Familiar Names Atop Alabama Women's Senior Leaderboard
PRATTVILLE, Ala. (April 19, 2011) -- The 39th
Women’s State Senior Championship began
play today at Prattville Country Club and two
familiar names lead the way.
Defending champion Tami Green and two-time
former champion Martha Lang both carded
four-over-par rounds of 75. They lead Nancy
Schlich of Auburn by four shots, who was the
only other player to break 80.
Green, who beat Lang in a playoff last year,
had 14 pars and bogeys on Nos. 5, 10, 14 and
Lang’s card was a bit more up-and-down with
bogeys on Nos. 1, 2, 5, 6, 10, 12 and 15
against birdies on 8, 13 and 15.
This championship is open to ladies who are 50
years old and above and is 54 holes of stroke
play, concluding on Thursday.
There have been eight multiple champions over
the years. This list is led by Mary Isbell, who
won the championship an astounding eight
times between 1995 and 2003, winning every
year in this stretch except for 2000.
The lady who broke that streak and won in
2000 was Chris Spivey, who has won it four
times, as has Gloria Ellers.
June Mayson won it three times, with Sally
Shertzer, Carolyn Smith, Ruth Garrison and
Lang each having won twice.
Lang, who grew up in Decatur, moved out of
state for many, many years, and now lives in
Birmingham, won it in 2007; finished second to
Harriet Cauthen in ‘08; won in a playoff in ‘09;
and lost in a playoff last year.
A career amateur, she is chairman of the
United States Golf Association women’s
committee and travels the country helping and
officiating at USGA championships.
“It was my first tournament since the fall and I
haven’t had the time to work on my game
much. I just decided to come down here and
have fun. Starting out was a little slow, but
this is a tricky course…you need to have your
wits about you on it.”
Green hails from Hamilton and beat Lang last
year in a two-hole, cumulative playoff after
they had identical rounds of 73-75-77–225 at
Cypress Lakes Golf Club in Muscle Shoals. She
won the playoff after parring the two holes
and is now in the hunt for back-to-back titles.
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