Friday, June 27, 2008

15-Year-Old Wins Texas Women's Open

More and more teen girls are becoming competitive in women's golf, a trend that isn't exactly news. The U.S. Women's Amateur and U.S. Women's Public Links championships have been won primarily by girls and young women in recent years, as opposed to more experienced women golfers; teenagers are even winning on the LPGA Tour these days. So it's no surprise when a teen girl wins the Texas Women's Open, which is what happened this year at the recently completed tournament. Here's the report from the Northern Texas PGA:

Garland, TX – Fifteen-year old amateur Tanya Wadhwa of McKinney fired a three-under par round of 67 to win the Texas Women’s Open by one shot.

Tanya began the final day two shots behind leaders Jennifer Park and Marilyn Hardy; however, she quickly made up those shots on her front nine with birdies on holes three and five. The back nine proved even better for the young amateur with three birdies, one of which was on number eighteen to claim the Championship.

Adrienne McDonald of The Golf Channel’s Big Break Ka’anapali was the low professional, finishing in second place for the overall Championship and taking home a check for $2,000. Defending champion Shannon Fish shot the low round of the tournament, 66, to finish at one-over par to claim second-place amateur honors while also finishing third overall. Anna Schultz of Rockwall, Texas finished in a tie with Carrie Morris of Tyler, Texas for third place amateur honors. Schultz shot a final round 69 to Morris’s 71 to claim third place amateur honors.

The 36-hole stroke play event featured a field of 108 top playing professionals and amateurs competing at Eastern Hills Country Club located in Garland, Texas. The 6,104-yard, par 70 layout has played host to the Texas Women’s Open since 2001.

The 31 professionals in the field competed for a share of the $10,000 purse with the professional champion taking home $2,000 for first place. The top three amateurs were also recognized and awarded crystal trophies for their outstanding play.

The 2008 Texas Women’s Open at Eastern Hills Country Club benefited the New Beginning Center in Garland. The center exists to foster an environment of safety, support and respect for families affected by domestic violence. The vision of the New Beginning Center is to promote social change that will lead to the elimination of domestic violence.

Top 5 Finishers
Tanya Wadhwa (a), McKinney, 72-67--139
Adrienne McDonald, Mabank, 72-68--140
Shannon Fish (a), Spring, 75-66--141
Christi Cano, San Antonio, 71-71--142
Anna Schultz (a), Rockwall, 75-69--144
Carrie Morris (a), Tyler, 73-71--144
Dana Bates, Thousand Palms, Calif., 73-71--144
Full Results

Adrienne McDonald - better-known as Adrienne Gautreaux - and Dana Bates were contestants on "Big Break: Kaanapali." Fish and Morris are collegiate golfers. Schultz is the U.S. Senior Women's Amateur champion. Cano plays on the Futures Tour.

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