Green in Lead at Alabama Women's Senior Championship

PRATTVILLE, Ala. (April 20, 2011) -- Defending champion Tami Green leads the 39th Women’s State Senior Championship after two rounds at Prattville Country Club, with two other familiar names and former champions in pursuit.

Green shot rounds of 75-77–152 to lead Lang (75-81–156) by four and Spivey (81-76–157) by five.

Green, who beat Lang in a playoff last year, had a rough start with bogeys on her first three holes, but then settled down somewhat. She carded three more bogeys before a birdie on No. 17.

Lang struggled on the greens, with 10 bogeys and eight pars.

This championship is open to ladies who are 50 years old and above and is 54 holes of stroke play, concluding tomorrow.

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 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.

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.

“It’s a tricky course and the difference between Martha and me was on the greens. She had some putts that curled away at the last moment and I had some that fell in,” Green said.

Being defending champion gives Green the confidence that she can win it again.

“It helps that I’ve done it before, but it will be tough. I want it bad, but if they (Lang and/or Spivey) play better than me, they will deserve to win.”

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