Georgia Women's Team: Davis-Spinucci three-peat

SAVANNAH, Ga. – The duo of Danielle Davis of St. Simons Island and Ginette Spinucci of Stone Mountain fired a final-round 68 to win the 26th Annual Georgia Women’s Team Championship by five strokes over runner-ups Maria Johnson of Jesup and Ashley Beecher of Hazelhurst. Davis and Spinucci, who posted a 2-under-par 140 (72-68) final score, is the first team to go back-to-back-to-back (2009-11) in the history of this event.

With the victory, Davis has now won four Women’s Team Championships. The last three were with Spinucci, and her first title in 2004 was with Maria Johnson of Jesup. Spinucci picked up her sixth title, and fourth in a row. She has won two with Marilyn Nolan-Johnson of Marietta (2005, ’06), one with four-time GSGA Senior Women’s Player of the Year Brenda Pictor of Marietta (2008), and the past three with Davis (2009-11).

Johnson and Beecher’s final score was 3-over-par 145 (76-69), which was one stroke better than the third-place team, Liz Butler and Deborah Agran (4-over-par 146 (76-70), both of Greensboro. Finishing fourth was the team of Betsy Butler of Atlanta and Phyllis Foisy of Statham (5-over-par 147 (75-72) and fifth was the team of Marilyn Nolan-Johnson of Marietta and Debra Partridge of Roswell (6-over-par 148 (77-71). Nancy Hendrix and Elaine Carsel, both of Athens, finished sixth at 10-over-par 152 (76-76) and Jodie Shepard and Cheryl Drewyer, both of Newnan, finished seventh at 11-over-par 153 (79-74). The team ofJean Davis and Sissi Gann, both of Kathleen, rounded out the top-10 of the Championship flight at 19-over-par 161 (80-81).

Karen Sellick and Pat Kock, both of Savannah, held on to their first-round lead and won the First flight at 5-over-par 147 (73-74). In the Second flight, Lurisa Waldron of Lavonia and Kaye Lewis of Fair Play won at 12-over-par 154 (82-72), and in the Third flight, Jean Edge and Bonnie Beene, both of Warner Robins, won at 18-over-par 160 (87-73). Brenda Duke of Perry and Connie Haugabook of Montezuma tied with Patsy Long of Jasper and Laura Morris of Big Canoe to share the top spot of Fourth flight at 26-over-par 168.

ABOUT THE Georgia Women's Team

Entries: Open to two-person teams of female amateur golfers who have a maximum handicap differential of eight strokes. Must be 18 years old as of the first day of the tournament.

Field: 60-80 teams - players may elect to compete in the Championship Grodd Division or the Net Division; up to 10 teams will comprise the Championship Division.

Format: Round One - 18 holes of four-ball gross stroke play for Championship flight and four-ball net stroke play for remaining flights; Round Two - scramble format

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