WELLINGTON, FL (February 15, 2017) -- The
Wanderers Club in Wellington was in pristine
condition for the 70th Women’s International Four-
Ball. This historic championship has been hosted by
The Wanderers Club, one of the finest clubs in Palm
Beach County, for five consecutive years. The ladies
faced perfect weather during round one on Tuesday,
resulting in ten scores in the red.
In the Championship Division, the competitive
duo of Charlotte Daughan and Katie Miller took the
early lead looking to capture their second
consecutive Women's International Four-Ball title.
Miller, of Jeannette, Pennsylvania, and Daughan,
of Orlando, posted an impressive 7-under-par for a
three stroke lead over the team of Lin Culver and
Gigi Higgins. Miller has proven to be an exceptional
four-ball partner and recently qualified for the 2017
U.S. Women’s Four-Ball with Aurora Kan. A total of
seven birdies were recorded between the duo with
Daughan posting three birdies and Miller carding four
for a 32-33—65 round one score.
The team of Culver and Higgins had a bogey
free round to take second place heading into round
two. The two close friends finished tied for fourth last
year and came together on Tuesday for a true team
effort. Higgins, 2016 Women’s Senior Player of the
Year from Cape Coral, counted nine of her scores
while Culver, of Palm Coast, counted nine of her
scores for a round one 68 (-4).
To round out the top three after the first round,
Sherry Herman and Debbi Adams carded four birdies
on holes one, four, 11, and 12 to finish solo in third
place. Herman, of Middletown, NJ, and Adams, of
Asheville, NC, was the only out of state team in the
top three with a round one 3-under-par 69.
A birdie putt rolled in on the first hole to start
Daughan and Miller’s final round on Wednesday. The
defending champions continued their strong start
with birdies on holes five, eight, 11, 13, and 16 to go
35-33 for a final round 68 and second consecutive
first place title.
The duo had great vibes heading into the
tournament as Miller stated it was “wonderful coming
to Florida to play off of real grass” and “the course
and staff are always really nice”. As explained by the
Champions, “putts just seemed to go in” and a win
was a great way to start 2017.
Daughan and Miller worked off of each other
both rounds of the tournament to finish with a 133
(-11) total and four-stroke victory. The next event in
line for both champions is ironically a four-ball
tournament. Miller will be playing in the U.S. Four-
Ball for the third consecutive year and Daughan will
be playing in the FSGA Four-Ball with Tara Joy-
The team from Palm Beach, Tara Joy-Connelly
and Susan Cohn, made a comeback in the second
round to finish in second place. Tara, being a past
champion with former teammate Meghan Stasi, had
six birdies with Susan to finish at 7-under-par (70-
Culver and Higgins started the final round in second
place but fell to a fourth place finish after a final
round 75 for a 143 (-1) total. The team of Herman
and Adams achieved a top three finish with two
rounds in the red (69-71) for a 140 (-4) total.
Round one in the Middle Division finished with a
tight leaderboard. The team of Elizabeth Brumback
and Lynn Fullmer sat in first place with a first round
73. Following one stroke behind were three teams
tied for second at 2-over-par, including Kiely
Allen/Pat Rogers, Sisi Hedges/Debbie MookSang, and
Ginny Orthwein/Marlene Streit.
Round two saw a change at the top after Kiely
Allen, of Clearwater, and Pat Rogers, of Tampa,
posted a 72 for a 146 total and two stroke win. Sisi
Hedges and teammate Debbie MookSang finished
tied for second for the second year in a row with two
consistent 74’s (148 total). Ginny Orthwein and
Marlene Streit tied for second with matching rounds
of 74 as well.
In the Middle Division First Flight Diane Carter
and Mary Bruno carded a first round 74 to lead by
two strokes heading into Wednesday’s round. The
teams of Martha Greenhalgh/Carol Patmore and Jill
Riehl/Amy Dalton would fight for first place in round
two after a first round score of 76 (+4).
Going wire-to-wire, Carter and Bruno carded a
second round 76 to win by five strokes with a 150
total. Breaking the tie to seize second place alone
was the team of Greenhalgh and Patmore who
posted a second round 79, 155 total. Jill Riehl and
Amy Dalton moved into third place with a 156 total.
The Middle Division and Middle Division First
Flight received net awards as well. In the Middle
Division, the team of Othwein/Streit and
Allen/Rogers tied at the top with a 135 total. After a
modified FSGA tie break method, Orthwein and Streit
finished first net. The Middle Division First Flight
awarded a net win to Mary Bruno and Diane Carter
at a 130 total.
Forty-eight teams represented by 13 states and
two countries made up the 2017 Women’s
International Four-Ball field. This historic event, first
conducted by the Jaycees of Hollywood, Florida, has
comprised the names of golf’s finest—Babe Zaharias,
Louise Suggs, Peggy Kirk-Bell, Marlene Streit and
others. The team of Charlotte Daughan and Katie
Miller can be added to the list esteemed names for a
second year in a row.
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