Cleveland Country Club’s Maggie Scott has dominated play in the annual City Women’s Golf Championship for more than 30 years. She’ll be shooting for another title this week.
“I haven’t played as much this year (as I have in the past), because I’ve been babysitting (with 1-year-old granddaughter Evie),” she said in a brief discussion Monday morning.”
“Still, I think I’ll be ready (to defend her 2010 championship),” Scott added. “If I didn’t think I’d be able to win it, I probably wouldn’t play.”
Scott began playing in the city tournament after college, and has since won more than 30 titles. She also won the Tennessee Women’s Amateur championship in 1992 and has multiple Tennessee Women’s Senior championships in recent years.
Scott will once again be favored to win the city title, but acknowledged there are several others who could give her a run for her money this year.
Close friend and regular playing partner Linda Mullins has dethroned Scott in the past, and will be a top contender again this year.
Scott added that there are several young players who could fit into the championship mix. “Chelsea Rakestraw (a Lee University golfer who will represent Chatata Valley) has been playing well, as well as Amy Gobble,” the defending champion said of two young contenders in this year’s city tournament.
This year’s Women’s City Championship will begin with an 8 a.m. start at Chatata Valley Golf Course Wednesday. The 36-hole championship race will conclude Thursday with another 8 a.m. start at Cleveland Country Club.
Championship trophies and special awards will be presented at the conclusion of play Thursday.
Tee times Wednesday will begin with lower-handicapped players going off first. The first round of play will determine flights for the second round, and a tournament medalist.
The tournament will include a city junior tournament for young ladies 14 to 18. Polk County High School performer Lydia Triplett will return to defend the title she won last year, and several other juniors are entered.
Tee times will be reversed Thursday, with the medalist and Wednesday’s lower scores going off last to put championship hopefuls in the final pairings of the day.
The annual tournament is open to Cleveland and Bradley County golfers, and participants do not have to be a member of the participating golf courses to enter.
Mullins is serving as tournament director this year, with Delores Haney coordinating entries from Chatata Valley.
Entries from Chatata Valley will include Haney, Triplett, junior Sloane Rakestraw, Chelsea Rakestraw, Rita Hannah, Kay McDaniel, Melanie Strassburg, Nickey Wooten, Honey Climer, Beth Harper and Jaton Wood.
Joining Scott and Mullins from the country club will be Donna Anderson, Wanda Mayfield, Judy Ozawa and Sarah Stutz.
The tournament field is expected to be between 25 and 30 players.
Tee times at Chatata Valley for July 13
7:56 a.m. — Maggie Scott, Linda Mullins, Amy
Blackwood, Chelsea Rakestraw
8:04 a.m. — Rita Hannah, Kay McDaniel,
Debbie Patterson, Robin Russell
8:12 a.m. — Delores Haynie, Cheri Wood, Jaton
8:20 a.m. — Lynn O’Hair, Donna Anderson,
8:28 a.m. — Beth Harper, Wanda Mayfield,
8:36 a.m. — Sarah Stutz, Mary Kay Ratterman,
Mary Lou Miller
8:44 a.m. — Honey Climer, Bev Bales, Jola
8:52 a.m. — Sue Ogle, Nancy McCartney, Janie
9:00 a m. — Lydia Triplett, Sloan Rakestraw,