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Western Section Championship - Final Results
Talk on the Tee with “Cherie”
story by Cherie McCammon
Favored heavily 5-1 prior to the race, Orb wins the Kentucky Derby in Churchill downs on Saturday, the same could be said for DeDe Cusimano to win the LPGA Western Championship on the following Tuesday at her home course Rancho La Quinta Country Club in La Quinta. Both have prior impressive resumes.
Cusimano shot a 3-obrt par 75 on Tuesday at Rancho La Quinta Country Club in La Quinta, California to finish the 36 holes at 8-over par 152.
First-day leader Katie Bakken closed with a 78 to finish one shot back at 153, Alison Curdt was at 154.
Cusimano had a stretch of six consecutive holes where she missed makeable birdie putts.
She still trailed Bakken by two strokes after a bogey at 15. Both players bogeyed 16 before Bakken put her tee shot in the water at the par-3 17th. Cusimano’s routine par gave her a one-shot lead before both players parred the 18th.
Cusimano, who teaches at the host club as well as in Colorado, has won seven T&CP section titles of one sort or another over the course of her career. She also won the T&CP national championship in 2003 and senior national championships in 2009 and ’10.
Cusimano will receive an exemption into the 2013 LPGA Championship, the last time a section champion will earn a slot in that elite field. Ok, did I forget to mention, she was the host of the event that included a Sunday Pro-Am of fifteen teams and the two day Western Section championship.
Excellent venue and facility would be an understatement. The staff at Rancho la Quinta from outside services to the pro shop and food beverage will rank on my top golf experiences for a long time. Any professional trying to write a manual on how to run an enjoyable successful tournament can use DeDe’s tournament as a shining example of what empowered woman professional can do with the right attitude and passion for the game!
Christie Quinn (79-77=156) of Huntington Beach, Calif., took the Challenge Division trophy and Heather Drew (73-74=147) of Bermuda Dunes, Calif. kept the lead for both rounds and took the Senior Division title.
Western Section Championship - Pro-Am Results
The team of Alison Curdt won low gross with a score of 57. The team of Dede Cusimano won low net with a score of 56.
The team of Kathy O'Kelly placed first for Ladies teams with a score of 57 followed by the team of July Furst with a 58.
Central Section Event Results
Championship Division: Amanda McCurdy (71-75=146) won the division. Marci Bozarth (76-73=149) and Lori Atsedes (72-77=149) tied for second place.
Senior Division: Sherry Andonian-Smith (66) won by six strokes over Anne-Marie Palli (72).
Pro-Pro Division: The team of Peggy Gustafson/Karen Davies (65) won the team championship by four strokes over Kay Cornelius/Cathy McVean (69)