The Donald Ross Course at French Lick
French Lick, Ind.
August 20-22, 2012
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Jean Bartholomew Takes Solo Lead at the T&CP National Championship
The old adage “beware of the injured golfer” is proving to be true at this week’s Teaching and Club
Professionals (T&CP) National Championship. Jean Bartholomew, who has been plagued by a nagging
back injury, fired a second-round 1-over par 73 to take the lead heading into tomorrow’s final round.
Bartholomew, who was tied for the first round lead with Lisa Grimes, got off to an impressive start on
Tuesday with a birdie on the par-4 10th but immediately lost momentum after back-to-back bogeys on the
11th and 12th.
“I birdied the first hole which is the 10th,” said Bartholomew. “I just kind of hung in there all day.”
With the golf course playing significantly longer on Tuesday due to overnight rain, Bartholomew birdied
the par-5 14th and bogeyed the par-4 18th to make the turn at 1-over par.
Bartholomew immediately returned to even-par for the day after a birdie at the difficult par-4 first but
faltered at the par-4 third with a bogey.
While Bartholomew, a Teaching Professional at PGA National, capitalized on the short par-5’s at The
Donald Ross Course at French Lick during the first round, Tuesday proved to be a different story for the
2009 T&CP National Championship.
“I didn’t take advantage of the par-5’s today,” said Bartholomew. “I birdied the one I eagled yesterday but
I was pin high on most of them in two and didn’t make birdie.”
A back injury that occurred when she played in the LPGA’s Jamie Farr Toledo Classic has left
Bartholomew’s expectations low for this week.
“I don’t really (have any expectations) because I’m not swinging normal,” said Bartholomew. “I’m just
slapping it around but you just have to stay out of trouble here and hopefully make a few putts, but no
Bartholomew heads into tomorrow’s final round with a 1-streak lead over Lisa Grimes. Grimes, who
started on the back-nine on Tuesday, got her first birdie of the day early at the par-4 11 th.
It wasn’t until a string of five consecutive bogeys on holes 13,14,15,16, and 17 that dropped Grimes to 4-
over par for the day on her opening nine.
“I started out on the back nine and I don’t play the back nine very well,” said Grimes. “I had it to one under
then I just made five bogeys in a row. I just missed some makeable putts, they weren’t short putts but
they were about five to eight footers.”
Grimes turned it around on the front nine with two birdies on the par-5 fifth and par-3 sixth to finish the
day with a 2-over par 74.
“I finally got to my nine I like and I had two birdies and no pars,” said Grimes with a smile. “I just missed
some makeable putts today and got on the bogey train and couldn’t get off.”
Grimes has had quite the season thus far as she competed in the U.S. Women’s Open and Wegmans
LPGA Championship. Playing in both majors was an eye opening experience for Grimes who is the
Director of Instruction at Alexandria Golf Club.
“It was interesting, those girls are good,” said Grimes. “It was fun to watch their pre-shot routines and how
they practice. I didn’t play very well and they are so accurate. I’m trying to hit fairways and they are trying
to hit one part of the fairway.”
Trailing Bartholomew by two heading into tomorrow’s final round is former University of Arkansas golf
stand-out Amanda McCurdy. McCurdy, who is the Assistant Golf Professional at Chester W. Ditto Golf
Course, finished second at last year’s T&CP National Championship.
Wednesday’s final round of the T&CP National Championship will begin at 7:30 a.m., off the first and
tenth tees, with the leaders teeing off at 9:20 a.m.
Dede Cusimano Leads the Senior Division
At the start of Dede Cusimano’s round, it looked as if she was well on her way to following-up a first-
round 1-over par 73 with a high number on Tuesday. That however wasn’t the case as Cusimano
fought back from a double-bogey start to claim the solo lead in the senior division of the T&CP National
Cusimano started out on the back-nine and opened with a double-bogey on the 10th followed by a bogey
at the par-4 fifth.
“I got a little down on myself,” said Cusimano, “but I said there are a lot of good birdie holes out there so
just as I did yesterday I just stayed patient.”
Cusimano responded quickly after the shaky start with a birdie at the par-5 14th and it wasn’t until the par-
4 18th that she recorded yet another bogey.
After making the turn at 3-over par, Cusimano attacked quickly on the front side with a birdie at the par-4
second. It didn’t take long for Cusimano to return to even-par for the day after back-to-back birdies at the
fifth and sixth.
Cusimano then bogeyed the par-5 seventh but responded with an impressive birdie at the difficult par-4
“I made a great birdie on eight,” said Cusimano. “I think it’s been the toughest par-4 out here and I hit that
within six feet and made the birdie.”
Cusimano’s play this week has been ever the more impressive as she spends the majority of her time
teaching at the Roaring Fork Golf Club in Colorado. Cusimano goes above and beyond to find time to hit
the links and fine tune her game.
“I teach a lot at the Roaring Fork Golf Club in Colorado so I go in early to hit balls or I stay late to hit
balls,” said Cusimano. “I have a bit of an opportunity to play when I give playing lessons to my members.
That kind of got me here but like last night I stayed pretty late and did a lot of putting on the putting green
so I made some great putts today.”
Cusimano knows what it takes to win a T&CP National Championship as she won the championship
division in 2003 and senior division in 2009 and 2010. If Cusimano wants to take home the senior division
trophy, she will have to hold off Barbara Moxness who followed-up a first-round 76 with a second-round
2-under par 70.
“It was a good solid round, I hit a lot of greens and hit a lot of really good putts,” said Moxness. “I’m really
happy with how I played.”
This week’s difficult Donald Ross Course at French Lick kept Moxness up last night but she prevailed and
focused on what was necessary.
“This golf course is overwhelming and actually I was lying in bed last night because I started out rough
yesterday,” said Moxness. “I was trying to figure out why that happened and there are just so many things
going on with this course. Today I just focused in on what I needed to do.”
Deb Zamprelli and Louisa Bergsma Share Lead in the Challenge Division
Deb Zamprelli and Louisa Bergsma both shot second-round 5-over par 77’s to lead the newly created
Zamprelli struggled a bit on the front side and recorded one double-bogey, three bogeys, and one birdie
en route to a 5-over par 41. Zamprelli, the Head Golf Professional at Golf Galaxy, quickly regained control
of her round and notched all pars on the back-nine to end the day with a 5-over par 77.
Patience proved to be key for Bergsma after getting off to a shaky start. Bergsma opened with a double-
bogey on the par-4 10th and recorded one additional bogey to make the turn at 4-over par.
“For me, the biggest thing is patience,” said Bergsma. “I started out on the back-nine and it wasn’t
Bergsma recorded another bogey on the par-4 first but pared out to shoot a back-nine 1-over par 37.
“I just kind of stuck with it,” said Bergsma. “It’s probably one of the toughest courses that I’ve played as
far as you have to be patient. You can’t try to make it happen; you just have to be really patient.”
Bergsma and Zamprelli head into tomorrow’s final round with a five-stroke lead over Marlene Davis.
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