Laura Coble (GSGA photo)
SKY VALLEY, Ga. (Aug. 21, 2018) – Laura Coble
owns another Georgia Women’s Senior Amateur title after holding off Brenda Pictor
at Sky Valley Country Club. It’s become a familiar storyline at this event.
Coble and Pictor have been trading this championship back and forth for the better part of a decade. Pictor won five straight from 2009-2013 (she also won in 2007 and 2017) before Coble took over and won three straight from 2014-2016. They’re the dominant names in Peach State women’s senior golf.
“I didn’t know how I stood," Coble said of the end of the tournament. "I asked a couple people and nobody knew, so I was just playing, digging as hard as I could to get as many in before I got to the house so luckily it worked out."
Coble’s victory on Tuesday came on the strength of a final-round 2-under 70. It was her fourth time winning this event. Coble, of Augusta, Ga., made four birdies and sprinkled in two bogeys. It was a notable comeback from a first-round 77 that included too many bogeys.
“I had a little chat with myself and decided to have a different attitude and hopefully that would work,” Coble said of the change in mindset between the two rounds.
Pictor, meanwhile, had rounds of 72-80 to finish at 8 over and five shots behind Coble. Pictor’s final-round included a quadruple-bogey 8 on the second hole and a string of bogeys on the back nine.
Coble’s and Pictor’s success is not just confined to the state level. Coble was runner-up at the 2009 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur, and just missed qualifying for this year’s Mid-Amateur. Pictor did qualify, and will play for the first time since 2014.
Cheryl Grigg of Sea Island, Ga., was third at 9 over followed by Susan Rheney of Greensboro, Ga., and Shelly White of Atlanta in a tie for fourth at 12 over.
Bobbie Suttler of Marietta, Ga., finished at 18 over (82-80) to win the super senior division by two shots over Ginette Spinucci of Stone Mountain, Ga.
ABOUT THE Georgia Senior Women's Amateur
Open to female amateur golfers age 50 and above
of the first day of the competition for the
Championship or Senior Division or age 65 and
above for the Super Senior Division
132 player-maximum divided between elective
Championship, Senior or Super Senior Divisions; A
number of players to be determined with the lowest
USGA Handicap Indexes per division will be
Format: 36 holes of flighted stroke play
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