Georgia Senior Women's: Pictor owns it

ACWORTH, Ga. (Aug. 31, 2011) -– With a final round, 3-under-par 69, Brenda Pictor of Marietta cruised a 12-stroke victory in the 14th annual GSGA Senior Women’s Champiionship.

Jane Duggan of Atlanta and Cheryl Grigg of Sea Island tied for runner-up honors at 157. Grigg scored a 75 in the final round, while Duggan posted a 76. They were the only competitors, aside from Pictor, to post a score below 80 during the 36-hole tournament.

Deborah Agran of Greensboro, Mary Riley of Perry, and first-flight winner Debra Partridge of Roswell tied for fourth overall at 162. Riley was runner-up to Pictor in 2010, while Agran placed third last year.

Susan Rheney of Greensboro sat solo in seventh at 164, while third-flight winner Jill Reichelderfer of Lilburn placed eighth at 166. Past champion Rochelle Weaver of Resaca (2000) won the second flight and finished ninth overall at 167. Three players – Cynthia Norten of Dunwoody, Maria Johnson of Jesup and Helen Joyce of Cumming – tied for 10th at 168.

Pictor began the final round with a four-shot lead over Agran and Rheney. That lead was never in doubt as she posted five straight birdies on holes 2 through 6 to make the turn with a 5-under 31. Bogeys on holes 10 and 11 slowed her torrid pace, but she finished with seven straight pars for her 3-under 69. Her 12-shot margin of victory is believed to be the largest in the 14-year history of the Championship.

Pictor, who won her first GSGA Senior Women’s Championship in 2007, is the first to capture four titles in this event. She has been the GSGA Senior Women’s Player of the Year in each of the last four seasons, sharing title in 2007 with Darlene Werhnyak and winning the next three outright). She is also the current GSGA Tommy Barnes Award winner signifying the Association’s overall Player of the Year.

Other flight winners included Donnie Faucette of Big Canoe in the fourth (171), Hai-Ping Lee of Cumming in the fifth (166), Julie Hebert of Marietta in the sixth (170), Brenda Evans of Fort Valley in the seventh (183), and Thelma Henry of Alpharetta in the eighth (192).

ABOUT THE Georgia Senior Women's Amateur

Open to female amateur golfers age 50 and above as of the first day of the competition for the Championship or Senior Division or age 65 and above for the Super Senior Division

Field: 132 player-maximum divided between elective Championship, Senior or Super Senior Divisions; A number of players to be determined with the lowest USGA Handicap Indexes per division will be accepted

Format: 36 holes of flighted stroke play

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