Brown wins Women's Sr. Amateur

Lea Anne Brown won the Women’s South Carolina Golf Association Senior Amateur Championship on Wednesday at the Country Club of Charleston.

Lea Anne Brown of Mount Pleasant didn't know it at the time, but the lengthy bogey putt she made on the final hole Wednesday was a difference-maker in the Women's South Carolina Golf Association Senior Amateur Championship played at the Country Club of Charleston.

Brown's second shot on the par-4 finishing hole found the back bunker and she didn't get the next shot onto the green. That was followed by a chip that rolled 15 feet past the flag, but she rolled in the putt and sank to her knees.

That closed out a 2-over-par 75 and gave her a 36-hole total of 153, one shot better than defending champion Stephanie Van Inwagen of Woodruff and first-round leader Inga Ivey of Myrtle Beach.

Karin Wolfe of Lexington won the Super Senior division, for players 65 and older, with a score of 76-75--150.

Brown, the membership director at Bulls Bay Golf Club, is married to longtime Country Club of Charleston director of golf Hart Brown.

She has won the Charleston Women's City Amateur 13 times, and has won both the state women's stroke play and match play championship three times each.

She turned 50 last fall and said the only reason she was looking forward to that age was because she became eligible to play in senior tournaments.

"I didn't think I would win," Brown said. "I thought someone would shoot 71 or 72 because the par-5s were reachable. My score sounds OK, but I putted really poorly."

She reached a couple of par-5s in two but three-putted them.

"The shot was on 14 (a par-4)," Brown said. "I pulled a 7-iron and it hit on top and went over. I had about a 25-foot chip and it went in for birdie. And I made a big putt on 17 for par.

"I did not feel like I was going to win, but I felt like I was going to play better (than her opening-round 78). It's tough playing at Charleston. I expect, and everybody expects me to play well. I put a lot of pressure on myself."


(ages 50-64)

Lea Anne Brown, Mount Pleasant 78-75--153

First Flight: Lea Anne Brown, Mount Pleasant, 78-75--153; Stephanie Van Inwagen, Woodruff, 80-74--154; Lisa Maloney, Hilton Head, 78-77--155; Elaine Johnson, Hartsville, 78-81--159; Louise Givens, Lexington, 79-81--160.

Second Flight: Inga Ivey, Myrtle Beach, 75-79--154; Nancy Dodge, Gilbert, 80-81--161; Jeannie Hillock, Kiawah Island, 86-82--168; Frankie Garber, Florence, 87-82--169; Barb Hocking, Greenville, 83-86--169.

Third Flight: Yoshiko Mizuno, Greenville, 80-82--162; Dana Halliday, Spartanburg, 87-80--167; Jan Bowers, Easley, 83-86--169; Ginny Larence, Kiawah Island, 83-86--169; Linda Miller, Taylors, 87-84--171.

Fourth Flight: Penny Calf, Hilton Head, 85-91--176; Mary Beauchere, Summerville, 90-90--180; Joyce Davis, Duncan, 90-91--181; Jan Blum, Kiawah Island, 92-91--183; Karen Kadlee, Kiawah Island, 93-95--188.


(ages 65-up)

Karin Wolfe, Lexington 76-74--150

Fifth Flight: Karin Wolfe, Lexington, 76-74--150; Patricia Bryan, Bluffton, 76-85--161; Jessie Finucan, Summerville, 79-82--161; Susan Harden, Beaufort, 86-78--164; Brenda Frye, Mount Pleasant, 88-80--168; Carol Given, Bluffton, 84-84--168; Tori Langen, Johns Island, 84-84--168.

Sixth Flight: Chris Shadoan, Taylors, 85-81--166; Donna Lynn Flick, Hilton Head, 89-85--174; Sara Murphy, Georgetown, 89-86--175; Genon Krivohlavek, Orangeburg, 86-91--177; Bobbie Callaway, Bluffton, 88-92--180.