Schuster gets second straight winter win at Arizona Silver Belle
Katherine Schuster (Arizona Silver Belle photo)
Katherine Schuster (Arizona Silver Belle photo)

By Julie Williams

Katherine Schuster is quickly becoming queen of the winter circuit. Considering that Schuster’s goal for the off-season was to improve her self-trust on the golf course, the cross-country travel has been time well spent.

Schuster, a 16-year-old from Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, won the Joanne Winter Arizona Silver Belle Championship on Dec. 30 with a final-round 65 at Longbow Golf Club in Mesa, Arizona. She was 7 under for 54 holes, and topped a field mixed with juniors and college players.

The Silver Belle title came 10 days after Schuster won the Dixie Women’s Amateur on the other side of the country in Tamarac, Florida.

Related: Schuster rebounds, wins Dixie Women's Amateur in back nine charge

Two titles in the span of two weeks should go a long way in building self-belief.

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Results: Arizona Silver Belle Championship
1NCKatherine SchusterKill Devil Hills, NC50068-73-65=206
2FLSophie (Yixian) GuoOrlando, FL40068-72-68=208
3TXMakenzie NiblettAustin, TX30070-70-72=212
4CAZoe CamposValencia, CA30074-68-71=213
5CAQuynn DuongSan Jose, CA30072-72-70=214

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ABOUT THE Arizona Silver Belle Championship

Prominent amateur golf tournament for junior girls and women 13 - 23 years of age who compete over 54 holes of stroke play. The field is flighted by age, but the overall champion may come from any age group.

Joanne Winter, one of 14 original Master Professionals in the LPGA's Teaching and Club Professional Division, founded the Arizona Silver Belle 1971. Winter was a noted athlete before beginning her love affair with golf. She pitched with the Racine Belles in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League from 1943-50 and later served as a consultant for the film, "A League Of Their Own," which chronicled the women's league. After retiring from the diamond, she turned to golf and won the Arizona State Women's Championship in 1962.

Entrants must provide a USGA Handicap Index of 15.0 or lower and supply a resume of tournament scores and other information as required by the golf registration system. The selection process is based upon this information and national ranking.

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