House wins MGA Women's Public Links

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (July 13, 2011) – On an ideal day for golf at one of the nation’s most popular public facilities, it was Victoria House’s time to shine as she came out on top at the 14th WMGA/MGA Women’s Public Links Championship at Bethpage State Park’s Red Course in Farmingdale, N.Y. House, an 18-year-old Brooklyn resident, shot a 5-over-par 75 to earn her first MGA title, beating out a field that included 2005 winner Karen Bouloucon of Crystal Springs.

Bethpage is well-known for the throngs of spectators who took the train to the famed facility for the 2009 and 2002 U.S. Opens, so it is only fitting that House, whose family does not own a car, commuted by train to the event and will be riding back home with her golf bag and championship hardware. House is a rising sophomore at the University of San Francisco where she was a walk-on for the women’s golf team. The win gives the young House, who grew up playing in the Met PGA Junior golf program and won the 2010 Met PGA New York City Championship, added confidence and motivation at the collegiate level. “As a walk-on, I always feel the need to prove myself. This win helps me prove to myself that I can compete in events with a very talented field,” said House.

House wasn’t the only young golfer who played well today. Finishing three strokes back with a 78 was Anna Ausanio of Beekman, and Karen Cash of Darlington (N.J.) Golf Course shot a 79 to tie for third. Ausanio and Cash, both 20 years old, played together in the final group. Cash plays her collegiate golf for East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania, while Ausanio is a member of the Central Connecticut State golf team. Also finishing in third place was Mayouko Abe of Marine Park.

ABOUT THE MET Women's Public Links

The growth of women’s golf in the 1990s spurred the creation in 1998 of the Women’s Public Links Championship, jointly run by the MGA and the Women’s Metropolitan Golf Association. The Red Course at Bethpage State Park has been a four- time host of the Women’s Public Links, and the championship has also visited such highly regarded venues as New Jersey National, Sterling Farms and Hudson Hills.

The WMGA/MGA Women’s Public Links is open to all female golfers who reside in the WMGA/MGA district, have a Handicap Index of 20.0 or lower and do not hold playing privileges at a course from which the general public is excluded. The championship is conducted over 18 holes of stroke play.

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