West Virginia Sr. Women's: Ramsey wins 4th straight

TERRA ALTA, West. Virg. (June 15, 2011) -- Caroline Ramsey has won the 38th West Virginia Women’s Senior Amateur Championship. This is Ramsey’s 11th win and fourth consecutive title. The 2010 Women’s Senior Player of the Year shot 3-over-par 77 today at Alpine Lake Resort, bringing her two-day total to 152. In four strokes behind Ramsey were Beckley’s Claytina Shepherd and Summersville’s Kathy Thompson, who both finished at 156 for their final total.

After a card-off, Shepherd will serve as this year’s Runner-up. Seventy-four of the state’s top senior women golfers played in the two-day event at Alpine Lake.

“I’m so thrilled,” remarked Ramsey humbly. “This has been a great Championship at Alpine, the staff and facility has just been fantastic.”

Ramsey was the leader in the clubhouse at the conclusion of the first round of play, shooting a steady 1-over-par 75 on the mountainous course. Thompson was in the second place position, shooting 79 for the day. Rounding out the final two positions in the top pairing group were Shepherd and Summersville’s Esther Joo, who both posted scores of 80. Yesterday’s round featured a fewest putts competition, where Charleston’s Sharon Southworth made the fewest putts with 27 total. At the completion of the first round, the field was broken down into six flights, including a Championship flight, which constituted the top 13 scores of the day. The remaining five flights were divided up as equally as possible.

In addition to being Champion, Ramsey is also the Silver Division Champion. Parkersburg’s Delores Steege is the Gold Division Champion. In the Championship flight, Thompson was the low net winner, shooting 16-under-par 132 net. Hurricane’s Karyn Engel is the overall flight winner, while Bridgeport’s Deborah Reif is the flight runner-up. Barboursville’s Candy Rollyson is the First Flight winner, shooting 166 for her two-day total. Wheeling’s Sherie Burns is the First Flight runner-up, while Shepherdstown’s Suze Sheehan was First Flight low net, coming in at 135.

Other flight winners include Hurricane’s Betty Brandon, who won the Second Flight, shooting 174; Hurricane’s Rita Henchey won the Third Flight, shooting 187, St. Albans’ Drema Watts won the Fourth Flight, shooting a 185; and Hedgesville’s Sheryl Dolin won the Fifth Flight with a 202 36-hole total. During today’s round, the ladies participated in a closest-to-the-hole competition, where Elkview’s Sheila Holstein won, making her shot just 8 ½ feet away from the 14th hole flagstick.

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Entries are open to female amateur golfers who are 50 years of age or older by the first round of the championship and are members of the WVGA. The championship will be 36-holes of flighted stroke play competition with 18 holes per day.

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