Maertz and Herman win the 74th Women's International Four-Ball
- FSGA photo
- FSGA photo

Noelle Maertz and Sherry Herman raised the first trophy of the 2021 championship season at the Women’s International Four-Ball Championship. Maertz and Herman survived a playoff to capture the victory on Thursday at The Wanderers Club.

This is the first FSGA victory for Maertz and the second for Herman, who won the Women’s Senior Amateur Match Play in December.

Maertz and Herman finished Wednesday’s first round near the top of the leaderboard, finishing the day with a 3-under 69. Maertz got the team off to a hot start in the first round, carding three birdies on the front side, while Herman added a birdie for the team on the back nine.

Heading into the final round, the duo sat one shot back of Sophie Simon and Bailey Davis, who posted a first-round 68.

Maertz and Herman got off to a hot start in the final round with four birdies on the front nine, including back-to-back birdies from Maertz to close out the front side. Their only hiccup of the day came with a bogey on the 11th, but they quickly rebounded with a birdie on the next hole.

They fired a 5-under 67 on Thursday, the low round of the championship, and finished the round in a tie for first place with Simon and David at 8-under 136.

The four players headed to the first playoff hole, the par-4 18th, where all four finished with a par. On the second playoff hole (10th), Herman and Maertz both missed the green, while Davis hit her second shot to 10 feet.

Herman stepped up to her third shot and chipped it in for birdie from 30 feet, leaving Davis with a must-make putt for birdie. David missed the 10-foot birdie putt, securing the victory for Maertz and Herman.

The two-time defending champions Ina Kim-Schaad and Meghan Stasi finished eighth at 2-over 146.

In the Middle Division, Kristen Henderson and Jenny Ceppi took home first place, carding a 3-over 147 for the week. Kimberly Byle and Christine Martin captured the Middle First victory with a 8-over 152.

Ginny Orthwein and Allison Engelsmann used a 7-under 137 to take home the net win in the Middle Division, while Sharon Hoffman and Karon Cohen earned the net win in the Middle First Division at even-par 144.

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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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