SEWANEE – Sue Miller has only been in Tennessee for a couple of years, but she is already leaving her mark on the state amateur golf scene.
Miller – the 2014 Illinois Senior Women’s Amateur champion who retired to Tellico Village – turned in two stellar round of golf this week to claim the 40th Tennessee Senior Women’s crown at The Course at Sewanee for her first TGA victory.
“It means a lot to win because there are so many good competitors,” Miller said. “I had to play two really good rounds in order to win. I played with Jean (Kraft) and Lynda (Wimberly), two really good competitors, so it felt good to win.”
Miller fired a round of two-over par 74 on Monday – the low round of the tournament – and followed that up with a 79 on Tuesday to finish at 7-over, 153. She edged defending tournament champion Lynda Wimberly and Jean Kraft by two strokes.
Miller had a roller coaster of a tournament.
Her opening round featured three birdies, an eagle and six bogeys. Her second-day card had two double bogeys, a triple and a birdie.
“I had a couple of funny numbers today,” Miller laughed. “I kept my temperament intact. I tried to stay calm. I’ve been working on a few things in my game, and those things actually worked.”
Three-time U.S. Mid-Amateur champion Sarah Ingram finished fourth (80-80–160), followed by Karen Williams (76-85–161).
Darlene Werhnyak (85-83–168) edged Karin Rader-Carson (86-83–169) and Georgia McCravey (87-82–169) by one stroke. Shawn Anderson (87-83–170) and Julie Carlton (85-86–171) rounded out the top five.
Diane Edmondson followed up her opening round of 90 with an 82 to win by four strokes over Debra Fanning (90-86–176) and Denis Pridemore (88-88–176).
Carol Massey (88-89–177) came in fourth, while Barbara Richards (90-88–178) and Gena Ridings (90-88–178) tied for fifth.
Ann McKinney ran away with the third flight as she went 92-79–171 to win by seven strokes over Kathy Vaughn (91-87–178). Patty Waszak (94-86–180), Hazel Davis (91-90–181) and Gail Fowler (91-93–184) rounded out the top five.
Rhonda Manous cruised to a 10-stroke victory in the fourth flight as she followed up a 95 with a solid final round 82.
Judy Arnold finished runner-up at 96-91–187. Lynn McGee (100-88–188) and Mary Kelly (98-90–188) tied for third. Donna Robers (96-93–189) and Carol Hornstra (97-92–189) tied for fifth.
Vickie Smith (101-92–193) edged Deanna Woods (101-94–195) by two strokes. Virginia Reedy (101-96-197), Gail Smith (104-95–199) and Dottie Dube (104-99–203) rounded out the top five.
Sydney Cooper won the sixth flight with a 110-105–215 total, four strokes better than Teresa Treadway (115-104–219).
Elizabeth Rojas (111-110–221), Jan Watson (121-101–222) and Carol Medley (111-112–223) rounded out the top five.