29th Women's Amateur Stroke Play Championship
July 7-9, 2023
NAPLES, Fla. - The 29th Women’s Amateur Stroke Play Championship, hosted by TPC Treviso Bay, was a tightly contested tournament throughout all three rounds. After all 54 holes, and two playoff holes, had been completed, Alexandra Gazzoli had emerged victorious and laid claim to the title of Women’s Amateur Stroke Play Champion.
Friday’s round began with a 15-minute delay due to lightning in the surrounding area. But once the players were able to make their way onto the course, they got their first chance to take on the difficult challenge of scoring low at TPC Treviso Bay. Intimidating tee shots and complex greens resulted in just three players recording scores under-par through 18 holes. One of these players was Alexandra Gazzoli, whose round of 4-under par, 68, was good enough to give her a two-shot, solo lead at the end of the day. After a hot start during which she birdied three of her first four holes, the Palm Coast native ultimately recorded five birdies on the day and nearly completed her round without a bogey, having just one on the par-5 18th hole. Kaitlynn Washburn, of Jacksonville, sat in solo second place by carding a round of 2-under par, 70. The Jacksonville native tied Gazzoli for the most birdies through 18 holes with five. Kavita Sehmi, of Saint Cloud, used a bogey-free back nine to shoot 1-under par, 71, and sit in solo third place.
The second round on Saturday presented a familiar challenge to the competitors as thunderstorms created a lengthy delay in the middle of play. Despite the troublesome weather, the field shot nearly one whole stroke better than it did during the previous round. On moving day, Jacqueline Putrino, of Bradenton, laid claim to the lowest round of the day as her four birdies resulted in a score of 2-under par, 70. This catapulted her up three spots on the leaderboard into a three-way share of the lead at 2-under par. When asked about her improved performance, Putrino said, “I just hit it better. Yesterday my putting was the only thing keeping my round together. Today I was just more all-around solid.” Also in a tie for the lead was the round-one leader, Gazzoli. When sharing her thoughts about the round, the 2024 high school graduate said, “I thought I hit a lot of good putts that just didn't go in. So, I think tomorrow a lot of those will start dropping.” The third player at 2-under par through 36 holes was Washburn. After her even-par, 72, round, Washburn felt her key to success in the final round would be, “to try to stick to my same gameplan, go out there tomorrow and just try to have fun and see what happens."
In the final round, players continued to come into the clubhouse with increasingly lower scores as the overall scoring average dropped nearly two additional strokes from the already improved scores on Saturday. Through the first nine holes, the three, 36-hole co-leaders were keeping pace with each other. While Putrino held a one-shot lead over Gazzoli, and a two-shot lead over Washburn, it was still anyone’s tournament to win with a mix of scoring opportunities and challenging holes remaining. On the par-4 11th hole, Gazzoli would make birdie to pull herself back into a tie with Putrino, while Washburn’s double-bogey created a deficit she would be unable to climb back from. Later, on the par-4 13th hole, a bogey from Gazzoli gave Putrino a one-shot lead, which she would then relinquish with a double bogey on the par-4 14th hole, and a bogey on the par-4 15th hole. With three holes to play, Gazzoli held a two-shot lead, but Putrino was not ready to give up just yet. With back-to-back birdies on the par-4 16th hole, the second-hardest hole for the round, and the par-3 17th hole from Putrino, the championship was tied once again with just one hole remaining. After both players parred the par-5 18th hole, Gazzoli and Putrino were heading into a playoff. On the second playoff hole, the par-4 1st, Gazzoli’s par would outdo Putrino’s bogey, giving the Palm Coast native her first-ever FSGA Championship.
“I don’t think its really sunk in yet, but I’m very grateful for the whole experience. I’m just really happy and I think I played really solid this week.” — Alexandra Gazzoli, 29th Women’s Amateur Stroke Play Champion
|Tee||Yardage / Info|
|Women's Stroke Play Championship||6,229 yds. 77.9/145|
|Sunny, hot, 10 mph winds||90 °F|
|Hot, cloudy, humid||92 °F|
|Format: 54 holes of individual gross stroke play|
|Eligibility: Florida resident; Committee approval for players less than 13 years of age|
|Handicap: Florida GHIN 10.0 or less|
|Entry Fee: $250|
|Exempt Players (click to view exemptions)|
|Schedule of Events|
- 54 holes of individual gross stroke play
- Maximum Field Size - 84 players
- The overall Champion will be the individual with the lowest 54-hole total score
- Female amateur golfer
- Florida residency required
- A valid Florida GHIN Handicap Index not exceeding 10.0 is required
- Committee approval is required for entry if the player is less than 13 years of age
Entry fee includes all competitive rounds of golf, tee gift, awards luncheon after the final round, and gift certificate prizes. Late entries will be accepted subject to a $10 late fee should the entrant gain acceptance into the field.
Friday, July 7th
- 6:30 AM - 9:00 AM - Player registration
- 7:30 AM - 9:27 AM - Round one tee times off #1 & #10
Saturday, July 8th
7:30 AM - 9:27 AM - Round two tee times off #1 & #10
Sunday, July 9th
- 7:30 AM - 9:27 AM - Final round tee times off #1 & #10
- Awards luncheon immediately following play
Entry Priority Guidelines
Prior to Close of Entries
- Last 5 Women's Amateur Stroke Play Champions
- Top 30 players and tied from last year's Women's Amateur Stroke Play Championship
- Amateurs making the cut in the Open Division from last year's Florida Women's Open
- Top 50 players and tied from last year's Women's Player of the Year Points List
- Top 25 players and tied from last year's Girls' Junior Player of the Year Points List
- Top 1000 and tied players on WAGR as of January 1 and June 1
- Any player qualifying for last year's U.S. Women's Open Championship
- Any player qualifying for last year's U.S. Women's Amateur Championship
- Any player qualifying for last year's U.S. Girls' Junior Championship
- Committee Exemptions
After Close of Entries
- Any available spots in the field will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis
- Entries received after the competitive field is full or after the close of entries, will be placed on an alternates list. Alternates will be contacted in the order of receipt, if and when, a spot becomes available.
The FSGA may hold an undisclosed number of spots for exceptional circumstances.
- 6,000 - 6,200 yards (Gross Only)
Elle Johnson fires a course record round of 65 in the final round to claim victory at the Women’s Amateur Stroke Play Championship at Coral Creek Club. Johnson shot rounds of 72-72-65--209 to take home a two-shot victory.
Practice rounds are available one week prior to the Championship and after 12:00 PM the weekend prior on a space available basis. The price for a practice round is $35.00 + tax and includes a cart and range balls prior to the round. Please call the golf shop at 239-302-5238 to arrange your practice round. The proper place to practice your golf swing is on the driving range, hitting multiple shots on the course is unacceptable.
- Spectator and Spectator Cart Policy - Click here.
- Caddies - Caddies are NOT permitted in FSGA Championships and FSGA qualifying rounds per the FSGA Code of Conduct; except at the Florida Open, Florida Women's Open & Senior Open, and the Florida Senior Open - Click here.
- Championship Pace of Play Policy - Click here.
- Local Rules and Terms of Competition - Click here.
- Championship Policies - Click here to read the withdrawal, dress code, and other policies.
- Procedures for Alternates - Click here for information on how alternates may gain entry into this Championship.
- Conditions/ Schedule - The FSGA Championships Committee/on-site Rules Committee reserves the right to alter any of the conditions, provisions and/or schedules. The decision of the Championships Committee/on-site Rules Committee in any matter will be final.
Host Hotel and Accomodations
Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort - $189 per night - Click Here to Book Online
TPC Treviso Bay accepts cash, Visa, Master Card, and American Express as forms of payment.
TPC Treviso Bay
9800 Treviso Bay Blvd
Naples, FL 34113
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