Cropper, Switzer-Nadasdi, Scott take home hardware at The Links at Kahite
VONORE, Tenn. — A beautiful week of golf culminated in a trio of close wins in the Women’s Mid-, Senior and Super Senior Amateurs at The Links of Kahite. Two golfers added to their ever-growing trophy shelves while one earned her first piece of Tennessee Golf Association hardware.
Nashville’s Rhonda Switzer-Nadasdi captured her first TGA title on Wednesday by a single stroke, doing just enough to keep Knoxville’s Robin Banner at bay on the final day. Switzer-Nadasdi’s 7-over 151 two-day total earned her the right to take home the Trophy in Honor of Connie Day, the 1993 Tennessee Women’s Senior Amateur Champion.
It was a dramatic finish down the stretch in the Senior Amateur because of the late push from Banner. After carding a 9-over 81 in Round One, Banner surged up the leaderboard, improving by ten strokes and finishing with the only under-par round in the Senior Amateur. But Switzer-Nadasdi’s large first-round lead proved to be too much to overcome for Banner and the rest of the field.
There were more dramatics in the other championships occurring simultaneously. At the Mid-Amateur level, defending champion Blakesly Brock took a three-shot lead into the final round. The competition, which included two other previous Mid-Amateur champions, proved stiff. Andrea Cropper saw an opportunity arise on the second day as she fired a 1-under 71 on the final day to take down Brock by a stroke, who shot a 3-over 75 on Wednesday.
It was Cropper’s second Mid-Amateur title, first winning the event in 2018 at The Course at Sewanee. She’s just the second multi-Mid-Am champion, the first being former Lipscomb women’s head coach Jesse Lawley.
The most storied name of the tournament probably belonged to Maggie Scott in the Super Senior Amateur. Scott has won the Senior Amateur nine times in her career and earned wins in the Women’s Amateur, Women’s Four-Ball and Women’s Senior State Open. The latest title next to her name is Super Senior Amateur champion, winning by a decisive six strokes after her final-round 75. The Cleveland native was the only competitor in the Super Senior field to break 80.
For complete results from all three championships, click here.