2017 LPGA T&CP National Championship Second-Round Notes

LPGA T&CP National Championship
Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club | Southern Pines, NC
Second-Round Notes | Sept. 5, 2017

The second round of the LPGA T&CP National Championship finished at Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club on Tuesday with first-round leader Wendy Doolan extending her lead in the Championship Division to six shots heading into the final day of play. Doolan, who competed on the LPGA Tour for 17 years and is currently a teaching pro in Lakeland, Fla., fired a tournament-low 67 that moved her to 6-under-par overall. PGA professional Joanna Coe (Baltimore, Md.) sits in second after her second straight round of even-par 72.

Doolan carded an impressive seven birdies in her round along with two bogeys and took advantage of her morning tee time when the greens played a tad easier than they had the previous day. But for Doolan, the focus this week has been to continue working on a mental approach where she focuses on taking one shot at a time. It’s an approach that sounds cliché, but it seems to be working well lately for the veteran pro.

“I played a little bit of golf over the summer, and really I’ve had the same goal all summer,” Doolan said. “Golf is a funny game. You just never know when it’s going to show up and, obviously, a 67, that’s a good round, and I’m happy with that. But the goal is the same and that’s one shot at a time. I’m fighting myself at times to do that, but I’m really enjoying the challenge of staying in the moment.”

Doolan has put herself in position to win the LPGA T&CP National Championship for the first time in her career. The title would also earn her a spot in next year’s KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. The top-eight finishers will earn their way into the event and Doolan is looking to make a return trip as she finished eighth at the 2016 LPGA T&CP National Championship.

North Carolina native Cathy Johnston-Forbes leads the Senior Division at 4-under-par 140 following two straight rounds of 70, while local favorite Charlaine Hirst (Pinehurst, N.C.) sits atop the Challenge Division by seven shots with a two-day total of 8-over 152.

The 36-hole cut was made with 34 players making it in the Championship Division (19-over 163), 29 players in the Senior Division (20-over 164) and 10 players in the Challenge Division (28-over 172).

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FINDING SUCCESS AT A FAMILIAR PLACE

Joanna Coe is only playing in her second LPGA T&CP National Championship, having finished T22 at last year’s event outside Orlando, but this year she had some special vibes heading into the championship.

Southern Pines, NC is the longtime home of LPGA Pioneer Peggy Kirk Bell, who passed away at the age of 95 last year. Bell was an alum of Rollins College, where Coe played collegiate golf. The team often came to the area to compete and Coe felt that the course at Mid Pines could inspire her to play some great golf this week.

“This place is special to me because Peggy Kirk Bell is a Rollins alum so we always came here for college tournaments and my first college victory was here in the fall of my freshman year,” said Coe. “So I have really good memories here, although the redesign I don’t completely recognize it. It is still a fun course and I feel comfortable off the tee and I feel like you have to be a strong iron player to get it close to these pins. I’ve just been pretty steady, keeping it in play and playing smart.”

Coe has certainly played steady with back-to-back rounds of even-par 72 and finds herself sitting in solo second heading into the final day of play. Coe, who is a PGA professional, has really enjoyed the opportunity to compete at this championship and relishes the experience.

“This has been on my calendar from the very beginning,” Coe said of the tournament. “It’s cool to be with all of the women again because when you play in PGA section events, it’s all men.  But it’s a different vibe out here. It’s fun. Everyone is supportive of each other. I plan on playing this event for years to come.”


FEELING GOOD AND PLAYING WELL TOO

Heather Angell hasn’t played much competitive golf so far this year. The Winston-Salem, N.C. native has status on the Symetra Tour but health issues have prevented her from playing at all on that Tour.

Angell, who blogs about food allergies and her battle with hypoglycemia on her Eat Play Win blog (http://eatplaywin.blogspot.com), has been making some changes in an effort to help her health. She has been feeling better of late but thought that this week would be a great opportunity to see if the changes she had made would be reflected in her play on the course.

“I just wanted to play as well as I could, as solid as I could,” said Angell. “I just really wanted to have three solid rounds and hopefully that would put me within that top 8 number. Really just coming into this event I wanted to see how the changes I made recently for my health would play out this week. So far it has been pretty decent. I have been fairly pleased with it.”

Angell has certainly delivered on the solid play through two rounds as she shot consecutive rounds of 2-over 74 and sits in a tie for third with Ashley Grier (Springfield, Penn.).


CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION LEADERBOARD

Player                                                 R1          R2          R3          To Par

Wendy Doolan                                 71           67           —            -6

Joanna Coe                                       72           72           —            E

Heather Angell                                 74           74           —            +4

Ashley Grier                                      75           73           —            +4

Karen Paolozzi                                 76           73           —            +5

Charlotta Sorenstam                      77           73           —            +6

Jean Bartholomew                          77           75           —            +8

Katie Detlefsen                                76           76           —            +8


LOCAL LOOKING FOR A TITLE

The biggest crowd on Tuesday at the LPGA T&CP National Championship was likely the one following the group of Charlaine Hirst, which is no surprise considering that Hirst is practically playing in her backyard.

Hirst, who resides in nearby Pinehurst, shot 77 on Tuesday for a two-day total of 8-over 152 and leads the Challenge Division by seven shots over fellow North Carolinian Joellyn Crooks (Fuquay Varina, N.C.). And there were plenty of cheers from the people following Hirst’s group on Tuesday as she continued to put together some strong play.

“It has been unbelievable,” Hirst said of the support she’s received. “I’ve got my crowd, members from the club, people I teach, it has just been fun to be the local girl for a change.”

Hirst is familiar with Mid Pines, as she used to work at Pine Needles, which is across the street. She played Mid Pines quite a bit at that time but hadn’t played it in over nine years and the course underwent a redesign since then.

“I don’t play a lot of golf as I think most of us [teachers] out here this week don’t,” Hirst said. “The week has been about getting through and reminding yourself that what you are putting out there for your lessons, whatever you are teaching people, you are doing the same things—not to get ahead or to do too much. It’s worked so far, so it has been a good week.”


CHALLENGE DIVISION LEADERBAORD

Player                                  R1          R2          R3          To Par

Charlaine Hirst                  75           77           —            +8

Joellyn Crooks                   78           81           —            +15

Liz Cooper                          80           84           —            +20


JOHNSTON-FORBES LEADS SENIOR DIVISION AFTER TWO DAYS

North Carolina native Cathy Johnston-Forbes continued her impressive play in Tuesday’s second round by firing a second straight 2-under 70 to sit atop the Senior Division by eight shots at 4-under-par.

Johnston-Forbes (Kitty Hawk, N.C.) got off to a steady start in her second round with nine straight pars before she once again bogeyed the first hole. But she rebounded quickly with back-to-back birdies on the 2nd and 3rd holes before adding one more on the fifth to complete her round. Overall, the former LPGA Tour player who became a major winner at the 1990 du Maurier Classic Ltd. has been pleased with her play.

I wasn’t hitting really well when I came into this week and I started hitting it well the day before on Sunday,” Johnston-Forbes said. “I left some putts out there for sure. I hit it better today but just didn’t make as many putts.”

The top-five finishers in the Seniors division will qualify for the 2018 Senior LPGA Championship at French Lick Resort. In addition, any competitors 45 or older who finish in the top 10 of the Championship division will also qualify for the senior major.


SENIOR DIVISION LEADERBOARD

Player                                                 R1          R2          R3          To Par

Cathy Johnston-Forbes                  70           70           —            -4

Barb Scherbak                                  72           76           —            +4

Sherry Andonian-Smith                  77           72           —            +5

Marlene Davis                                  74           75           —            +5

Barbara Moxness                            73           76           —            +5


QUOTABLE

“It would be amazing. I can’t imagine telling my family and friends, and the members of my club. I need one more strong round so I’m going to focus on that but that’s just like an awesome reward. It’s really cool that we have that route.”

Joanna Coe, on the opportunity for the top-eight finishers in the Championship division to compete in the 2018 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship

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Ohio Women’s Open Presented by Credit Adjustments, Inc.

The 11th Annual First Federal Bank Ohio Women’s Open Presented by Credit Adjustments, Inc. was contested recently and Ohio State University graduate, Jessica Porvasnik  put together rounds of 70-68 for a four-under 138 total to win her first event as a professional. The OWO was contested in Defiance, OH  at Eagle Rock Golf Club and 65 professionals and amateurs competed for top prizes. Porvasnik took home $6000 for her first place finish!

Symetra Tour player, Brooke Baker, from Oklahoma, was runner-up with her rounds of 72-71 for a one over total of 143.

Sue Ertl, a current Legends Tour member and former LPGA touring pro, won the senior event with a two-day total of 148 with rounds of 75 and 73. LPGA member, Karen Bennett, was runner-up with a 149 two-day total.

Danielle Sawyer was the low amateur with her total of 151 with rounds of 77-74. Sawyer is a freshman at Central Michigan University.

 

 

Winners for the Ohio Women’s Open in Defiance, Oh at Eagle Rock Golf Club include, from left: Jessica Porvasnik (Professional winner, 138); Danielle Sawyer (low amateur, 151); Brooke Baker (Professional Runner-up, 143); and Sue Ertl (Senior Professional,148)

Quiet the Chatter for Peak Performance

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The amount of chatter we have going on in our brains during a round of golf can truly limit us in attaining a peak performance state. Even when I’m giving golf lessons, the student will reveal how many thoughts and conversations they have running through their mind. We use different parts of our brain when we switch between conscious thoughts and executing athletic motions. That’s why I’ve experienced so many players who have just hit a ball out of bounds, then proceed to rip their next one straight down the fairway. They often are so irritated and mad that they just make a good thing without thought which results in a wonderful outcome!  Be aware of the chatter you have running through your mind before your shot, during your shot, and after the shot.

Sometimes the chatter can turn into negative self-statement which may lead to self-doubt. Before your shot is a great time to use neutral statements and facts in regards to target, distance, and club selection. Over the shot, quiet the chatter and let your body perform the athletic movement. Feel what it is like to just swing the club around your body with judgment or analysis. After the shot you can become analytical and assess how to make the next shot better or take in data for future learning.  Monitor your brain chatter to get into a peak performance state.

Alison Curdt is a PGA Master Professional and LPGA Class Professional at Wood Ranch Golf Club. She is the 2015 LPGA National Teacher of the Year. For golf instruction and mental coaching contact her at alison@alisoncurdtgolf.com or visit www.alisoncurdtgolf.com.

Building Your Golf Confidence

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At some point in our golf career, we have all felt a lack of confidence in a certain aspect of our game. Perhaps after a few poor putting rounds we lose confidence over three-footers. The chipping yips is a sign of a loss of confidence also. We have even seen professional tour players lose confidence right in front our eyes when we spectate in person or watch their performance on television. Although confidence may be temporarily lost, it can be restored. It will take some work and mental effort, but rebuilding confidence is a possibility.

Create a confidence profile of 12 aspects of your game. List out these aspects such as driving, putting, sand game, punch shots, driving, etc. and evaluate how confident you feel in each area. Using a scale of 1 to 10, where 10 is the most confident you feel and 1 is the least confident you feel, complete your profile to examine your areas of confidence.

The aspects that you have ranked 5 or less in are the areas you want to begin rebuilding confidence. Start with one area, such as putting. Now, devise a practice plan to make you feel good about improvement. This may include taking a lesson to improve your skill set, adding additional focus during practice time, or creating challenging interval practices to make the time spent practicing more golf course relatable. Create tasks that are challenging, yet allow you to achieve goals. For example, if you want to build confidence in your three-foot putts—make 25 putts in a row from 2 feet. Progress to two and a half feet and attempt the same exercise. Next move back to three feet. While you see yourself succeed, and you put yourself in opportunities to make progress, make sure to reinforce your efforts with positive self-statements. You must be your own best cheerleader during this stage.

Lastly, when you are back on the course and are faced with a shot you are working to build confidence in, remind yourself of the hard work you have put into improving this area. Take a deep breath, relax, and attempt the shot. Be kind to yourself as you work on the course to avoid being overly critical during this building stage. If you feel your confidence has been lost, start with a confidence assessment to begin building it back up.

Alison Curdt is a PGA Master Professional and LPGA Class Professional at Wood Ranch Golf Club. She is the 2015 LPGA National Teacher of the Year and 2016 SCPGA Teacher of the Year. For golf instruction and mental coaching contact her at alison@alisoncurdtgolf.com or visit www.alisoncurdtgolf.com.

Noblett wins Midwest Jeri Reid Award

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Indiana’s Suzanne Noblett was recently awarded the Jeri Reid Spirit of the Game Award for 2016. Noblett, who was a friend of Reid, who passed away earlier this year, was thrilled with receiving the award. Noblett said, “Jeri was such a great person and she and I were good friends so this means a lot to me. “

Noblett, who lives in Fort Wayne and is originally from Evansville, Indiana, is a Class A member of the LPGA T&CP Division. This past year she established “Noblett Golf Services,” which she operates from privately owned Cedar Creek Golf Course as well as the Bobick’s Driving Range in Fort Wayne. Noblett adds this award to the two Midwest Section Teacher of the Year Awards.

Noblett is a little unique in her teaching as she always wears knickers; her dog accompanies her to the range and sits on a golf cart during lessons; and she aptly provides videos of herself to her students doing drills so her students will have those for future reference.

As Jeri Reid fought cancer, the award was designed to keep Jeri Reid’s spirit and love of the game alive. Past recipients of the award were: Jeri Reid (2014); Patricia Gray (2015).

 

2016 LPGA T&CP National Team Championship Final Results

Place Golfer Name Rnd 1 Rnd 2 Total Purse 2nd Day Purse
1 Neumann, Liselotte
Bartholomew, Jean
65 57 122 $6,000 $2,000
2 Austin, Sally
Hill, Carolyn
67 59 126 $5,000 $125
T3 Sorenstam, Charlotta
McCurdy, Amanda
68 59 127 $3,166 $125
T3 Ferguson, Stephanie
Smith, Sherry
69 58 127 $3,166 $1,250
T3 Folquet, Malia
Benz, Amy
67 60 127 $3,166
T6 Alcott, Amy
Imrie, Kathryn
69 60 129 $1,425
T6 Koyama, Debbi
Curdt, Alison
71 58 129 $1,425 $1,250
0T6 Ause, Angela
Nause, Martha
70 59 129 $1,425 $125
T6 Hurst, Pat
Dormann, Dana
69 60 129 $1,425
T10 Bonhurst, Joy
Grimes, Lisa
68 63 131 $750
T10 DePaulo, Lisa
Sheehan, Patty
72 59 131 $750 $125
T10 Johnston-Forbes, C.
Palli, Anne Marie
67 64 131 $750
T10 Bermingham, Jennifer
Heinmert, Rebecka
68 63 131 $750
T14 Bozarth, Marci
Cully, Jennifer
69 63 132 $450
T14 Finney, Allison
Drew, Heather
71 61 132 $450
16 Samp, Kristen
Atsedes, Lori
72 61 133

 

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Piper Award – goes to the most improved from day one to day two. Patty Marquis and Kim Estep. Improved 18 shots. Kelley Spooner on the left helped create the award.

 

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Carolyn Hill and Sally Austin (2nd Place Team Championship Winners)
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Liselotte Neumann and Jean Bartholomew (Team Championship Winners)

 

Place Golfer Name Rnd 1 Rnd 2 Total
T16 Jacobs, Mary
Walla, Kristin
70 63 133
T18 Tyler, Laura
Davis, Marlene
73 62 135
T18 Glasgow, Clara
Zimron, Jamie
71 64 135
T18 Jones, Marjorie
Hanley, Shannon
71 64 135
21 Ritchie, Mary
King, Debby
72 64 136
22 Palmer, Sandra
Salmon, Bobbi
73 64 137
T23 Ishiguro. Teresa
Spooner, Kelley
75 63 138
T23 Nevatt, Linda
Davis, Beverley
73 65 138
T25 Kirsch, Peggy
Edelen, Cathy
72 67 139
T25 Fischer, Jamie
Rule, Shelly
75 64 139
T25 Quinn, Christie
Greggain, Jennifer
74 65 139
28 Teno, Christa
Gustafson, Peggy
71 69 140
T29 Huntley, Lee
Bradwynne, Bari
75 66 141
T29 McCammon, Cherie
Bradley, Rebecca
76 65 141
T31 Zamboni, Teresa
Henderson, Nancy
78 64 142
T31 Moore, Mindy
Graham, Gail
75 67 142
T33 Kornegay, Stephanie
Anselment, Tiffany
76 67 143
T33 Lynd, Julie
Chamberlain, Marge
78 65 143
35 Tanaka, Jue
Hayes, Stephanie
79 65 144
36 Szekely, Erin
Eckes, Dixie
78 68 146
37 Lawrence, Mary
Beck, Troy
80 69 149
38 Kern, Jennifer
Coleman, Kimberly
81 72 153
39 Schram, Patty
Liu, Jenny
84 71 155
40 Estep, Kim
Marquis, Patty
88 70 158
41 Montano, Lynn
Nemecek, Shantel
85 74 159
42 Weaver, Jeanne
Henry, Patricia
90 76 166

Southeast Section “Of the Year Award” Winners

We would like to congratulate the following Southeast Section “Of the Year Award” Winners for 2015!

Teacher — Nancy Harvey

Professional — Mary-Lee Cobick

Coach — Kelley Hester

Junior Leader — Dona Lerner

We would also like to Congratulate all of the winners from each Section across the country! It is so wonderful to know we are an organization made up of so many talented women!
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