The deepest discipline in golf this week is perhaps the one at Anthem (Arizona) Golf Club. On one facet of the scoreboard, a four-time U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur champion has the lead. On the opposite, a Curtis Cup captain with three Women’s Mid-Amateur titles of her personal is setting the tempo.
The inaugural Ladies National Golf Association Mid-Am and Senior Championship is like a who’s who in girls’s novice golf. The resumes are staggering, however the opening day was lots difficult.
“It a great golf course which tests you,” mentioned Meghan Stasi, co-leader within the mid-am division. “But the wind died down a little today from the practice rounds and I could attack a few more pins.”
Stasi, who is an eight-time Player of the Year honoree in Florida, had 5 birdies offset by three bogeys and a double in and opening spherical of even-par 72. Gretchen Johnson, the 2017 and 2018 Oregon Golf Association Tournament of Champions winner, matched her with a 72 that included one bogey and one birdie.
“I kept it where the lawnmower goes most of the day,” mentioned Johnson, a semifinalist at the 2018 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur. “It’s kind of tight, like target golf and I hit a lot of greens and I got it up and down every time.”
Behind that pair, 2015 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur champion Lauren Greenlief and Dawn Woodard, who will associate with Stasi in subsequent week’s U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball, are tied for third at 74.
Kelsey Chugg, a Salt Lake City, Utah, resident who received the Women’s Mid-Am in 2017, had a 75.
In the senior division, Sarah Ingram, nonetheless a few months faraway from her Curtis Cup captain duties this fall, was 3-over via 4 holes however overcame early struggles to complete with 75. That’s one stroke higher than Corey Weworski, the 2004 U.S. Women’s Mid-Am winner from Carlsbad, California. Past U.S. Women’s Senior Amateur champion Mina Hardin, of Fort Worth, Texas, and Evelyn Orley, of Cardiff, California, path Ingram by two.
“I had to work hard today,” mentioned Ingram, who made three U.S. Curtis appearances as a participant. “It was not an easy 75. I hit some good shots. My game was better than it’s been since coming back two years.”
Both championships are 54-hole stroke-play occasions of their inaugural yr and are carried out by the Ladies National Golf Association.