Bartholomew cards two eagles to win LPGA T&CP National Championship's Championship Division
Cusimano goes wire-to-wire for four-stroke victory in Senior Division
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WILLIAMSBURG, Va., Sept. 16, 2009 – Despite swirling winds on the Kingsmill Resort & Spa's River Course, LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) fired some low rounds in the final day of the 2009 LPGA T&CP National Championship.
Perhaps the most exciting round was by LPGA Tour veteran Jean Bartholomew, who carded her career-low 9-under-par (62), which is also a competitive course record. Bartholomew, a teaching professional at The Creek Club in Locust Valley, N.Y., was competing in her first-ever LPGA T&CP event and overcame a five-stroke, 36-hole deficit after Tuesday's second round to take the Championship Division win at 7-under-par 206 (72-72-62).
“Can you believe it?” said Bartholomew, who is now teaching at The Creek Club in Locust Valley, N.Y. “You take what you get. I don't know how to describe it. You have it every once in a while, but I didn't hit the ball well at all the first two rounds. I have shorter clubs in my hand on this course, so I don't have to … I made a birdie with a tee-shot that hit the tree. I had a 6-iron and haven't had a 6-iron on second shot all week and I birdied it.”
Bartholomew's bogey-free 9-under-par 62 on Wednesday was aided by two eagles on holes 16 and seven. On 16, she holed out from 68 yards with a sand-wedge. The round was a career-low with her last 9-under-par (63) occurring at the 1999 Chick-fil-A Charity Championship. Bartholomew edged out Christine Dorece, of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., (74-73-65) – who also had the second-lowest round of the tournament with a 6-under-par 65 – and 36-hole co-leader Sarah Johnson, of Flagstaff, Ariz., (70-69-73) by six strokes at 1-under-par 212.
In the Senior Division, Dede Cusimano, a Class A teaching professional at River Valley Ranch Golf Club in Carbondale, Colo., went wire-to-wire to become the first LPGA T&CP to win both the LPGA T&CP National Championship in the Championship Division (2003) and Senior Division (2009). Her winning score of 69-72-70=211 (-2) was four strokes ahead of Marjorie Jones, of Orlando, Fla. (73-71-71) and M.J. Smith, of Waldorf, Md. (76-72-67) who tied for second at 2-over-par 215.
“It was an exciting round. I hit the ball the best I've ever hit, I just missed a lot of putts,” said Cusimano. “On my part, I'm playing a lot of golf coming in here. It was great. I kept my focus all week, which was great. You come in here to be with your colleagues and have fun with them and see them. That's what it's all about.”
Earlier in the week, LPGA Tour and LPGA T&CP co-founder Shirley Spork announced a Super-Senior Division for competitors 60 and over. Winning the inaugural award for that division was recently-inducted LPGA T&CP Hall of Fame member Lorraine Klippel, owner and founder of Bumble Bee Golf Hollow in Harrisburg, Pa. – a Top 50 Range as recognized by the Golf Range Association. Klippel recorded rounds of 76-80-79 for a 22-over-par 235.