Maggie Scott, Linda Mullins and Lisa Daubner were joined by Pam Morrow from Athens for the 350-mile journey to the Ridgeway Country Club in Germantown for the 35th annual Women’s Senior Amateur.
“The four of us will ride together and see what kind of trouble we can get into,” joked Scott, who will be going after her ninth senior am title in 13 years. The state record holder for the most wins (8) in the event’s history, the retired Bradley County school teacher claimed her first title in 2001 to start a string of three straight and then ran off consecutive titles from 2005-2008 before adding her last in 2010.
Mullins, who paired with Scott for a third place finish in a tight battle at this year’s State Four-Ball Championship, has finished second at the Senior Am “a couple of times,” according to Scott. “It would mean so much to her to win it because it’s the Connie Day Trophy. She and Connie were such great friends.”
Day was a four-time champion and a three-time runner-up in the Tennessee Women’s Amateur Championship. In 1993, she claimed the State Senior Amateur Championship. Recognized as one of the top female amateurs in the country by Golf Digest in 1966, she appeared on the cover of Golf World Magazine in April 1967. Day was exempt from qualifying for the U.S. Women’s Open for two years, and was an alternate on the Curtis Cup team in 1966 and 1970. She is remembered for her great golfing ability, her integrity in the business world, and her friendship.
Scott’s normally hectic golfing schedule has been trimmed back some this year, but she stated that might not be a bad thing. “It haven’t played as much this summer as I have in the past, but that might be a good thing. I have played more in the past few weeks and played great last weekend in Chattanooga, shooting 3-under on nine holes one day.”
This year’s 61-player field will also include 2012 Senior Player of the Year and defending champion, Jean Roise, as well as past champion Georgia McCravey, who claimed the state senior crown in 2009 and 2011.
McCravey and UT-Chattanooga golf coach Collette Murray edged Scott and Mullins by two strokes for the runner-up spot at the State Four-Ball, while Lee University teammates Courtney Shelton and Sam Burrus won the Four-Ball title by five shots.
The local ladies will play a practice round on the Ridgeway course today before beginning the 54-hole stroke-play event on Monday. Following the completion of the second round Tuesday, contestants will be flighted to complete the championship. The final round will be conducted on Wednesday with the winner of the Championship Flight to be crown as the 2013 Women’s Senior Amateur champion.
This marks the first year that Ridgeway Country Club has hosted the Women’s Senior Amateur Championship. However, Ridgeway has played host to multiple other TGA events including the State Amateur Match Play Championship, State Senior Amateur Championship, State Senior Amateur Match Play Championship, and Women’s Amateur Championship.
“I’ve only played the course once — in the Women’s State Amateur,” related Scott, who won her first Women’s State Am crown not too far away from Ridgeway at the Colonial Country Club course in Memphis.
In 1914, the Tennessee Golf Association (TGA) was organized at Memphis Country Club as an association of private clubs. The objective of the Association, as stated in its constitution, “shall be to promote the game of golf in Tennessee.”
From these small origins, the TGA has become an association which now includes over 200 member clubs, courses and organizations, comprised of over 32,000 individuals from across the state. The Women’s Senior Amateur Championship is one of 17 state championships that the Tennessee Golf Association conducts annually.