 74 to lead over Gigi Higgins, of Cape Coral by one stroke. Higgins and Hiestand posted the same score in round two, 83, but Hiestand’s first round kept her in first place with a 157 tournament total. Hiestand commented on her second round stating, “ I just never got my rhythm today and struggled in the wind. Yesterday my tempo was so much better and it seemed so easy to play the course as it was meant to be played”. Tied for second, at a 158 tournament total was Gigi Higgins and Sydney Wells. Marion Reid and Sarah Phillips-Durst had two identical days on the golf course both posting rounds of 81-78 to tie for fourth place with Therese Quinn who simply reversed the scores, 78-81, for a tournament total 159.

In the Super-Senior Championship Divison, Patricia Hughes-Gelardi, of Palm Beach Gardens won by seven strokes after rounds of 77-92 for a tournament total 169. Patricia was only score in the 70’s in her division after round one and never let the lead out of her sight! Kathy Baker and Nancy Jackson finished tied for second with a 176 tournament total. This marks Hughes- Gelardi’s first FSGA Championship win.

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ABOUT THE Florida Women's Senior Amateur

Championship Format
- 36 holes of individual stroke play
- 84 total competitors
- Four Divisions - Senior Championship, Senior Field, Super-Senior Championship and Super-Senior Field Division.
- Players must select their division at the time of entry, provided they meet the eligibility requirements.
- The overall Champions will be the individuals from the Senior and Super-Senior Championship Divisions with the lowest 36-hole total score.

Eligibility
- Female amateur golfer
- 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
- Entrant is required to be a member of the FSGA

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