Joanne Lee Takes NoCal Women's Amateur

PEBBLE BEACH, CA (July 7, 2009)--Short game was the key for Joanne Lee as she nabbed the NCGA Women’s Championship at Poppy Hills.

Lee headed straight for the chipping area after yesterday’s round at Spyglass Hill and it paid off today. The Cal Berkeley junior parred the first five holes of the day and then went on to make birdie at the par-4 8th hole and also the par-5 12th. ”I felt like I could attack the pins more today,” said Lee, who finished at nine-over-par 154 to win by one stroke.

The 20-year-old gained confidence heading into the final round at Poppy Hills, after almost two years out of tournament play, having redshirted last year at Cal. Lee improved by eight strokes in the final round after posting an 81 at Spyglass, and captured the title having never played in the championship before, “I wanted to play in competition over the summer and this was close to home.”

But the San Carlos resident is used to elite competition, winning the NCGA Junior Championship in 2007 at Lake Merced, playing in the U.S. Women’s Amateur for five straight years as a junior and competing as an amateur at the U.S. Women’s Open in 2006 and 2007.

Corinna Rees of Monterey Peninsula CC carded a 74 to take second place at 10-over-par 155. The Arkansas sophomore found consistency in the final round after a first round 81. Hali Coppin of Lincoln Hills Club and Holly Bare of eClub Fresno tied for third at 12-over 157.

Overnight leader Stephanie Sendell of the Company Club at Pebble Beach withdrew from the tournament on the 14th hole of the final round.

Patricia Cornett of Richmond CC captured the NCGA Women’s Senior Championship. The two-time Curtis Cup player (’78 and ‘88) backed up a first round three-over-par 76 at Spyglass Hill with an 80 at Poppy Hills to comfortably claim the title by four strokes over the field at eight-over-par 156.

Cornett, a physician residing in Mill Valley, birdied the par-5 4th hole but left a few strokes on the course. “I played much better yesterday; I didn’t really putt as well today.” But it was still good enough to win the senior divison on her first attempt at the championship.

Corral de Tierra’s Marianne Towersey held on to second place with a 79 to finish at 15-over-par 160 and six strokes clear of the third place finishers. Karen Price of Coyote Run and Sally Kreuger of Cypress Point Club carded 78 and 81 respectively to tie for third place at 21-over 166.

Final Results - Championship Flight

Joanne Lee Mariners Point Linksters GC 81-73–154
Corinna Rees Monterey Peninsula CC 81-74–155
Hali Coppin Lincoln Hills Club 82-75–157
Holly Bare eClub Fresno 79-78–157
Danielle Cvitanov North Ridge CC 82-76–158
Jennifer Jenq eClub South Bay 82-76–158
Bonnie Hu Santa Teresa GC 82-77–159
Kelly Wilson eClub Sacramento 86-74–160
Brooke Green Ancil Hoffman GC 79-81–160
Cristina Corpus Castlewood CC 85-76–161
Emily Childs Chuck Corica GC 82-81–163
Kristen Allard River Island CC 87-77–164
Lindsey Shean Corral de Tierra CC 86-78–164
Karen Garcia Auburn CC 86-78–164
Sammi Saffold Ancil Hoffman GC 82-82–164
Jody Ho San Jose Muni Jr GC Y.O.C. 80-84–164
Cicilia Chudivan NMGA at Monterey Pines 86-79–165
Belen Hernandez Merced GCC 84-82–166
Meaghan Kari Windsor GC 80-86–166
Kercia Brakel Woodbridge GCC 87-80–167
Erika Salinas New Sac Golf eClub 86-82–168
Devin Dougherty Yolo Fliers Club 84-84–168
Brittany Carrera Collegiate Players Club 88-81–169
Suzanne Kim Crow Canyon CC 90-81–171
Lauren Dobashi North Ridge CC 88-84–172
Carly Childs Alameda GC 89-83–172
Teri Preciado-Gangi La Rinconada CC 88-84–172
Lynne Cowan El Macero CC 91-81–172
Caitlin Locke Greenhorn Creek GC 89-84–173
Shaylee Yano King’s River GCC 87-87–174
Ariana Patterson eClub Monterey Bay 90-84–174
Bryana Gregory Morgan Creek GCC 90-84–174
Deidre Crabtree NCGA Association Membership 91-83–174
Kirsten Locke Greenhorn Creek GC 93-81–174
Piper Miller Collegiate Players Club 86-88–174
Spencer Heller Turlock GCC 94-81–175
Kimberly Bedolla San Jose CC 88-88–176
Brittany Cooley Company Club at Pebble Beach 91-85–176
Courtney Soekland Fountaingrove GAC 93-84–177
Amanda Robertson Valley Oaks GC 89-89–178
Teruko Kobayashi De Laveaga GC 92-86–178
Ashley Edwards Deer Ridge CC 93-85–178
Darcy Lake Rancho Murieta CC 96-83–179
Jennifer Brumbaugh LMEA GC 100-79–179
Tara Mortimeyer Cherry Island GC 94-86–180
Karen Hoppe NCGA Association Membership 95-86–181
Audra Kepler Buchanan Fields GC 88-94–182
Debroah Lee eClub Monterey Bay 95-87–182
Laura Jones NCGA Association Membership 98-87–185
Joella Paniccia Fig Garden GC 95-93–188
Ruth Edginton Madera GCC 96-92–188
Sasha Cruz Alameda GC 100-88–188
Krysta Clark NCGA Junior Tour 101-87–188
Cindy Aafedt Deer Ridge CC 102-88–190
Amy Cowan El Macero CC 99-95–194
Tiffany Derksen eClub Fresno 106-89–195
Alana Kendall Bishop CC 106-95–201
Elisse Van Deusen Cameron Park CC 103-101–204
Teresa Klein Boulder Creek GCC 106-101–207
Julie Shutler Manteca Park GC 91-WD–WD
Stephanie Sendell Company Club at Pebble Beach 78-WD–WD

Final Results - Senior Flight

Patricia Cornett Richmond CC 76-80–156
Marianne Towersey Corral de Tierra CC 81-79–160
Karen Price Coyote Run GC 88-78–166
Sally Krueger Cypress Point Club 85-81–166
Lisa Stanley NCGA Association Membership 88-81–169
Rebecca Reese San Jose CC 90-81–171
Tina Barker Livermore Valley Golfers GC 87-84–171
Terry Mayes Eagle Ridge GC 86-87–173
Yoshie Christopher Sequoyah CC 89-85–174
Marsha Lutz Laguna Seca GR 89-85–174
Earleen Chandler NCGA Association Membership 89-91–180
Kyung Nim Jin Golf Tech GC 92-89–181
Joan Lake Rancho Murieta CC 89-92–181
Michelle Johansen Tehama GC 87-94–181
Susie-Q Conklin Half Moon Bay GL 95-88–183
Sandra Szczerbin Sandia Tourney Golfers 101-82–183
Janet Vrudny Laguna Seca GR 99-86–185
Kay Antoku Sunnyside CC 90-98–188
Sue Thompson EWGA-SMN Handicap 104-84–188
Maureen Earley Rolmex GC 96-93–189
Kathleen Small Los Altos GCC 96-93–189
Vickie Ciccarelli Madera GCC 97-93–190
Janet Emerson Vintner’s GC 91-101–192
Dolly Coleman Green Valley CC 103-89–192
Kay Dunbar Madera GCC 102-91–193
Teri Neidigh Eagle Ridge GC 97-98–195
Sandy Day Bishop CC 105-90–195
Valorie Dommes Deer Ridge CC 97-101–198
Pam Palmieri Granite Bay GC 105-93–198
Stephanie Bellato C S GC 102-99–201
Sonja Van Laar Woodbridge GCC 103-101–204
Georgia Hoenig Crow Canyon CC 113-94–207

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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