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Wimberly wins fourth Tennessee Women’s Senior Amateur; Lawley captures Mid-Am

Joe Avento • Sep 25, 2019 at 9:07 PM

JOHNSON CITY — Lynda Wimberly’s tee shots weren’t leaving her in great spots Wednesday at Johnson City Country Club, but by the end of the day she was right where she wanted to be — at the top of the leaderboard.

Wimberly captured her fourth Tennessee Women’s Senior Amateur Championship, shooting a one-under-par 71 in the final round to win by five strokes. She finished at two-over-par 146.

“I was just quick and I wasn’t hitting my tee shots too well, but I’m used to hitting from behind trees,” Wimberly said. “It doesn’t bother me. In fact, I think it keeps me a little more engaged, to think ‘What kind of shot do I need to hit? What do I need to do? How far do I need to land it? That sort of stuff.”

Jesse Lawley, the women’s golf coach at Lipscomb University, won the Tennessee Mid-Am Championship, being held at the same time. The Mid-Am, for players over age 25, was in its third year and Lawley held off a small field that included the first two champions of the event.

Wimberly, from Brentwood, saved her best tee shot for the final hole. With the big lead, she let it rip and split the fairway just below the green. A marginal approach left her a lengthy putt up a hill to the second tier. She calmly two-putted to win a tournament she also won in 2014, 2016 and 2017.

Terri McAngus, who closed with a 74, finished second at 151. First-round leader Rhonda Switzer-Nadasdi and Jean Kraft finished tied for third, six shots back.

Eight-time champion Maggie Scott was fifth.

Switzer-Nadasdi began the day with a one-shot lead and Wimberly flipped the competition on the first hole when she made birdie — off of a poor tee shot, of course — while Switzer-Nadasdi bogeyed.

“Making birdie on the first hole helps a lot,” Wimberly said.

Meanwhile, Lawley will be bringing some silverware with her back to Nashville and she definitely plans on showing off the trophy to her team, which won its last outing, a tournament at Morehead State.

“Oh yeah, they’ll see it,” she said. “I’m more proud of them than I am of me. I told them I’d bring one back this week. It is fun to win. Maybe this will motivate them.”

Lawley began the day with a four-shot lead and she doubled that by the time the final round had ended. A closing even-par 72 left her at two-over-par 146 for 36 holes and she held off defending champion Andrea Cropper, who shot 76 to finish 10 over.

Lawley made the turn at three under par and the trophy was in her hands as long as she didn’t do anything to give it away.

“I didn’t play a great back nine, but I played well on the front,” she said. “I putted really well today.”

Lawley’s victory came a day after her birthday.

“I guess I gave myself a decent gift, didn’t I?” she said.

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Final scores


At Johnson City Country Club

Par 72

Championship Flight

Lynda Wimberly 75-71—146

Terri McAngus 77-74—151

Rhonda Switzer-Nadasdi 74-78—152

Jean Kraft 76-76—152

Maggie Scott 77-82—159

Lynn McGee 77-85—162

Darlene Werhnyak 80-83—163

Gena Ridings 78-88—166

Judy Rich 77-90—167

First Flight

Karen Williams 82-78—160

Diane Edmondson 84-78—162

Denise Pridemore 81-82—163

Cricket McKamey 81-84—165

Lynna Rader 85-81—166

Nancy Harper 81-87—168

Suzanne Rhodes 82-86—168

Julie Carlton 81-89—170

Amy Haag-Newbilll 82-88—170

Linda Mullins 83-88—171

Mary Kelly 81-92—173

Frances Hopp 85-88—173

Patricia Fox 82-92—174

Second Flight

Terri Korom 87-85—172

Chris Kencitzski 86-87—173

Joni Kies 89-84—173

Carol Hornstra 86-88—174

Debra Fanning 87-88—175

Rebecca Leeper 87-90—177

Mary Orourke 90-87—177

Ann McKinney 91-88—179

Linda Winn 89-92—181

Hannah Paramore 92-89—181

Gail Smith 91-93—184

Patty Manney 91-97—188

Joanne Walker 91-98—189

Third Flight

Carol Gouty 93-87—180

Cathy Wedekind 94—91—185

Patricia Welch 95-94—188

Karen Rogers 95-93—188

Malisa Rader 95-96—191

Peggy Bentley 93-99—192

Barbara Shemwell 94-98—192

Dottie Dube 94-99—193

Vickie Smith 96-98—194

Fourth Flight

Mitzi Price 101-93—194

Teresa Treadway 98-100—198

Carol Medley 102-97—199

Wendy Smith 100-101—201

Denise Hughes 106-99—205

Debbie Locke 104-105—209

Terry Key 100-110—210

Vickie McPeters 109-103—212

SaDonna Price 114-100—214

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Tennessee Women’s Mid-Amateur

Final scores


At Johnson City Country Club

Par 72

Jesse Lawley 74-72—146

Andrea Cropper 78-76—154

Kim Klein 81-82—163

Ryan Kopet 82-82—164

Teleri Hughes 81-84—165

Christina Tucker 86-89—175

Michelle Dodson 85-92—177

Dena Bower 102-103—205

Shelby Sain WD