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Port Conquers CordeValle, Wins Second Straight USGA Senior Women’s Amateur


Ellen Port entered match play of the USGA Senior Women’s Amateur Championship as the No. 17 seed, but history pegged her as the favorite.


Port won the Senior


Women’s Am for the second straight year by defeating Susan Cohn 3 and 2 in the final match to capture her sixth USGA title. Only three women have won more USGA championships. JoAnne Gunderson Carner holds the record with eight. Port broke out of a tie at five titles with Juli Inkster and Mickey Wright, among others.


“I don’t put myself up at their level because they’re the greatest in the game at their level,” Port said. “But, I’m very blessed in what I’ve been able to accomplish in a short time, and I’m thrilled.”


Port, 52, is a high school teacher and golf coach from St. Louis. She also owns four U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur titles, and will captain the USA Team in the 2014 Curtis Cup Match. Five players from Northern California qualified for match play, with Rocklin’s Lynne Cowan earning the No. 4 seed after shooting 150.


Lauren Kim 14 / NCGA.ORG / FALL 2013


The Olympic Club Selected as Host of Inaugural U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship


onship. The inaugural U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship will be played at Olympic Club from April 30 to May 6 in 2015. It was also announced that the 2016 championship will be played at Winged Foot in New York. The Women’s Four-Ball Champion-


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ship will be played at Bandon Dunes Resort in Oregon in 2015, and Stream- song Resort in Florida in 2016. The men’s competition at Olympic Club will feature 128 teams playing 36


ust three years after staging the U.S. Open, The Olympic Club will be hosting another USGA champi-


holes of medal play, with the low 32 advancing to match play. Both the Ocean and Lake courses will be used for stroke play, with the match play bracket playing out on the Lake course. “There’s risk-reward situations, which


makes four-ball really fun,” former U.S. Open champion Johnny Miller said. “I think it’s going to be as popular as almost any Amateur Championship, I really do.” In 2012, more than 150 four-ball


championships were conducted in all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia. Olympic Club has hosted five U.S. Opens and three U.S. Amateurs.


Kim Rallies to Top Lim at California Women’s Amateur H


arvard junior Tiffany Lim had Stanford sophomore Lauren Kim scrambling in the 36-hole final of the California Women’s Amateur Championship. Kim was 4-down with just six holes remaining at Quail Lodge in Carmel. But a relentless Kim never gave in, winning four of the next five holes to even the match. Kim then clinched the CWAC title with an up-and- down on the 37th hole. It was an appropriate finish for Kim, who was bestowed the Stanford Scrambler award for getting up-and-down 65% of the time last season, the fourth best mark in the NCAA. Kim has now won the CWAC Junior Girls (in 2009) and


this tournament, as well as the 2012 NCGA Junior Cham- pionship at Spyglass. “This win is up there,” said Kim, a Los Altos native who played her final 10 holes in 2 under. “This is a good win, and


a long, long week. It just feels good to be done, and to feel like all my effort is going in the right direction.”


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