Griffin and Eaton take Titles at Jones/Doherty Championship
Kendall Griffin (courtesy of AJGA)
Kendall Griffin (courtesy of AJGA)

FT. LAUDERDALE, Florida (January 23, 2016) -- Extreme winds and cold temperatures made for a difficult challenge for finalists at the 84th Ione D. Jones/Doherty Women's Amateur Championship.

Kendall Griffin of Sebring, Fla. was up for the challenge as she defeated Julia Matzat of Parkland, Fla. 4-and-2 in the amateur championship match.

Griffin, a 2017 LSU commit, qualified as the 3rd seed and finished off her semifinal match 4-and-2 in the morning before taking on Matzat in the afternoon.

"I was just trying to be patient," Griffin told the Sun Sentinel. "The conditions were crazy. A few times I thought, 'This is unplayable.' But I think it makes it more fun with those conditions. I feel like it makes you more focused."

In the Senior Division, Kim Eaton faced off against Lynn Cowan, two legends of the amateur game. Kim Eaton of Mesa, Ariz. is a past champion of the event in 2010 and has 19 Colorado Women's Golf Association wins to her credit. On the other hand, Cowan, of Rocklin, Calif., has played in an incredible 19 USGA championships and has four California State Am Titles to her name.

In what was certainly a well played match, Eaton defeated Cowan 3-and-2 and reclaimed her crown.

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