OAK RIDGE — Oak Ridge Country Club welcomed 72 contestants from across the state for the start of the 34th annual Tennessee Women’s Senior Amateur Championship, Monday. With steady rain throughout the majority of the opening round, players had to contend with tough conditions in addition to a challenging course.
Crossville’s Jean Roise led the field with her opening round of 1-over par, 73. With birdies on the third, fifth, and ninth holes, Roise turned at 1-under par and had only a handful of bogeys throughout her round. Even with a 3 hour, 30-minute weather delay in the middle of her round, Roise was able to stay composed to finish strong.
Roise holds a five-stroke lead over Niota’s Margot Oliver and a six-stroke lead over the 2011 defending champion Georgia McCravey, from Chattanooga, the 2010 champion and eight-time Senior Amateur Champion Maggie Scott, from Charleston, and Knoxville’s Sharon Kelly.
Linda Mullins of Cleveland is six strokes back at 80.
The Tennessee Women’s Senior Amateur Championship is open to female amateur golfers who were at least 50 years of age on or before Sept. 17 and have a handicap index of 26.4 or less. The championship will be contested at 54 holes of stroke play, with the opening 36 holes acting as qualifying rounds. After all the scores from the second round are posted, the field will be divided equally into flights with all like scores in the same flight.
Play resumed this morning at 9 a.m. For a complete list of pairings and results, visit www.tnwomenssenior.com.