Kim Titus and Kelly Gardner Win WSGA Best Ball
02 May 2017
by Washington Golf

see also: Rainier Golf and Country Club

Kim Titus and Kelly Gardner<br>(WSGA photo)
Kim Titus and Kelly Gardner
(WSGA photo)

LEAVENWORTH, WA (May 2, 2017)--The duo of Kim Titus of Fox Island, WA and Kelly Gardner of Gig Harbor, WA combined on a 1-under par 70 in today's final round, and then made a par on the first playoff hole, to complete their comeback in winning the 18th Washington State Women's Best-Ball Championship.

Titus and Gardner began the final round three shots behind first-round leaders Karen Madison of East Wenatchee and Patty Myers of Olympia, and also had three other teams between them and the leaders. Titus and Gardner then shot the only under-par round of the championship, overtaking three teams and finishing the day tied with Madison and Myers, who had shot rounds of 71-73. Titus and Gardner then won the championship on the first playoff hole.

Titus and Gardner have played together in several team events, having won this championship in 2014, and having also qualified for the 2015 U.S. Women's Four-Ball Championship. In last year's championship, the duo had signed an incorrect scorecard after the second round and were disqualified, so this year's title is especially sweet for them.

"It was a real roller coaster for us," said Gardner. "We'd be going along really well, and then we'd hit a disaster. Yesterday we took a triple-bogey on our second hole, and the last hole today we took a double. We really didn't have an idea where we stood (during today's round). When we started today, we were thinking we would maybe need to shoot 68 or so. When we shot that double-bogey on the last hole we thought we lost it for sure."

Madison and Myers won the championship's net competition, with a two-round total of 11-under. Madison was named the 2015 WSGA Senior Women's Player of the Year, and won the 2016 WSGA Super Senior Women's Amateur.

The format for the WSGA Women's Best-Ball was 36-hole Four-Ball stroke play (gross and net).

Founded in 1922, the WSGA is a 501c4 non-profit, amateur golf association governed by men and women volunteers. Serving over 68,000 individual members at more than 550 member golf clubs and 270 golf courses throughout the state of Washington and Northern Idaho, the WSGA works to continually expand the game of golf to people of all backgrounds.

The WSGA also serves as a statewide representative of the United States Golf Association (USGA) and works closely with a number of allied associations within the golf industry for the betterment of the game.

ABOUT THE Washington Women's Best-Ball

36-hole Four-Ball Stroke Play (Gross and Net). The field will be divided into flights based on team handicap. No age limit.

Entrants must have an active GHIN number and USGA Handicap Index issued by a WSGA member club not exceeding 35.7, at the close of entry (Partners' course handicaps must be within 8 strokes of one another, or an adjustment will be made to the player with the higher course handicap to meet this requirement).

Entrants must be members in good standing of a WSGA member club.

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