standouts and current Legends Junior Tour players Alexa Saldana and Savannah
Barber defeated Jillian Bourdage and Casey Weidenfeld,
5 and 4, in the championship match to win the 2021 U.S. Women’s
Amateur Four-Ball at Maridoe Golf Club in Carrollton.
17-year-olds defied odds all week. They each came into the event ranked in the
1500s of the Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking®. Prior to match play they
each had to prevail through two rounds of stroke play. At the end of stroke
play the duo entered the match play portion of the championship as the 26th seed.
for Saldana and Barber this victory did not come as a surprise. “We've been
preparing for this for a few weeks,” said Saldana, “and we [thought we] had a
good chance of winning.”
pair had to win five matches to be crowned champion. Through their first three
matches they never reached the 16th hole. A dominating stretch of golf for
the roommates at Crown Golf Academy in Arlington.
their semifinal match Saldana and Barber were taken to 20 holes by the youngest
team in the field, Gianna Clemente and Avery Zweig, but eventually prevailed.
the final match Saldana rolled in a long birdie putt on the 14th hole to capture
the title over Bourdage and Weidenfeld. The birdie marked the
third consecutive hole won by Saldana and Barber.
girls are also current standouts on the Legends Junior Tour with prior
experience in match play.
tour prides itself on giving fair tests to players and helping them grow for
the next level,” said Kevin Porter, LJT Tournament Director. “Alexa and
Savannah have experience in match play, which is key at the U.S. Women’s
two have notable finishes on the LJT recently. Saldana finished third at the
2020 George Hannon Junior Invitational, while Barber finished sixth. Barber
finished runner-up at both the 2019 Texas Junior Amateur and at the 2020 Girls
Match Play Championship (beating Saldana in the semifinals).
and Barber are the latest in a long line of Legends Junior Tour players
past and present to make history on the national
the third time in six years, the U.S. Women's Amateur Four-Ball championship
final featured LJT alumni. In 2016 Hailee Cooper of Montgomery and
Kaitlyn Papp of Austin won the national title at Streamsong Resort in the
second year of the event.
Hammer recently won individual medalist honors at the Big 12 Men’s Golf Championship held
April 26-28 at Prairie Dunes Golf Club in Hutchinson, Kan. and Will Zalatoris finished
runner-up at the 2021 Masters earlier in the month.
the 2015 Legends Junior Tour Player of the Year, is currently the No. 3-ranked amateur
golfer in the world.
as the above-mentioned current and former LJT players have proven their
mettle in the national spotlight, so too has Maridoe.
was the first time the TGA Member Club played host to a USGA event,
but it has been a haven for elite amateur championships since it
opened for play in 2017.
much else, Maridoe has previously hosted the 2017 Texas Shootout (won
by the North Team), the 2018 Texas Four-Ball (won by Jace Moore and
Jordan Woolf), the 2019 Trans-Miss Championship (won
by Pierceson Coody) and the 2019 Texas Mid-Amateur (won by
been a great partner of the Texas Golf Association ever since the club opened
its doors,” said Kellen Kubasak, TGA’s Director of Competitions. “The membership
and staff have always been very welcoming and accommodating to the TGA. The
golf course, typically the star of the show, always demands the very best out
of the players, where great shots will get rewarded and decent or bad shots
will most likely end up in difficult positions.”
In just a few
short years, the Steve Smyers-designed course has earned a reputation as a
comprehensive test of a player’s shot-making and course management skills. The
list of winners at Maridoe proves only those in total command of their game
will come out on top. Saldana and
Barber showed this to be true during their title march in 6th U.S. Women’s
earned high praise as host of this year’s championship, which included the best
women amateur golfers from 32 states and seven countries.
the beginning of a wonderful relationship with the USGA,” said Marc Wielgosz,
Director of Golf at Maridoe. “We
hope it continues to grow and flourish as the years move on.”
a great partner, and we're thrilled to have staged a successful first
championship of 2021. As with all our host venues, we will speak with club
leadership and have discussions around what a USGA championship future looks
like once we let the dust settle from this one,” said Mark Hill, the USGA'S
Managing Director, Championships.
The club’s leadership
and staff might take a moment to savor the moment of hosting their first USGA
championship, but they’ll be right back at it, planning and preparing for the
next big event, which hopefully will be in the not too distant future.
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