Women’s golf championship ends season on a high note


Darlyne Johnston, left, Jana Stone, Doreen Claflin and Sally Holland finish their putts on the Hill Course 17th hole at the Chautauqua Golf Club during the final round of the 2011 Women’s Golf Association championship Tuesday. Photo by Ellie Haugsby.

Patrick Hosken | Staff Writer

Last Tuesday afternoon, players in the Chautauqua Women’s Golf Association slowly trickled off the lush, green Hill Course to reassemble for pizza, drinks and a tallying of scores. It was the end of their annual championship at the Chautauqua Golf Club. The ladies sat around at tables in the clubhouse as workers sifted through scorecards and counted strokes.

After everything was computed, golfer Barb Blanchard took home the honors as 2011 champion, with a combined score of 182 of both rounds.

The women played the first round of the tournament on Aug. 2 at the Golf Club. Round two was scheduled for Aug. 9 but was pushed back to Aug. 16 because of rain. The players’ final scores represented the combined number of strokes from both rounds.

For the tournament, players were split into four groups, called flights, containing golfers of relatively the same skill level. The Championship Flight was split into AA and A flights because, according to tournament organizer Pat Peters, there is a big gap between the top players and the consistently good players.

“So, we wanted to give those players a chance (to win), too,” Peters said.

Blanchard took the AA Flight, with a round one score of 90 and a round two score of 92.

For the A Flight, Suzanne Gross landed the top spot with a combined total of 184. Jana Stone headed the B Flight, shooting a gross score of 202. Mary Khosh finished first in the C Flight with 212 strokes. Mary Ellen Lynden shot a 213, winning the D Flight.

The Women’s Golf Association ended its 2011 Season with 57 members, all 18-hole golfers.