Washington Finishes 17th at 11th USGA Women's State Team Championship

The Washington state representation put in a solid performance to finish in 17th place at the 11th USGA Women’s State Team Championship, held Sept. 10-12 at the Dalhousie Golf Club in Cape Girardeau, Mo.

Amanda Jacobs, Leslie Folsom  and Shawn Farmer-Sese (L-to-R).
The 2015 WSGA U.S. State Team: Amanda Jacobs, Leslie Folsom and Shawn Farmer-Sese (L-to-R).

Amanda Jacobs of Seattle, Leslie Folsom of Tukwila and Shawn Farmer-Sese of Bellevue were each selected based on their standings on the WSGA Performance Points List, compiled over the last two years (August 1, 2013 – August 1, 2015). All three players recently qualified for the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship in a qualifier held at Bellingham Golf & Country Club.

Jacobs came into the championship enjoying a good summer, winning the WSGA Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship and earning medalist honors at the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur qualifier. She continued her good play in the State Team, shooting a 1-under-par 71 in the first round which included four birdies and an ace on the 150-yard par-3 fifth hole. She contributed to the team’s scores in each round shooting 71, 77 and 78.

Folsom, a veteran player in many state and regional championships, brought experience to the team after representing Washington in this championship in 2013. She shot rounds of 78, 79 and 79, contributing to the team’s score twice.

Farmer-Sese had an up-and-down week, shooting 88, 75 and 82 over the three days. Her contribution to the team’s score on Friday was an important one, helping the team into the top-21 and allowing them to make the cut.

Amanda Jacobs' hole-in-one ball from the first round.
Amanda Jacobs’ hole-in-one ball from the first round.

The Washington State Golf Association is proud of the competitive performance put in by Jacobs, Farmer-Sese and Folsom. They continue to contribute to women’s amateur golf in our state and do so with pride. Thank you, Team Washington!

The 54-hole championship had 150 competitors representing 49 states and the District of Columbia. The two lowest of the three individual scores counted as the team’s score for each day’s round and for the first time in the championship’s history, a 36-hole cut was introduced to the 21 lowest-scoring teams, plus ties.

The contingency from Georgia won the championship, shooting a 4-over-par total of 436, beating their southern neighbor, Florida, by three strokes. Next year will be the USGA Men’s State Team Championship, held Sep. 28-30 at the Country Club of Birmingham (Ala.). The next Women’s State Team Championship will be held Sep. 26-28, 2017 at The Club at Las Campanas in Santa Fe, N.M.