NCGA Women's Am: Cowan goes back-to-back

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (July 27, 2007)-- Same setting and outcome, different year. Lynne Cowan claimed her second consecutive NCGA Women’s Championship at Poppy Hills Friday.

The battle for first place raged until the final putt. Defending champion Cowan put it all on the line and birdied the 18th hole for a one-stroke victory. With a two-day 146 total, Cowan had just enough to hold off last years runner-up Jenelle Gomez.

“I was keeping her score and after a double (bogey) on 9, I knew I had to get it together,” stated the El Macero member. With birdies on 10, 11, and 12, things looked to be going Cowan’s way, however Gomez was not giving up. “It came down to the wire and it was great competition,” Cowan added. While both women reached the 18th green in regulation, it was the defending champion who made the clutch putt.

“This felt like a match because it came down to the last shot. Lynne just doesn’t let things affect her - she is in her zone and doesn’t let the mistakes get to her. I feel good though because I have improved and I went out to just play the course,” commented the San Jose State senior. Gomez, a communications major, hopes to pursue the game further by turning professional next year. Cicilia Chudivan and Linda Ong were tied for third with a 12-over-par 156.

Continuing with the drama on the closing hole, the inaugural Senior Women’s Championship also played out on the closing green. Marianne Towersey, head coach of the CSU-Monterey Bay Women’s Golf team, had to par the final hole to capture the senior title. Towersey’s ten-over-par 154 was enough to hold off Pasatiempo member Sandy Woodruff by one stroke. As for the champion, she stated “I am proud to be the first and I am glad it came down to the last hole. This was great competition and the course played difficult.” First round leader Terry Mayes of Gilroy fell to third with a 12-over-par 156.

The President’s flight winner Cheri Doege of The Olympic Club shot a one-under-par net 143 to capture the title. Lynne Houghton of Agilent Technologies defeated Sue Stryker of PGG Rancho Canada in a playoff to claim second place alone. Both women finished with a two-day total net 145.

In the director’s flight, Karen O’Neill finished the tournament with a six-under-par net 138. First-round leader, Joyce Glatt of Chardonnay Golf Club, completed the day two-over-par for a two-day net total of 142 and Leslie Rundle of The Bridges finished third with a net 143.

Full results follow:

Name Rd.1 Rd.2 Tot.
Lynne Cowan 71 75 146
Jenelle Gomez 73 74 147
Cicilia Chudivan 79 77 156
Linda Ong 80 76 156
Elaine Harris 79 78 157
Erica Moston 78 79 157
Brooke Green 79 79 158
Joi Pentin 82 76 158
Shannon Yocum 80 79 159
Rosalie Tolentino 80 80 160
Karen Garcia 84 76 160
Lindsey Shean 79 83 162
Stephanie Sendell 81 83 164
Kelsey Fischer 84 80 164
Rachel Sibbitt 87 77 164
Kelly Wilson 81 85 166
Leanne Shigemoto 82 84 166
Ji In Park 85 81 166
Eva Monisteri 86 81 167
Lori Shaw 90 89 169
Tina Barker 90 80 170
Patricia Chong 82 89 171
Tiffany Lim 86 85 171
Tiffany Derksen 81 91 172
Suzanne Kim 86 86 172
Christie Quinn 88 86 174
Ruth Edginton 89 92 181
Senior Flight Rd.1 Rd.2 Tot
Marianne Towersey 76 78 154
Sandra Woodruff 77 78 155
Terry Mayes 74 82 156
Susie-Q Conklin 82 83 165
Yoshie Christopher 82 86 168
Nancy Markey 87 84 171
Marsha Lutz 88 86 174
Penny Walch 89 85 174


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The NCGA Women’s Amateur Championship is the association’s premier event for female golfers. Field limited to 76 eligible players in the championship division and 24 players in the senior division. All female golfers with a handicap index of 7.4 or less (or 18.4 or less for seniors) are eligible to enter. Format: 36 holes stroke play (18 holes per day).

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