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Sicard, Colliflower earn NYSGA Women's Senior titles
Mary Sicard (NYSGA/Twitter photo)
Mary Sicard (NYSGA/Twitter photo)

Mary Sicard of Queensbury Country Club won her third title at the 67th New York State Women’s Senior Amateur Championship this week at Bristol Harbour Golf Club.

This is only her fourth attempt.

She led the field by three strokes after the opening round of play, and cruised to a four-stroke victory on the Robert Trent Jones Layout to once again hoist the Anne Coupe Cupp.

“I’m so excited and thrilled. A lot of people were rooting for me, and I appreciate that,” she said about the victory.

Her first win was at Whiteface in 2016, and then repeated in 2017 at Corning.

“They’re all very special. First one obviously because it’s the first at the state level. And then to repeat, when you don’t think you’re going to which was such an unexpected joy. This one, I’m speechless,” she said of the three wins.

Tied for runner-up honors, were 2019 NYS Women’s Senior Four-Ball Champion Carina Watkins of Beaver Meadows Golf Club and Penny Schiek of Hiland Golf Club at 156. They played together in the penultimate group off #1 during the final-round shotgun. “I didn’t know where I was in the standings. I didn’t feel like I started well, but I managed to not explode. I had four birdies on the round which I don’t tend to do in an event like this. Anytime I can have a 70s round anywhere I’m happy,” said Schiek.

Carolyn Mancini of Binghamton Country Club finished in solo fourth at 159. Last year’s champion, Tammy Blyth of Monroe Golf Club, 2019 NYS Women’s Four-Ball co-champion Pennie Carlo, and Patricia Mayne of Western Turnpike Golf Club all finished at 160 tied for 5th.

In the 13th NYS Women’s Super Senior Amateur, Kitty Colliflower of Oak Hill Country Club claimed her first New York State title after shooting 76 in the final round in tough, wet conditions.

“I finally did it.”

The player from Rochester won by four strokes over past champion Michelle Marquis of Pompey Club (2014 winner at Kanon Valley).

Marquis finished as the runner-up at 161. She had a lead on Colliflower after the 6th hole, and the two battled back and forth throughout most of the round.

The final swing of momentum came on the 15th hole when Colliflower sunk a 12-foot birdie putt while Marquis made bogey. Colliflower regained a stroke advantage, and then parred out the final three holes to secure the title.

“It was hard for me, because it’s something I’ve always needed to work on. For some reason or another, I was calm today and made the shots that I had to. Got up-and-down and made some critical putts down the stretch.”

Colliflower’s best finishes in the Women’s Senior was two runner-ups, her most recent in 2014 at Kanon Valley. She began competing in the Super Senior division last year, and placed in third in her first attempt.

“She’s always had a great game and is a terrific competitor. We’ve been competing for probably twenty years. I just play my game as best I can. I was very happy with the way I played yesterday and today,” said Marquis.

Maggie Kril of Durand Eastman Golf Club and Jo Ann Shupe of Beaver Meadows Golf Club finished tied for 3rd at 167.

Three-time NYS Women’s Senior champion, Sue Sims of Skaneateles Country Club finished in fifth at 168.

ABOUT THE New York Women's Senior Amateur

These championships (run concurrently) are two- day, 36-hole stroke play competitions with no cut. Entries will be limited to female amateur golfers who enjoy membership privileges at Clubs belonging to the New York State Golf Association, or are NYSGA Associate Members. Entrants must have reached their 50th birthday.

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