WIMBERLY CLAIMS women’s senior amateur title
(Old Hickory) With a four-stroke lead going into the final round, Lynda Wimberly of Brentwood held off a late charge by Charleston’s Maggie Scott to claim the 2014 Tennessee Women’s Senior Amateur title. Scott came back from an 8-stroke deficit and birdied her final hole to post a one-under par 71, the only sub-par round of the event, to tie Wimberly and force a playoff.
No stranger to claiming the Women’s Senior Amateur Championship, Scott has her name engraved nine times on the Connie Day Cup for her titles in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2013. Along with her 1994 Women’s Amateur title, Scott has ten Tennessee amateur titles—the most of any Tennessee woman champion. Wimberly birdied the par 4 tenth hole, the first hole of the playoff, to disrupt Scott’s dominance of the event to earn her first Tennessee Women’s Senior Amateur title.
“Still working, it’s sometimes hard to turn on the competitive mode so it was interesting to see how I’d respond to pressure. I thought going into today’s final round that if I shot a couple over par, I’d have it sewn up, but I didn’t putt well at all,” said Wimberly. “It was difficult adjusting my game to the golf course—especially because of how hard these mini-verde greens are. I’m used to throwing the ball at the flag and making it stop.”
On the first playoff hole, Wimberly planned to drive the short 250-yard dogleg right par 4. With a 35-yard shot left to the green, Wimberly says she was fortunate to have hit the flag on her approach leaving her a one-foot putt to seal the victory. “Even I couldn’t miss that,” she adds.
Posting 74-77-79 for an overall 230 total, Wimberly attributes her win to solid ball-striking. To prepare for her recent appearance in the 2014 US Women’s Senior Amateur Championship at Hollywood Golf Club in New Jersey, Wimberly played countless rounds to fine-tune her game. “In anticipation of the USGA event, I prepared to play good golf, and that in turn, helped me prepare for this event,” said Wimberly. Although she did not advance to match play following the 36-hole qualifier in Deal, NJ, Wimberly’s experience surely helped her.
Wimberly’s first Tennessee crown is even more special to her because of her tie to the Eller family. Harold Eller, a long-time head golf professional at Old Hickory Country Club, and his wife Ruth organized the Tennessee Junior Golf Association in 1964 and began the Tennessee State Junior for boys and girls at their club. “My introduction to competitive golf was at the Tennessee Girls’ Junior Championship years ago. There were not a lot of things to play in back then, and it was my first experience,” said Wimberly. “As a junior, Mrs. Eller took me two times to the US Girls’ Junior—first to California and then to West Virginia. My win today made me think of the Eller family because I just really appreciate everything they did for me.”
“Since I turned fifty, I’ve thought that maybe I should be winning one of these. The expectation was definitely there, and it’s a relief to finally fulfill it,” commented Wimberly. “I’m looking forward to continuing to play. Breaking the ice with this win will hopefully lead to others in the future.” Wimberly was recently named to the Tennessee Team for the annual Southeastern Women’s Amateur Team Championship to be held October 20-22 at Foxland Harbor Golf and Country Club in Gallatin, TN.
Six flights were formed after the first two day’s qualifying rounds, and the field was divided equally with all like scores in the same flight. The winners in each flight are listed below:
Champion—Lynda Wimberly, Brentwood (230)*
Runner-Up—Maggie Scott, Charleston (230)
Third Place—Jean Kraft, Crossville(236)
Fourth Place—Carol Sumner, Old Hickory (239
Super-Senior Award—Maggie Scott, Charleston (230)
* won in playoff
Champion—Gena Ridings, Franklin (248)
Runner-Up—Mary Ruth Geny, Nashville (250)
Third Place—Erica Chappell, Nashville (253)
Fourth Place—Janice Sauter, Brentwood (254)
Super-Senior Award—Marianne Fischer, Bristol (265)
Champion—Barbara Shemwell, Manchester (257)
Runner-Up—Frances Hopp, Crossville (264)
Third Place—Linda Oddo, Franklin (264)
Fourth Place—Cathy Wedekind, Old Hickory (266)
Super-Senior Award—Barbara Shemwell, Manchester (257)
Champion—Joanne Walker, Gallatin (271)
Runner-Up—Mary Kelly, Mt. Juliet (273)
Third Place—Gwen Russell, Greeneville (276)
Fourth Place—Brenda McJunkin, Loudon (276)
Super-Senior Award—Jo Ann Pence, Old Hickory (277)
Champion—Paula Morton, Greenbrier (288)
Runner-Up—Kathy Barber, Gallatin (290)
Third Place—Deb Willson, Athens (291)
Fourth Place—Susan Schleicher, Knoxville (293)
Super-Senior Award—Sandy Hayes, Franklin (295)
Champion—Kim Crowder, Nashville (293)
Runner-Up—Linda McMillan, Gallatin (297)
Third Place—Mary Spicer McCaw, Gallatin (306)
Fourth Place—Linda Romero-Mezza, Loudon (318)
Super-Senior Award— Linda Romero-Mezza, Loudon (318)
Congratulations to all players and special thanks to Old Hickory Country Club for hosting the 2014 Tennessee Women’s Senior Amateur Championship. For complete championship information,
visit www.tnwomenssenior.com. The Tennessee Women’s Senior Amateur Championship is conducted by the Tennessee Golf Association, and it is one of seventeen state championships that
the Tennessee Golf Association conducts annually. For more information on the TGA, visit us online at www.tngolf.org.