Saturday, January 21, 2012


Meghan Stasi, watched by her husband-caddie, driving in her 2010 match against Kelsey MacDonald at Ganton. Image by Cal Carson Golf Agency.

Meghan Stasi won this week's Orange Blossom Tour event, the Jones-Doherty Challenge Cup match-play tournament at Coral Ridge Country Club, Fort Lauderdale.
in an all-South Florida final, Meghan beat Jaye Marie Green in a great 18-hole final which went all the way to the last green before Mrs Stasi, 33-year-old twice past US mid-am champion, beat Green by hole.
Meghan beat Stirling student Harriet Beasley (Woburn) in the semi-finals and another Woburn player, 15-year-old Charley Hull, the defending champion, in the quarter-finals. is waiting to hear if Meghan Stasi intends coming over to Scotland for the British women's open amateur championship at Carnoustie in last June.
Meghan has played in the last two stagings of the LGU flagship amateur event. She lost at the 19th to Kelsey MacDonald in the semi-finals at Ganton two years ago.

 By Gary Curreri
FORT LAUDERDALE— Oakland Park's Meghan Stasi became the oldest golfer in the past eight years to win the coveted 80th annual Ione D. Jones/Doherty Women's Amateur Championship at the Coral Ridge Country Club as she rallied for a one-hole victory over Boca Raton's Jaye Marie Green in the 18-hole final.
The 33-year-old Stasi completed a solid week that saw her take out the world's No 6 female amateur golfer and defending champion, Charley Hull, 2010 Curtis Cup member Holly Clyburn and Green, 17, who is the top-ranked US female amateur golfer according to Golfweek/
"I was in a little slump there with my putting for a couple of holes so I am glad I got it back," said Stasi, who became the oldest winner of the event since Perry Swenson won the 2004 title at 21.
Since then it has been a run of teenagers, including Coral Springs' Lexi Thompson in 2009 and 2010.
"It is an honour to win, especially being so close the last few years," said Meghan who played for the US as Meghan Bolger in the 2008 Curtis Cup match at St Andrews.
Stasi, the 2008 Doherty runner-up, went two up through six before Green battled back to go one ahead as she won the last three holes on the front nine with a birdie and two pars. Stasi three-putted eight and nine, missing back-to-back five foot putts.
Stasi, a three-time U.S. women's mid-amateur champion, birdied 12 to tie the match and it stayed that way until Green ran into trouble on the 15th hole when she went one down for good.
Stasi closed out the match when she two-putted from 20 feet away for par on the 18th hole.
"I am happy to come runner-up," Green said. "I know if I had won it, I would be really happy and since she won it, I am really happy for her because we are both local."
Andrea Kraus (Baltimore, Maryland) defeated Anna Schultz (Rockwall, Texas) by one hole to capture the 27th annual Senior Amateur Division title.
Other flight winners included Carly Ray Goldstein (Amateur First Flight), Megan Tuohy (Amateur Second Flight), Janice Wilson (Senior First Flight), Maria Marino (Senior Second Flight), and Deborah Woolf (Senior Third Flight).