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Ferreira Wins Washington State Women's Amateur; Murdoch Takes Second Senior Women's Amateur
Jordan Ferreira of University Place shot an even-par 72 in Friday's final round to win the 21st Washington State Women's Amateur by four shots. Alison Murdoch of Victoria, B.C., came from behind to win the 15th Washington State Senior Women's Amateur, while Carol Dick of Lakewood, Wash., went wire-to-wire in winning the inaugural Washington State Super Senior Women's Amateur.
The three championships were conducted by the Washington State Golf Association and held concurrently at Port Ludlow Golf Club.
In the final round, Ferreira, who had started the day with a five-stroke lead, kept to her game plan on the tight, tree-lined fairways of Port Ludlow by using her driver only twice. "I wasn't playing conservative," she said in her post-round interview. "That's just what this course calls for. Fairways and greens, and make a putt once in a while."
The 19-year-old, who just finished her freshman year at Notre Dame, was the only player to finish under par for the championship, continuing her stellar play this summer. Last month Ferreira set a course record in qualifying for the U.S. Women's Open. She missed the cut at Pinehurst, and came directly to Port Ludlow from North Carolina. "It was a really hard golf course," she said of Pinehurst No. 2. "But, yes, it was a great experience."
Ferreira is a two-time WSGA Junior Girls' Player of the Year.
Finishing second, four shots behind Ferreira, was Alivia Brown of Gig Harbor. Brown was tied for the lead after the first round, but stumbled to a 4-over par 76 Thursday before rebounding with a 1-under par 71. She and Ferreira had the only two rounds of the championship under par. Brown and Ferreira were teammates on their high school golf team before Ferreira graduated last year. They remain friends, and were paired together in the last two rounds. In the fall, Brown will be playing on the women's golf team at Washington State.
Also in the final group was Christina Proteau of Port Alberni, B.C., who finished third, six shots behind Ferreira. Proteau is the two-time defending champion of the Canadian Women's Mid-Amateur and has been named the PNGA Women's Mid-Amateur Player of the Year the past two years.
This is the second Senior Women's Amateur title for Murdoch, having also won the title in 2010. Murdoch, a member of the Pacific Northwest Golf Hall of Fame, had a six-shot lead after the first round. But Denise Kieffer of University Place stormed past her after round two with a 1-over par 73. Starting the final round two shots behind Kieffer, Murdoch played a steady round 4-over par 76, while Kieffer stumbled to an 84.
Dick went wire-to-wire in winning the Super Senior Women's Amateur, finishing five shots ahead of Mary Ryan of Renton.
For complete final results, visit www.thewsga.org.