NCGA Women's Amateur: Gomez Wins by 5

PEBBLE BEACH -- Trends will always spread. In the case of young women dominating golf, the trend spread to Northern California Wednesday in the form of 18-year-old Jenelle Gomez, who ran away with the renewal of the NCGA Women’s Amateur.

Gomez’s second-round, 1-under-par round 71 was the only under par round of the tournament and the best round by five strokes at the 6158-yard Poppy Hills Golf Course. “I didn’t hit the ball that well today but I just made the putts I had to,” the champion said. “My bad shots just missed all the trouble spots.” Gomez, who was the 2003 NCGA Junior Girls’ champions as well as the 2005 Western Athletic Conference runner-up, was powered by birdies at Nos. 8, 14 and 15 to take the title by five strokes.

“I’ve been frustrated with my game so I talked to my coach last night. So it feels great to win on this tough course,” the San Jose State sophomore-to-be said. Gomez was the lead player on San Jose State’s team as a freshman and hopes to enter LPGA Tour Qualifying School in 2006. Gomez was in second place after the first round, a round played in such foggy conditions that the players were often left searching for anything resembling a target.

Sixteen-year-old Corinna Rees earned runner-up honors. The Monterey Peninsula Country Club member was fighting fatigue because of a hellacious schedule leading up to the tournament that saw her win the California State Women’s Championship as well as qualify for the First Tee Open, the Champions’ Tour event that pairs juniors with senior players at Pebble Beach. “I’m still really tired from last week,” the senior-to-be at Pacific Grove High School said. “I missed a lot of putts today but Jenelle made everything she looked at. She played awesome.” Rees plays on the Pacific Grove boys’ golf team and hopes to be paired with Peter Jacobson at the First Tee Open. Rees’ consistent play enabled her to grab the first round lead with a 76, but her second round 78 was not enough to hold off the resilient Gomez.

Corral de Tierra’s Courtney Clark surged into third place with a 76 in the second round that left her two shots out of second.

The President’s flight, for handicap indexes ranging from 7.5 to 14.6 was won by Sue Thompson of the Executive Women’s Golf Association with a two-round, net score of 146 (74-72). The Director’s flight, for indexes ranging from 14.7 and higher, was captured by Sandy Body, also of the Executive Women’s Golf Association with a two-round net score of 145 (68-77).

Championship Flight Jenelle Gomez, Almaden G&CC, 78-71--149

Corinna Rees, Monterey Peninsula CC, 76-78--154

Courtney Clark, Corral De Tierra CC, 80-76--156

Eva Monisteri, Franklin Fun GC, 79-78--157

Lynne Cowan, El Macero Country Club, 83-75--158

Julianna Uhrik, Spring Creek G&CC, 81-77--158

Stephanie Sendell, Company Club at PB, 82-78--160

Marianne Towersey, Corral De Tierra CC, 84-77--161

Elaine Harris, Lake Merced G&CC, 79-82--161

Eloise Vicencio, Old River GC, 83-79--162

Lyn Nelson, Half Moon Bay GC, 83-79--162

Sandy Woodruff, Valley Gardens GC, 84-79--163

Alexis Edwards, Discovery Bay GC, 82-82--164

Kathryn Murphy, Pajaro Valley GC, 88-77--165

Lindsey Shean, Corral De Tierra CC, 84-81--165

Kathie Hetherington, East Bay Hackers, 82-83--165

Ann Lahey, Mt. Tam GC, 88-80--168

Kim Thompson, Teal Bend GC, 85-84--169

Sandy Szczerbin, Sandia Tourney Golfers, 90-80--170

Madeleine Nguyen, Palo Alto GC, 87-83--170

Brianna Loyear, Madera Muni GC, 87-83--170

Penny Walch, Castlewood CC, 82-88--170

Joyce Baker, EWGA Sacramento Chapter, 88-83--171

Jessica Hazlett, Stanford GC Associates, 87-84--171

Susie-Q Conklin, Livermore Valley Golfers, 86-89--175

Brooke Green, Sacramento GC, 88-88--176

Marsha Lutz, PGG Laguna Seca GC, 91-87--178

Rachel Moreaux, EWGA-SMN Handicap, 96-86--182

Kate Hart, Crow Canyon CC, 90-99--189

President's Flight Sue Thompson, EWGA-SMN Handicap, 74-72--146

Joan Kruse, Half Moon Bay GC, 80-70--150

Kathleen Small, NAS Golf Association, 75-76--151

Liz Frome, Indian Valley GC, 73-78--151

Linda Rindt, Fairway Couples, 74-78--152

Diana Tan, Gleneagles Intl GC, 80-73--153

Kian Lee, Palo Alto GC, 73-80--153

Elaine Rotty, Half Moon Bay GC, 84-70--154

Carolyn Stull, Davis GC, 75-79--154

Maureen Earley, Rolmex GC, 84-73--157

Cheri Doege, Olympic Club, 78-83--161

Mary Holloway, Fore Women GC, 85-77--162

Sonja Van Laar, Woodbridge G&CC, 85-80--165 Director's Flight Sandy Boyd, EWGA-SMN Handicap, 68-77--145 Kris Corbridge, EWGA Sacramento Chapter, 75-71--146 Diana Volpini-Allen, Half Moon Bay GC, 77-73--150 Angie Sonico, Rule #7, 86-65--151 Joan English, Canyon Lakes CC, 75-78--153 Linda Reid, EWGA Sacramento Chapter, 77-78--155 Joyce Glatt, Chardonnay Club, 85-71--156 Clare Payne, EWGA Sacramento Chapter, 75-82--157 Sherri Suto, Blackberry Farm GC, 81-78--159 Yvonne Williams, Fore Women GC, 79-80--159 Michele Plummer, Sacramento Golf Club, 72-87--159 Gillian Tracy, EWGA Sacramento Chapter, 76-85--161 Joohyun Hong, Santa Clara GC, 74-88--162 Janet Allaway, Walnut Creek GC, 78-86--164 Emily Wagner,Castlewood CC, 86-79--165

ABOUT THE NCGA Women's Amateur

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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