San Martin, CA (Sports Network) - Ellen Port successfully defended her USGA
Senior Women's Amateur Championship title on Thursday with a 3 & 2 victory
over Susan Cohn.
Port, a four-time U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur champ, never trailed in the final
match at CordeValle Golf Club en route to her sixth career USGA title.
With the victory, Port is now tied with Glenna Collett Vare and Hollis Stacy
for fourth all time in USGA titles. JoAnne Gunderson Carner leads the list
with eight, while Carol Semple Thompson and Anne Quast Sander have each won
Port took control of the match early as she won the first three holes.
The streak started with a par at the first, where Cohn failed to get up and
down from a greenside bunker. Cohn would eventually double bogey the hole, and
would continue to add double bogeys at both the second and third to hand Port
a 3-up advantage.
After the duo traded pars over the next nine holes, Cohn converted a 6-foot
par putt before Port 3-putted for bogey to cut her deficit to two.
But Cohn would miss a 7-foor par effort at the 14th to hand Port back her 3-up
lead and following a pair of birdies at the 15th, Port rolled in a 4-foot par
putt at the 16th to clinch the victory and become the first back-to-back
winner of this event since Diane Lang won in 2005 and 2006.
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