FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla (Jan. 21, 2012) -- Oakland Park's Meghan Stasi became the oldest golfer in the past eight years to win the coveted 80th annual Ione D. Jones/Doherty Women's Amateur Championship at the Coral Ridge Country Club as she rallied for a 1-up victory over Boca Raton's Jaye Marie Green on Saturday.
The 33-year-old Stasi completed a solid week that saw her take out the world's number six golfer and defending champion, Charley Hull, 2010 Curtis Cup member Holly Clyburn and Green, 17, who is the top-ranked U.S. golfer according to Golfweek/amateurgolf.com.
"I was in a little slump there with my putting for a couple of holes so I am glad I got it back," said Stasi, who became the oldest winner of the event since Perry Swenson won the 2004 title at 21. Since then it has been a run of teenagers, including Coral Springs' Lexi Thompson in 2009 and 2010. "It is honor to win, especially be so close the last few years."
Stasi, the 2008 Doherty runner-up, went 2-up through six before Green battled back to go 1-up as she won the last three holes on the front nine with a birdie and two pars as Stasi three-putted eight and nine, missing back-to-back five foot putts.