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Stasi, Connelly win Women's International Four-Ball in playoff
Meghan Stasi
Meghan Stasi

WELLINGTON, Fla. (Feb. 17, 2013) -- The 2013 Women’s International Four-Ball Championship was exceptionally close this year. Palm Beach’s Tara Connelly and Oakland Park’s Meghan Stasi battled through cold and windy weather to shoot an even par 72 during the final day, for a two-under (70-72) 142. However, the duo still had a challenging task ahead of them in order to win the Championship. Marie Arnoux and Alexandra Frazier came from behind and fired a final day 69 (73-69-142), forcing a sudden death playoff at The Wanderer’s Club in Wellington, Florida.

This was a familiar setting for the U.S. Mid-Amateur Champ, Meghan Stasi, and The French Mid-Amateur Champ, Marie Arnoux. Stasi and Arnoux battled it out in the final match during last year’s FSGA Women’s Amateur Championship. Stasi came out on top the last time the two met, and she would not be denied victory this time either.

The intense playoff between the two teams ended on the fifth hole, where the Connelly/Stasi duo sank a birdie putt to claim the Women’s International Four-Ball Championship. This is the duo’s second win as a team; the first came back in September, when they won the FSGA Women’s Four-Ball Match Play Championship.

Mary Jane Hiestand of Naples and Diane Lang of Estero continued their consistent play, shooting a 146 and finishing third in the event. Defending Champions Taffy Brower and Alexa Hammer finished tied for fourth with Gale Brudner/ Ellen Oswald.

In the Silver Division first flight, Ashley Crain and Claudio Cenko were able to hold onto their lead, finishing two strokes ahead over the teams of Nancy Jackson/Maria Marino and Debbie Mook Sang/Sisi Hedges. Leann Cesario and Debra Wangrud fired a second-day 75 to win the Silver Division second flight.

Lanette Gustafson and Eileen Burke were victorious in the Bronze Division first flight where they shot 77-78-155. The team of Lemon-Steiner and Lemon-Steiner claimed the Bronze Division second flight, where they shot a two-day total 179.

ABOUT THE Women's International Four-Ball

The Women's International Four-Ball is conducted by the Florida State Golf Association at the Wanderer's Club in Wellington Florida.

Championship Format
- 36 holes of four-ball stroke play, (commonly known as a two-person, best-ball)
- Maximum of 48 total teams
- Two divisions - Championship and Middle Division
- Teams must select their division at the time of entry
- The overall Champion will be the team from the Championship Division with the lowest 36-hole total score

Eligibility
- Female amateur golfers
- Both entrants must be at least 18 years of age as of the first day of the Championship
- A valid USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 18.0 at time of entry
- Entrants are not required to be a member of the FSGA
- Championship Division - At time of entry, all teams in the Championship Division must have a combined team handicap index of 14.0 or less
- Middle Division - 95% of each player's handicap will be used. The course handicap differential between partners may be no more than eight (8) strokes. (If the differential is more than eight (8) strokes, the higher course handicap will be reduced to allow for the difference)

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