Chewpanich Scores President’s Cup

Courtesy photo    Tai Chewpanich displays the President’s Trophy she won last Thursday.

67th annual golf tourney ends in first-ever three-way tie

Tai Chewpanich won the Alameda Women’s Golf Club’s 67th annual President’s Cup in a thriller that had to be decided with a playoff Thursday, June 20, on the Jack Clark Course.

Chewpanich entered the final round six strokes behind leader Jeanne Yip at net 141. Chewpanich shot a net 69 in the third and final round, while Yip posted a net 75. They both shot a net 210 after three rounds. 

It appeared just two golferswere  in contention for the championship, but Jamie Totsubo-Hamono had the best round of any golfer in the entire tournament in round three. Totsubo-Hamono entered the final round in 13th place in the overall tournament at net 148 (72-76). However, she shot a net 62, the lowest score of the round, to make up her 13-stroke deficit and finished tied at net 210 after three rounds. 

It was the first time three people finished tied after three days play in President’s Cup history. However, Totsubo-Hamono conceded and did not take part in the playoff. She finished her final round 30 minutes after Yip and Chewpanich and felt too exhausted to compete in a playoff.
Chewpanich defeated Yip in the first playoff hole 5-to-6 to win the 67th President’s Cup. Chewpanich had the lowest gross score of the third round with an overall 84. 

Chewpanich won the first flight — handicap of 14 to 22. Phoebe Yu finished second with a net 216 (72-70-74). She finished sixth in the overall competition. Tracey Perkins finished third in the flight and seventh overall with a net 218 (69-74-75). Kari Vadnais finished fourth in the flight and eighth overall with a net 219 (76-69-74).

Yip won the second flight — handicap of 25-30. Barbara Mickle finished second in the flight and fourth overall with a net 215 (76-69-70). Madeline Sally finished third in the flight and ninth overall with a net 220 (75-70-75). Yvette Whiteside finished fourth in the flight and tied for 10th overall with a net 221 (79-72-70). 

Totsubo-Hamono won the third flight — handicap of 32 to 36. Louise Eilhardt finished second in the flight with a net 222 (74-77-71). Angie Vaccarezza finished third in the flight with a net 231 (72-66-93). She entered the final round in second place overall. 

Vivian Kang won the fourth flight — handicap of 37 to 40 — and finished tied for fourth in the overall competition with a net 215 (74-66-75). Kay Park came in second place in the flight and 10th overall with a net 221 (75-75-71). 

Twenty-nine golfers participated in the event.