California Women's Amateur: Cowan wins fourth

CARMEL, Calif. (Nov. 10, 2007)-- Experience triumphed over youth Saturday at the Quail Lodge Resort and Golf Club as Lynne Cowan topped 16-year-old Jennifer Johnson 5 & 4 to win her fourth title, giving her a tie for the most titles ever, with Mina Harigae and Shelly Hamlin.

Cowan was the one to halt Harigae's four-year winning streak in 2005, then etched her name in the record books with her romp in 2007.

The Davis resident rolled through the first two rounds, winning 8 & 7, 6 & 4 then had her toughest match in the quarters before winning 4 & 3.

She won the quarterfinal 6 & 5.

Cowan said she caught a stroke of luck when her friend Sandy Woodruff topped the red-hot medalist, Jane Chin of Huntington Beach, in the first round.

"I was very fortunate Sandy took her out for me," said Cowan. "She really did me a huge favor, because Jane was in my bracket."

ABOUT THE California Women's Amateur

The California Women’s Amateur Championship was founded in 1967 and played at Pebble Beach Golf Links until 1987 when the Championship was invited to Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel, where the tournament remains to this day.

36-hole stroke play qualifying round, 18 holes each day, to determine 32 players for match play. Prizes will be awarded to the Champion, Runner-up, Semifinalists, Quarterfinalists and the 36-hole Low Gross Medalist from qualifying rounds.

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