Tennessee Women's Open: Amateur Stratton wins
CROSSVILLE, Tenn. (July 21, 2012) -- Spring Hill’s Lauren Stratton claimed the 2012 Golf Capital of Tennessee Women’s Open title posting a final round 72 to win the event with a three-round total of 211 (69-70-72), five under par. Starting the final round one stroke behind second round leader, Haley Wilson from Fort Mitchell, Alabama, Stratton’s steady play helped clinch the championship.

Like her previous rounds, Stratton made few mistakes and fought through tough conditions to keep her scorecard free of big numbers. “I wanted to give myself the most birdie opportunities possible—it’s an easy round if you’re always putting for birdie,” said Stratton. Starting her round with an up and down on the first hole, Stratton kept par in her sights as she made her final trek around the Stonehenge Golf Club. Her only bogey of the round came at the par 4 sixth hole, which she immediately made up for with a 3-foot birdie putt on the par 5 eighth hole. “I started a little shaky, but hung through it because I knew it was there,” commented Stratton.

Stratton is a rising senior at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. Vanderbilt Head Coach Greg Allen describes Stratton’s game as solid. “Stratton has worked hard the last four to five years and has one of the best golf swings in college golf,” said Coach Allen. “She had a great junior year, and I know she will continue her outstanding play for her final season at Vanderbilt.”

Earlier this summer, Stratton claimed the 2012 Tennessee Amateur Championship title. Vanderbilt now has had three players claim the Tennessee Amateur and Open titles in the same year—Sarah Jacobs in 2003, Kendall Martindale in 2011, and now Lauren Stratton. “It’s great to have girls from Tennessee support the state tournaments and for another Commodore to win both titles,” said Coach Allen.

“It’s an honor to win this event and to have my name engraved on the trophy,” said Stratton. “I’ve played in this tournament for a while, and it’s always a fun, relaxing week because you get to play in front of all these fans that love to watch this event.”

Low professional honors went to Mo Martin from Altadena, California who posted 212 (74-69-69), four under par to finish second behind Stratton and took home $5,000.00.

Many thanks to the City of Crossville, the title sponsor of the Golf Capital of Tennessee Women’s Open, as well as to our host facility, Stonehenge Golf Club, and the many volunteers from the Fairfield Glade Community.

For more information about the Tennessee Women’s Open, including results, visit www.tnwomensopen.com. The Golf Capital of Tennessee Women’s Open is one of fifteen championships conducted annually by the Tennessee Golf Association. Visit www.golfhousetennessee.com for more information about the TGA, located at Golf House Tennessee in Franklin.

ABOUT THE Tennessee Women's Open

Eligibility: Entries are open to professional and amateur female golfers who meet the following requirements (1) meet the USGA policy on transgender individuals and (2) for amateur participants, have USGA Handicap Index of 7.0 or less for the Open Division and 12.0 or less for the Senior Division from a USGA recognized state or regional golf association at the time of entry. Senior Division participants must be 50 years of age or older on the first day of the competition.

Field: 144 players with 96 positions are reserved for the Open Division and 48 positions are reserved for the Senior Division.

Format: The Women's Open Open Division will be contested at 54- holes of stroke play. The field will be cut to the low 60 players and ties after 36-holes. The Women's Open Senior Division is contested at 36-holes of stroke play without a cut. Professionals and amateurs in their respective divisions play from the same yardage

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