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Weinstein set to defend title in 105th CGA Women’s Match Play; handful of former champs entered in Senior Match Play field

By Gary Baines – 7/9/2020

About three weeks after the CGA crowned its first open-age women’s major champion for 2020, it will identify its last of the year.

The CGA Women’s Match Play — the oldest CGA women’s championship, having first been held in 1916 — will be hosted Monday through Thursday at Saddleback Golf Club in Firestone. Also at the same course, the CGA Women’s Senior Match Play will be contested.

University of Denver golfer Mary Weinstein will defend her Match Play title and will try to advance to the scheduled 36-hole final for the third consecutive year.

Also among those in the Match Play field are 17-year-old Aubri Braecklein of Northglenn, who will try to match Weinstein’s 2019 feat by sweeping the Stroke Play and Match Play titles in 2020; Charlotte Hillary of Cherry Hills Country Club, who this week won the girls title at the Colorado Junior Amateur; University of Colorado golfers Kirsty Hodgkins and Kelsey Webster; 2019 Match Play runner-up Erin Sargent of Twin Peaks Golf Course; and 2020 CGA Mid-Amateur Stroke Play champion Erin Houtsma of Colorado National Golf Club, a past winner of the Colorado Women’s Open.

In the Senior Match Play are defending champion Kristine Franklin of The Ranch Country Club, winner of the last three CGA senior women’s majors; four-time champion and Colorado Golf Hall of Famer Kim Eaton; 2014 winner Deb Hughes of Green Valley Ranch Golf Club; 2006 and ’09 champion Kathy Malpass of Hiwan Golf Club; and Colorado Golf Hall of Famers Janet Moore and Christie Austin of Cherry Hills, the latter of whom claimed the 2007 title. Part-time Gunnison resident Marilyn Hardy, another highly-accomplished senior and mid-am player, is also entered.

Monday will be a stroke-play round to determine who makes the 16-person Match Play and the eight-player Senior Match Play brackets, along with seedings. Those who don’t qualify for those brackets will compete in flighted handicap divisions.

Tuesday will be the first day of match play, with the open-age golfers playing two rounds of matches and the seniors one. 

The scheduled 36-hole final for the Match Play and the 18-hole title match for the Senior Match Play will be held on Thursday.

For Monday’s tee times, CLICK HERE.