Portland's Lara Tennant Wins 2018 U.S. Senior Women's Amateur
VERO BEACH, Fla. – Lara Tennant (Portland, Ore.) defeated Sue Wooster of Australia 3&2 to win the 2018 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship, held Oct. 6-11, 2018 at Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club in Vero Beach, Fla.
The result marked Tennant’s first USGA win, and the second win by an OGA member in a national championship this season. In May, Ellen Secor (Portland, Ore.) won the U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship alongside playing partner Katrina Prendergast.
Tennant, 51, completed an unbelievable run to the title beginning with a top-10 finish during stroke play qualifying over the weekend. The No. 10 seed in match play, she maneuvered her way through the bracket, defeating 2004 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur champion Corey Weworski in the quarterfinals and 2017 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur runner-up Terrill Samuel in the semifinals.
In Thursday’s championship match, Tennant never trailed against Wooster, the No. 5 seed. She jumped out to a 1-up lead with a birdie on the first hole, extending her lead to 4-up after 14 holes. A bogey on the par-3 15th hole dropped her lead to 3-up, but the two players halved No. 16, finalizing Tennant’s 3&2 win.
In just two appearances at the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur, Tennant continues to add to her remarkable achievements. Last year, Tennant earned co-medalist honors during stroke play qualifying, as the event was held at her home course of Waverley Country Club in Portland. She bowed out in the round of 64.
The win added to an already padded resume the past few years for Tennant. In 2018, she won both the Oregon Senior Women’s Amateur and Oregon Women’s Mid-Amateur Championships – events Tennant won in 2017, as well. She also qualified and played in the inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open, tallying a hole-in-one during the tournament, the first-ever for the event.
A member of Waverley Country Club, Tennant serves as the Junior Golf Chair on the OGA’s Executive Committee. She played collegiate golf at the University of Arizona and has won nine OGA Championships in her career, including victories at the Senior Women’s Amateur, Women’s Mid-Amateur, Women’s Stroke Play and Women’s Tournament of Champions.