A pair of talented Virginia women won their respective flights at the inaugural Amateur Golf Alliance’s inaugural Women’s National Amateur Championship.
2015 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur champion Lauren Greenlief, from Ashburn, Virginia, took a six-shot lead into the final round after posting 4-under-par 68 in the second round at the Dye Preserve in Jupiter, Florida. That enabled her to survive a final-round 75 for a three-shot win ahead of Julia Potter-Bobb. Greenlief (above) signed for a 54-hole score of even-par 216.
“I played solidly all week” she told GGP after her win. “I hit a lot of fairways and greens and made a lot of putts. Today, I lipped out putts that I made in the first two rounds.”
Greenlief was named to the 2019 Curtis Cup practice squad and hoped to make the team for the June 2020 match. With COVID-19 having forced a postponement until next August, Greenlief will take a leave of absence from her consulting career in the spring in an effort to travel to Wales for the Match.
Amy Ellertson, of Free Union, Virginia, overcame a four-shot deficit to win the Senior division. She shot 6-over 222 to clip first- and second-round leader Gigi Higgins by two shots.
“I played boring golf today,” Ellertson told GGP afterward. “Lots of pars, no birdies.”
Both winners spoke effusively of this new event on the women’s amateur schedule. Said Ellertson, “I was very impressed with how they managed the event. It really fills a hole in the women’s game.”
Staff and Wire Reports