Meghan Stasi wins the 80th Jones/Doherty
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla (Jan. 21, 2012) -- Oakland Park's Meghan Stasi became the oldest golfer in the past eight years to win the coveted 80th annual Ione D. Jones/Doherty Women's Amateur Championship at the Coral Ridge Country Club as she rallied for a 1-up victory over Boca Raton's Jaye Marie Green on Saturday.
The 33-year-old Stasi completed a solid week that saw her take out the world's number six golfer and defending champion, Charley Hull, 2010 Curtis Cup member Holly Clyburn and Green, 17, who is the top-ranked U.S. golfer according to Golfweek/amateurgolf.com.
"I was in a little slump there with my putting for a couple of holes so I am glad I got it back," said Stasi, who became the oldest winner of the event since Perry Swenson won the 2004 title at 21. Since then it has been a run of teenagers, including Coral Springs' Lexi Thompson in 2009 and 2010. "It is honor to win, especially be so close the last few years."
Stasi, the 2008 Doherty runner-up, went 2-up through six before Green battled back to go 1-up as she won the last three holes on the front nine with a birdie and two pars as Stasi three-putted eight and nine, missing back-to-back five foot putts.
ABOUT THE Jones/Doherty Women's Amateur
The third event on the "Orange Blossom" circuit of
ladies events in Florida, with an illustrious list of past
including Patty Berg, JoAnne Carner, Babe Zaharias
Marlene Stewart Streit, Natalie Gulbis, Michelle
Goetze, Charley Hull and Lexi Thompson.
consists of two divisions (Women's and Senior
Women's) playing an 18-hole qualifying for
match play flights in each division as follows:
Championship Flight of 16, First Flight of 16, Second
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