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Defending champs Lyle/Young grab first-round lead at CGA Women’s Dunham Chapman Championship

By Gary Baines – 09/07/2019

Louise Lyle and Sandra Young of Eisenhower Golf Club are attempting to become just the second team to win back-to-back titles at the CGA Women’s Dunham Chapman Championship.

And it’s so far, so good in that quest.

Lyle and Young, who won last year’s tournament at the River Course at Keystone, picked up where they left off on Saturday, grabbing the lead at the halfway point of this year’s Dunham Chapman at Gypsum Creek Golf Course (pictured) in Gypsum.

If they prevail on Sunday, Lyle and Young would become the first team to win two straight titles in this event since D’Ann Kimbrel and Stacey Arnold earned three consecutive championships from 2008 through ’10.

Lyle and Young teamed up to shoot a 2-over-par 74 on Saturday, which is good for a one-stroke advantage over Kathy Malpass of Hiwan Golf Club and Katherine Moore of The Club at Cordillera. Colorado Golf Hall of Fame Christie Austin of Cherry Hills Country Club and Meg Christensen of Cordillera sit in third at 78. Austin has won the Dunham Chapman title twice, both times with Laurie Steenrod.

In the Dunham Chapman, each golfer hits a tee shot, then plays her partner’s ball for the second shot. After that, a scoring ball is chosen, and that ball is played alternately into the hole. 

On Saturday, Lyle and Young chalked up two birdies — both on par-3s — and four bogeys. Malpass and Moore played their last three holes in 2 under par after being 5 over through 15.

The Dunham Chapman was renamed prior to the 2017 championship as a tribute to Jo Ann Dunham, a longtime CWGA volunteer whose brainchild was the Chapman, which was first contested in 2007. Dunham passed away on Sept. 28, 2016, just shy of her 77th birthday.

This year’s Dunham Chapman features seven flights — championship and first through sixth — and gross and net competitions in each. For all the scores, CLICK HERE.