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The victors move on at the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur
Lara Tennant (Steven Gibbons/USGA)
Lara Tennant (Steven Gibbons/USGA)

Medalist Lynne Cowan won seven of the first nine holes in her Round-of-64 match against Leigh Klasse to headline 32 winners on Monday in the 60th U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship at Anchorage Golf Course in Alaska.

Cowan is joined by eight USGA champions – a quarter of the remaining players in the draw – in the Round of 32, including three-time defending champion Lara Tennant, 2017 winner Judith Kyrinis and seven-time USGA champion Ellen Port.

Cowan and Klasse played together for the third consecutive day after being grouped during stroke play. Cowan, 59, of Rocklin, Calif., jumped to an early lead with birdies on three of the first six holes. She pushed her advantage to 5 up through seven and cruised to a 3-and-2 victory.

“It was a good match today, she wasn’t giving up,” said Cowan. “It’s still a bit surreal [being medalist]. I’m hoping it is a sign of things to come, that maybe I can move up a notch in terms of that group of elite players.”

Tennant, 55, has been elite in this championship since she became age-eligible in 2017. Her 4-and-2 win over Mary Budke, the 1972 U.S. Women’s Amateur champion, was her 19th consecutive match-play victory in the Senior Women’s Amateur, the longest streak since Carol Semple Thompson won 28 in a row between 1999 and 2003.

In 2017, Tennant was the stroke-play medalist at her home club, Waverley C.C., in Portland, Ore., but dropped her Round-of-64 match. She hasn’t lost since.

“Playing in this championship is the highlight of my season every year,” said Tennant, whose 82-year-old father George is caddieing for her this week. “Match play is so much fun and to be here at Anchorage Golf Course and to get the warm hospitality that we’ve received is amazing.”


Ellen Port (Steven Gibbons/USGA)
Kyrinis and Port both won by matching 5-and-3 margins. Kyrinis, 58, of Canada, was buoyed by winning four straight holes (Nos. 5-8) to break open her match against Ran Keane. Port, 60, of St. Louis, was tied through seven holes versus Marianne Towersey, but reeled off five of her next eight holes to advance.

Other winners on Monday included Martha Leach and Sarah Ingram, who will meet in the Round of 32 on Tuesday morning. The two have combined for 104 USGA championship starts and four U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur titles between them.

Two other Women’s Mid-Amateur winners will also meet on Tuesday: Corey Weworski (2004), the No. 6 seed who rallied from a 2-down deficit at the turn to beat Rosie Cook, 2 and 1, and Kathy Hartwiger (2002), who never trailed in a 3-and-2 triumph over Kerry Postillion.

What’s Next
The Round of 32 will begin on Tuesday at 7 a.m. AKDT, followed by the Round of 16 at 1 p.m. Wednesday's quarterfinal matches are scheduled for 8 a.m., with the semifinals to follow at 1 p.m. The 18-hole final on Thursday will begin at 8:30 a.m.

Worth Noting
Ellen Port improved to a perfect 10-0 in Round-of-64 matches in the Senior Women’s Amateur, while Lynne Cowan and Judith Kyrinis are both now 8-0.

Tracy Welch made a hole-in-one on the 125-yard 13th in her match against Gigi Higgins. Wright used an 8-iron. It is her fourth career ace and the 12th in Senior Women’s Amateur history.

All six Canadians in the field advanced to match play. Three are still alive after the Round of 64 – 2017 champion Kyrinis, 2017 runner-up Terrill Samuel and No. 2 seed Shelly Stouffer.

In a battle of two USGA champions, Terri Frohnmayer (2011 Senior Women’s Amateur) defeated Mary Ann Hayward (2005 Women’s Mid-Amateur) in 22 holes. That ties for the sixth-longest match in championship history.

Ulrika Migliaccio lost her opening-round match, 2 down, to Sherry Wright, but she isn’t done at Anchorage Golf Course. Migliaccio will caddie for Brenda Kuehn in her Round of 32 match against Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll on Tuesday morning.

Therese Quinn (illness) conceded her Round of 64 match to Lee Burton.

by Mike Trostel, USGA

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The USGA Senior Women's Amateur is open to female golfers with a USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 14.4, who will have reached their 50th birthday on or before the first day of the championship. It is one of 14 national championships conducted annually by the USGA, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.

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