Two Teams Tie for Top Spot in Net Division at National Car Rental Spring Pro-Lady Team Championship
Allentown, Pa. – On Tuesday, May 16 Lehigh Country Club hosted the first Philadelphia PGA National Rental Car Pro-Lady Team Championship of the 2017 season. Teams consisted of one PGA Professional with three female amateur partners with the classic William Flynn-designed golf course providing a spectacular backdrop for the day’s action to unfold.
After the morning wave, host professional Wayne Phillips (Lehigh Country Club) and his partners Deb Benavage, Linda Meeneghan, Amy Scalici were atop the leaderboard with a score of 13-under (57). The team managed to offset a single bogey with three net eagles on holes 4, 10, and 18, as well as, eight net birdies.
However, in the afternoon, Team Phillips was quickly joined at the top of the leaderboard by another Lehigh Country Club team featuring PGA Professional Steve Frederick and his partners Mo Bryan, Deb Hawk, and Linda Epstein. As a team, they posted eleven birdies and one eagle to reach 13-under (57). Although 13-under is an impressive score before days end there would be new leaders in the clubhouse.
The first team to position themselves as the new leaders was the third team from host facility Leigh Country Club featuring PGA Assistant Professional Ryan Jones and his partners Cathy Wright, Terry Khory, and Jackie Beck. The team sprinkled 14 net birdies and one net eagle on the par 4 no. 14 on their card on their way to a 14-under (56) and a 1-shot lead. Shortly after Jones’ team posted their score, Tom Koenig (Penn Oaks Golf Club) and his partners Donna Dalusio, Tina Landis, and Dawn Capriotti matched the 14-under (56) number to tie for the lead. Their round also included 14 net birdies and a net eagle. After all the scores were tallied 14-under-par would hold on to the lead and Jones and Koenig’s teams would be declared co-champions.
In the tournament’s gross division, the team from Overbrook Golf Club featuring PGA Professional Ashley Grier and her partners Olivia Traynor, Karen McFadden, and Sue Burt carded a 5-under (65) to take the top spot. As a team, they carded six birdies to just one bogey on their way to a 1-shot victory over the second Overbrook Golf Club team featuring PGA Professional Eric Kennedy and his partners Mary Beth Schell, Joann Fisher, and Kate Loftus.
Special congratulations to Janet Coady from Aronimink Golf Club for carding a hole-in-one on the tough par3 no. 7. Coady hit a four hybrid from 133 yards to carry the water protecting the front of the green and accomplish her amazing feat. The ace was Coady’s second of her career.
The Section would like to thank our sponsors National Rental Car, Golf Life Navigators, Syn Lawn as well as Leigh Country Club’s members and staff for their support of today’s tournament.