Tuesday, July 03, 2001

Teen leads women's stroke play




The Cincinnati Enquirer and wire reports

        Mary Ann Plunkett, 17, from Hyde Park Country Club, shot 3-over-par 75 for the low round Monday of the two-day Greater Cincinnati Golf Association's fourth annual Women's Stroke Play Championship at O'Bannon Creek Golf Club.

        “I thought the course was tough,” Plunkett said, “but I was able to stay calm and execute shots. I was pleased with my score today.”

        Plunkett, an Enquirer All-Star selection at Highlands High and Fort Thomas resident, holds a two-stroke lead over Patty Kuehner, Kim Keyer-Scott and Sandy Garrison in the overall standings and three-stroke lead over Laura Schild in the second-flight competition. Plunkett is coming off a 12th-place finish in an AJGA junior girls Bluegrass Invitational event in Lexington.

        The Women's Stroke Play tournament was created for female golfers in the GCGA, and a field of 31 women with single-digit handicaps responded. There arefour flights pre-determined by handicap index.

        All competitors, however, are eligible to win the overall championship.

        Previous winners were Natalie Tucker (1998), Kerry Z. Davis (1999) and Darcy Isaac last year. Isaac has turned pro and was ineligible to defend her title.

        Heather Barton-Blevins turned in the shot of the day by acing the 123-yard seventh hole using a 7-iron.

        USGA JUNIOR SECTIONAL: Pat Patterson was medalist with a 3-over-par 145 for 36 holes Monday at Cincinnati Country Club. He was joined by Russell Helson and Peter Oakes, both at 148, as qualifiers to the U.S. Junior Amateur July 24-28 in San Antonio.

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