Stasi, Kim use big back 9 to secure Women's Int'l 4-Ball win
Meghan Stasi (FSGA photo)
Meghan Stasi (FSGA photo)

The final holes of the Women’s International Four-Ball turned out to be a battle among the giants of women’s mid-amateur golf. Three teams started the day tied for the lead, with three USGA champions among them, but Ina Kim and Meghan Stasi ended the day with the trophy.

Ultimately, it was Kim who got hot on the back nine of the Wanderer’s Club in Wellington, Fla., logging five birdies in a seven-hole stretch from Nos. 11-17. Add Stasi’s birdie at No. 10, and the Florida duo set a pace that no one else could keep up with.

Back-to-back rounds of 69 left them at 6 under, and with a two-shot cushion for the win.

Stasi, a four-time U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur champion, has won this title before but with different partners. She and Tara Connelly (who finished T-6 this week with Dawn Woodard) won in 2013 and ’14, and Stasi and Woodard won the title in 2009. In 2010, Stasi won with partner Donna Mummert.

This is Kim’s first title after re-immersing herself in the world of high-level women’s amateur golf only a few years ago. Kim, who has played the past two U.S. Women’s Amateurs, was runner-up at the 2000 U.S. Women’s Amateur at Pumpkin Ridge. She played collegiately for Northwestern, then shelved her clubs to chase a career in the business world.

Katie Miller, who won this event the past two years with a different partner, and Lauren Greenlief, the 2015 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur champion, had a clean 1-under 35 on the front nine, but struggled to make birdies on the back. Greenlief logged one at the 16th and the team settled for a closing 71 that left them two shots back.

Megan Buck and Shannon Johnson, the reigning U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur champion, were third.

Two teams of notable senior players were just off the pace. Ellen Port, a seven-time USGA champion, paired with reigning U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur champion Lara Tennant to finish fifth. Judith Kyrinis, the 2017 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur champion, and Mary Jane Hiestand, runner-up at the 2017 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur, were T-6 another shot behind them.

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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

- 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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