Sarah Phillips-Durst captures the Florida Women's Senior Title
Winners Sarah Phillips-Durst and Reggie Parker <br>(FSGA Photo)
Winners Sarah Phillips-Durst and Reggie Parker
(FSGA Photo)

PLANTATAION, FL (April 5, 2017) -- The top Florida Senior Women competed in two rounds of stroke play at Fort Lauderdale Country Club to determine who would be crowned Senior Amateur Champion.

The Championship division saw a tight leaderboard after round one with Taffy Brower capturing the lead by one stroke. Brower, of Boynton Beach, is a tough competitor who not only won the Senior Amateur Championship in 2008, but was inducted into the FSGA Hall of Fame in 2014 due to her impressive accomplishments in golf.

Taffy played a consistent first round of golf carding three bogeys and a birdie for a 38-36--74. Following close being Brower’s 2-over-par, was Laura Carson and Anita Venner tied for second at 3-over-par. A pair of 77’s from Sarah Phillips-Durst and Kathy Glennon moved them to tied for fourth place heading into the final round.

A change in the leaderboard occurred after round two when Sarah Phillips-Durst overcame a three-stroke deficit to steal first place. Phillips-Durst, of Tallahassee, carded the tournament low, 1-over-par 73, to win her first FSGA Championship by one stroke.

Three birdies in her final round propelled Phillips-Durst to a 150 total and victory.

Vero Beach resident, Laura Carson, carded back to back birdies on holes four and five to finish in second place alone with a 151 total. Past Players’ of the Year, Gigi Higgins and Taffy Brower, finished tied for third with a 153 total.

Brower struggled to a round two 79 while Higgins reversed Brower’s rounds carding a 79-74. 2015 Champion, Lisa Schlesinger, and 2016 Champion, Mary Jane Hiestand, tied with Kathy Glennon for sixth place (156 total).


Reggie Parker, who was crowned Amateur Champion seven years ago, held a strong seven stroke lead after round one in the Super-Senior Division. Parker, of Hobe Sound, fired a consistent 38-38 for a 4-over-par 76. 2015 Super-Senior Champion, Nancy Chaffee, stood solo in second place with a round one 83. Parker’s lead could not be broken in round two.

Despite Chaffee and Parker posting the same score of 81 in the final round, Reggie never let her seven stroke lead falter. Parker was crowned wire-to-wire champion with a 157 total followed by Nancy Chaffee, of Avon Park, in second place at 164. Vilma Sapp, of Weston, shot identical rounds of 84 to round out the top three.

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ABOUT THE Florida Women's Senior Amateur

Championship Format
- 54 holes of individual stroke play - Senior Championship Division
- 36 holes of individual stroke play - Super-Senior Championship and Field Divisions
- Maximum Field Size - 84 players
- Four Divisions - Senior Championship, Senior Field, Super- Senior Championship, Super-Senior Field
- The overall Champions will be the individuals from the Senior and Super-Senior Championship Divisions with the lowest 54 and 36-hole total score

- Female amateur golfer
- At least 50 years of age as of the first day of the Championship
- At least 65 years of age as of the first day of the Championship to select to play in the Super-Senior Division at time of entry
- A valid Florida GHIN Handicap Index not exceeding 34.0 at time of entry
- Entrant is required to be a member of the FSGA

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