Burneski Defends Her Title At WSGA Women's Amateur; Murdoch Wins Senior Women's Amateur
Sequim, Wash. (June 24, 2010) – Defending champion, Pamela Burneski of Surrey, B.C. and a member of Homestead Farms Golf Resort successfully defended her championship title but it did not come easily. Burneski bogeyed holes 17 and 18 for a final round of 3-over par 75 and a 54-hole total of 4-over par 220 which forced a playoff with Strauss.
Strauss entered the final round in third place but quickly moved up the leader board with two quick birdies on 2 and 4 but then began exchanging birdies with bogeys and a final bogey on hole 18 put her in a playoff as well.
The playoff between Burneski and Strauss took place on the tough 365 yard 18th hole. Both players found the green in two shots and two-putted for par so both competitors went back to the 18th hole for a second time. On the second time through Burneski hit her approach to about 20 feet and Strauss rolled just off the front of the green with a tricky 50 foot chip. Strauss’ chip rolled to 4 feet hole high and Burneski just ran her birdie putt across the left lip of the hole, leaving a tap in par which Strauss was unable to match as her putt slid by the hole wide left.
36-hole leader, Lauren Sewell of Renton, Wash. struggled in the final round with an 8-over par 80 leaving her alone in 3rd place at 7-over par 223.
In the Senior Amateur Championship, Alison Murdoch of Victoria, B.C. and a member of Homestead Farms Golf Resort finished off a wire-to-wire win after a final round of 1-over par 73 giving her a 54-hole total of even par 216 and a three stroke victory. Murdoch was very steady all day making just two bogeys at holes 5 and 18 with a lone birdie on hole 7 and the rest pars.
Ginny Burkey of Fircrest, Wash. began the round two strokes back but got hot early on the front nine, making birdies at holes 2, 7, and 8 to pull even with Murdoch, but a heartbreaking triple bogey 7 on the par-4 ninth hole put her back to a two stroke deficit. A birdie on hole 13 once again moved her to within one but a double bogey on the following hole all but dashed her hopes of catching the steady Murdoch. Burkey finished runner-up after ending with a round of 2-over par 74 for a 54-hole total of 3-over par 219.
Defending champion, Yasue Alkins of Lacey, Wash. finished in third place after a final round of 8-over par 80 giving her a total of 14-over 230.
The shot of the day came from Sun Douthit of Steilacoom, Wash. who aced the 146 yard 17th hole.