CLIFTON SPRINGS, NY (Aug. 17, 2011) --
The 59th Senior Women’s
Championship and 5th Women’s
Super Senior Championship produced different
results in the two divisions: there was one
first-time champion – senior Carina
Watkins – and one player, super senior
Sandra Wood, winning her third straight title.
Neither victory came easy. Watkins held
off a late surge from a former champion, and
Wood needed five playoff holes to shake her
Watkins, in her first year eligible, held off a
second-day charge from 2008 Champion Kim
Kaul. Kaul shot a 74, the low-round of the
championship, but Watkins’ 76 proved
to be enough to win.
Watkins shot a 75 on the first day, and
ended with a 36-hole total of 151. Kaul had a
79 on the opening 18 holes, and totaled a 153.
Watkins was nothing but smiles when she
was confirmed the champion.
awesome, this is unbelievable,” said
Watkins. ‘I don’t know if
I’ve ever been so nervous. I was really
nervous this morning, and in the first nine I
was four-over. I just tried to tell myself to
calm down and trust my swing, and I played
well on the back.”
Watkins made four-bogeys on that front
nine, but she steadied herself just enough on
“I just talked myself into playing
better, and I had a few big up-and-
downs,” said Watkins, who had only one
bogey on the back, as well as her lone birdie
(number 18). “I missed the green on 12
– the par-3 – and I got up-and-
down. Then I got up and-down on 13 and 14.
That was big.”
In front of her, Kaul was putting together
the best round of the week, but Watkins had
tunnel vision going down the stretch.
“I didn’t know what Kim and
the others were doing in the group ahead of
us,” said Watkins, who set a top-five
finish as her goal prior to the championship.
“I was just thinking, ‘one shot at
a time.’ I was just focusing on my
Kaul put together a great effort, but in the
end, was just short. Her 74 included three
birdies and five bogeys. She three-
putted number one for bogey, but shortly after
she got some momentum.
“I made a great putt on three, a
long, curling putt,” said Kaul, who
birdied the hole. “That really got me
going, that got my putter confident. That got
the round going. I just played pretty
Kaul added that she got more comfortable
with Clifton Springs’ tricky greens as
the round went on, but couldn’t
capitalize in the most pressure-packed
“I gave myself chances on the last
two holes to make birdie, but couldn’t
make the putts.”
Clifton Springs’ own Lynn Quinn
(second round 76) tied with Susan Kahler
(second round 77) for third. The two carded
36-hole totals of 154.
The Super Senior division turned into a
back-and-forth showdown between day-one
leader Sandra Wood, and Sue Sims, who
entered the second day trailing Wood by one
It looked like Wood wouldn’t have
to sweat it when Sims bogeyed her first three
holes. But Wood’s four-stroke lead
evaporated when she made back-to-back
double bogeys on five and six (both par 4s).
The drama continued when Wood bogeyed
14, putting Sims ahead by one. That lead was
short lived when Sims doubled the par-4
15th and Wood managed a par. Sims
made a clutch birdie one 17 to tie it up once
Then onto 18.
“I three putted the last hole for a
bogey, and I knew I needed to make that
second putt,” said Wood. “
(Sims) made a six foot bogey putt to force the
playoff. I was so tired at that point I
didn’t even let it worry me.”
With 36-hole totals of 158, the two were
at a stalemate after the first four playoff
holes. Starting at number one, the two went
bogey, par, bogey par, before something finally
gave on hole 41.
“I hit a decent drive, but then hit a
wood into the bunker,” said Wood.
“I had a decent lie, but it was still in the
bunker. I chunked it out to about 27 feet from
the hole, and I sunk it.”
When Sims bogeyed the hole, Wood had
her third straight Super Senior Championship.
And she really had to earn this one.
“I can’t believe it, I really
can’t,” said Wood, who gave
much credit her caddy, and husband, Dan
Wood. “I’m 71, and to go five
extra holes – I was tired after 18. I am
just over the moon.”
Throughout this tournament, and her
previous Super Senior Ams, Wood said her goal
is to always break 80. She had a 79 in second
round –so the magic number was
magical once again
“My husband told me no double
bogeys and no three-putts and I’d be
fine,” said Wood, who coaches Ithaca
College’s Women’s golf team
with her husband. ”Well, I had five
three putts and two double bogeys, but I
And the extra holes weren’t so bad
once the trophy was in hand.
“Of all the years I’ve played
golf, I’ve never had to do this many
holes in a playoff, so that was fun.”