On to the Knockout Phase

Colorado Golf Hall of Famer Kim Eaton makes match play for 12th time in U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur; part-time Coloradan Marilyn Hardy also advances

By Gary Baines – 9/11/2021

Colorado Golf Hall of Famer Kim Eaton kept her streak intact on Saturday, advancing to match play at the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur for the 12th consecutive time.

Eaton, who has made the quarterfinals four times at the event, tied for 24th place out of 132 players in the two-day stroke-play portion of the Senior Women’s Am in Point Clear, Ala., near Mobile. 

Eaton shot her second consecutive 78, giving her a 12-over-par 156 total and leaving her 13 strokes behind co-medalists Lara Tennant of Portland, Ore. (the two-time defending champ), and Gigi Higgins of Cape Coral, Fla. On Saturday, Eaton carded a birdie, five bogeys and one double bogey.

Also advancing to match play on Saturday was part-time Gunnison-area resident Marilyn Hardy, who tied for 32nd place at 157. Hardy, another regular in match play at the event, once made the quarterfinals in this championship. On Saturday, she backed up her first-round 76 with an 81. In round 2, she made three birdies, seven birdies, a double bogey and a triple bogey.

Also advancing on Saturday was 2021 CGA Women’s Senior Match Play champion Sue Wooster of Australia, runner-up in the 2018 and ’19 national championship. Wooster went 76-77 in placing 15th in stroke play, making two birdies and seven birdies on day 2.

The first round of match play will be held on Sunday. 

How all the players with strong Colorado ties are faring in the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur:

Advancing to Match Play

24. Colorado Golf Hall of Famer Kim Eaton 78-78–156

32. Part-time Gunnison-area resident Marilyn Hardy 76-81–157

Failed to Advance to Match Play

129. Louise Lyle of Colorado Springs 93-87–180

For all the scores from the championship, CLICK HERE.