Chewpanich Easily Wins Tournament

Bobbie Hoepner    Tai Chewpanich won her second straight Club Championship by more than 30 strokes.

 

Tai Chewpanich had no problem winning the Alameda Women’s Golf Club’s (AWGC) 86th Club Championship last Thursday, Sept. 28, on the Earl Fry Course.

Chewpanich was well ahead of the rest of the field. She won the tournament by shooting an overall 234 (79-76-79) — the championship was determined by overall gross score. Jenny Bae came in second place with an overall 267 (84-89-94), more than 30 strikes behind Chewpanich. Chewpanich was the only golfer who shot under 80 in round three (79). No other golfer shot under 90 in the final round. Chewpanich also won the event in 2016. With her win, Chewpanich will represent the AWGC next year in the East Bay Club Championship Tournament.

Maggie Lindquist posted an overall 276 (95-90-91) in her three rounds for third place overall. Bernice Herzberg shot a 279 (94-93-92) for fourth place. Dot Moody shot a 288 (96-99-93) to round out the top five.

Chewpanich also topped the net flight portion of the event. Chewpanich shot a net 204 (69-66-69) in the first flight — handicap of 10 to 22. Because Chewpanich won the gross event, her net score was discarded from the net competition. Therefore, Herzberg won the first-flight competition with a net 219 (74-73-72) for second place. Bae (71-76-81), Moody (76-79-73) and Lindquist (79-74-75) all tied for second place after shooting net 228s. Moody won the tiebreaker.

Madeline Sally won the second flight — handicap of 23 to 27 — with a net 224 (82-74-68). Alice Wong posted a net 228 (78-73-77) after three rounds for second place, while Barbara Mickle shot a 235 (80-79-76) for third place.

Susan Yoon shot a net 216 (69-73-74) on her way to taking the top spot in the third flight — handicap of 29 to 33. Bonnie Kim was right behind her with a net 219 (71-77-71) after three rounds, while Beatrice Lebrec shot a net 220 (74-71-75) for third place. 

Pam Curtis won the fourth-flight competition — handicap of 35 to 41 — with a net 225 (70-70- 78). Kay Park was in second place with a net 232 (78-79-75) after three rounds and Susan Logan came in third place with a 235 (76-83-76).Pam Curtis won the closest-to-the-hole competition on the ninth hole by placing her ball 10’ 3” from the pin. 

Twenty-four golfers participated in the three-day tournament.