Tennant Back in Title Match at U.S. Senior Women's Amateur
Lara Tennant cruised through the quarterfinals and semifinals Tuesday at the 59th U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur played at The Lakewood Club in Point Clear, Ala. She is just one victory away from securing her third consecutive national championship.
Note: Tennant is facing No. 3 seed Ellen Port in the title match. Tennant leads 1 up through two holes, but play has been suspended due to inclement weather. The final is scheduled to resume at 6am (PT) on Thursday, Sept. 16.
Tennant, who is the two-time defending champion, is seeking to become the first player to win three straight since Carol Semple Thompson achieved the feat while winning four consecutive from 1999-2002.
Tennant won back-to-back U.S. Senior Women’s Am titles in 2018 and 2019. The 2020 event was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
She played two matches on Tuesday, recording a 3 and 2 win over Sally Krueger in the quarterfinals and a 2 up victory over Susan Cohn in the semis.
In the day’s first match Tennant held a 1 up lead through 12 holes, then proceeded to win the next four holes – posting birdies on holes No. 13-15 – to seal the win over Krueger with two holes to play.
Tennant jumped out to a 3 up lead through seven holes against Cohn, who would eventually narrow the lead to 1 up on hole No. 13. After the two golfers halved the next four holes, Tennant closed out the win with a birdie on hole No. 18.
This year's competition is being played at 5,846 yards and par 72 on Lakewood Club's Dogwood Course. The championship format consisted of 36 holes of stroke play over the course of the first two days, followed by a match play competition with the top 64 scorers.