RMG Club at Oakbrook in Lakewood, Wash. is set to host the 16th Washington State Women’s Best-Ball Championship, conducted by the Washington State Golf Association (WSGA).
The first round of the two-day championship begins today, and includes many of the top women amateur golfers from Washington and Northern Idaho.
This year’s field is headlined by defending champions Kelly Gardner of Gig Harbor, Wash. and Kim Titus of Anacortes, Wash. Gardner and Titus teamed up last year at Meridian Valley Country Club in Kent, Wash. to claim a one-stroke victory after consecutive rounds of 1-under-par 71. They defeated the 2013 champions Ginny Burkey of Eugene, Ore., and Lisa Smego of Olympia, Wash., who mounted an impressive comeback in the final round, shooting four-under-par 68, coming up just one stroke short.
Gardner and Titus also qualified for the 2015 U.S. Women’s Four-Ball Championship held earlier this season at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. Playing in the inaugural year of the championship, Gardner and Titus just missed the cut that would have put them through to the match play portion of the championship.
Burkey and Smego are coming off a victory last week at the Pacific Northwest Women’s Senior Team Championship, where they won by a whopping 22 strokes in the 54-hole championship that included two rounds of Four-Ball stroke play and one round in the Chapman format.
The format for the WSGA Women’s Best-Ball is 36-hole Four-Ball stroke play (gross and net). The field will be divided into flights based on team handicap. Play will commence with a 9:00 a.m. shotgun start each day.
Follow the WSGA Women’s Best-Ball on Twitter at the handles @WSGA1922 and @WSGAChampions for live updates and news and use the hashtag #WSGAWomensBestBall.