Kim-Schaad and Stasi Repeat at Intl. Four-Ball
TAMPA, Fla. – For the second-straight year, Ina Kim-Schaad and Meghan Stasi raised the trophy at the Women’s International Four-Ball Championship. Kim-Schaad and Stasi survived a playoff to capture the win on Thursday at The Wanderers Club.
This is Stasi’s sixth International Four-Ball victory and Kim’s second.
Two teams were tied at the top of the leaderboard following the first round on Wednesday. Kim-Schaad and Stasi and the team of Tara Joy-Connelly and Dawn Woodard posted a 4-under 68 in the first round. Thirteen players sat within five shots of the lead heading into Thursday's final round.
Stasi started the day with a birdie on the first hole. The duo posted an even-par on the front nine, carding their only bogey of the tournament on the third hole. Both Kim-Schaad and Stasi added a birdie on the back nine to finish the final round with a 2-under 70.
Joy-Connelly and Woodard began the final round with a birdie on the second hole, before running into some trouble on the sixth, posting a double bogey. Woodard rebounded quickly, birding the next three holes to close out the front nine at 2-under. They finished the round at 2-under 70.
2018 champions, Lauren Greenlief and Katie Miller, made a charge in the final round, carding a bogey-free 6-under 66 to finish the round in a tie for first. Both Greenlief and Miller posted two birdies on the front nine and added another birdie each on the back.
The three teams headed to 18th hole to decide the champions. Woodard missed her birdie putt by an inch on the first to send the three teams to the second playoff hole, with all three sides finishing with par on the second.
On the par-5 third hole, Kim-Schaad hit her second shot to 20 feet and had a good look for eagle, while Stasi hit her second shot to just off the green. Stasi chipped on and made her 8-foot birdie putt to secure the back-to-back win.
In the middle division, Patsy Ehret and Marianne Springer took home first place, carding a 2-over 146. The pair shot an even-over 72 in the first round and secured the win with a 2-over 74 in the final round.
Elizabeth Brumback and Lynn Fullmer were victorious in the middle first division, finishing the championship with a 14-over 158. Fox and Petersen posted a 8-over 80 on Wednesday and finished with a 6-over 158.
Tammy Blyth, who was competing in the middle division, had a hole-in-one on the par-3 fifth hole during the practice round.
The women’s championship schedule will continue with the Women’s Four-Ball Championship on March 14-15 at Black Diamond Ranch.