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Australian Su Wooster seeking another national title in Florida

Wooster in action during today's semi-final. (Photo: USGA)
Australian golfer Sue Wooster faces off in tomorrow’s final of the United States Senior Amateur Championship at Orchid Island Golf and Beach Club in Vero Beach in California (weather permitting).

Wooster will have a chance to win her first USGA championship and further grow her collection of national championships, when she tees it up in the 18 hole final.

The 56 year old from Victoria has won national golf titles in her home country, as well as Canada and New Zealand, and has an opportunity to add the United States to the list when she faces Lara Tennant, 51, of Portland, Ore.

Wooster defeated Susan Cohn, 55, of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., 3 and 2 in the semifinals on Wednesday afternoon, a match in which she never trailed.

It was all square heading to the par-5 ninth hole, where Cohn, the 2013 Senior Women’s Amateur runner-up, found trouble and had to lay up short of the green with her third shot. After Cohn’s par try ended up just short of the hole, Wooster converted hers from 3 feet to give her a lead she would never relinquish.

Like Wooster, Tennant also defeated a Senior Women’s Amateur runner-up in the semifinals, edging Terrill Samuel, 57, of Canada, 1 up. The match went to the 18th hole all square after Samuel, who lost in the championship match in 2017, birdied No. 17 with a 7-foot putt.

Wooster defeated Patricia Ehrhart, 53, of Honolulu, Hawaii, 1 up in the quarterfinals on Wednesday morning. Tennant topped 2004 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur champion Corey Weworski, 56, of Carlsbad, Calif., 3 and 2. Before falling to Wooster in the semifinals, Cohn defeated Kathy Kurata, 58, of Pasadena, Calif., 2 up.

“I made some mistakes this afternoon,” said Wooster. “You make some mistakes because you're tired that you wouldn't ordinarily make. You're just trying to hang in there and keep your focus as best you can after two [36-hole days] in heat and humidity. This morning I think I hit 16 greens. I was just a bit fresher. You get a bit scrappy when you're getting tired.”

As U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur finalists, Sue Wooster and Lara Tennant both receive exemptions into the 2019 U.S. Senior Women’s Open at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club, in Southern Pines, N.C., May 16-19. The champion will also receive an exemption into the 2020 Senior Women’s Open.

Prior to this week, both Wooster and Tennant had played in eight USGA amateur championships, and neither had advanced beyond the Round of 32. Wooster had done so four times, most recently in last year’s Senior Women’s Amateur, while Tennant made it to the Round of 32 in the 2002 Women’s Mid-Amateur.

Wooster is trying to become the sixth international Senior Women’s Amateur champion, and the first one from Australia. Prior to Judith Kyrinis in 2017, the last international champion was Mina Hardin, of Mexico, in 2010.

 

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