Andonian-Smith holds off 2-time champ Braga to win Colorado PGA Women’s Championship
By Gary Baines – 06/20/2019
Sherry Andonian-Smith of Valley Country Club in Centennial, the 2018 Colorado PGA Women’s Player of the Year, fended off two-time champion Alexandra Braga of Denver Country Club on Thursday to win the fourth annual Colorado PGA Women’s Championship, held at Glenmoor Country Club in Cherry Hills Village.
The 56-year-old Andonian-Smith (pictured) and 35-year-old Braga matched 3-under-par 34 totals over the final nine holes. But despite Braga making birdies on 17 and 18, Andonian-Smith prevailed by one stroke.
Andonian Smith, who has qualified for the first two U.S. Senior Women’s Opens and was a runner-up in the Colorado PGA Professional Championship last year, went 71-73 for an even-par 144 total at Glenmoor. She finished the final round with three birdies and four bogeys.
Braga, the 2016 and ’17 champion, closed with a 71 after a five-birdie, four-bogey day.
Also in contention down the stretch was Stefanie Ferguson of CommonGround Golf Course, who shot a second-round 72 and finished two behind Andonian-Smith. Ferguson also had a strong back nine on Thurday with a 2-under 35.
The Colorado PGA Women’s Championship is open to all female PGA and LPGA members and associates in good standing who reside or work within the Colorado PGA Section boundaries.
COLORADO PGA WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP
June 19-20, 2019 (final) at Par-72 Glenmoor CC in Cherry HIlls Village
Scores After Round 1
Sherry Andonian-Smith 71-73–144
Alexandra Braga 74-71–145
Stefanie Ferguson 74-72–146
Kelli McKandless 77-74–151
Tara Morris 73-85–158
Lauren Howe 81-78–159
Debbie Zamprelli 80-81–161
Holly Champion 82-82–164
Rachel Cavalier 81-88–169
Alicia Bakken 90-97–187
For all the scores from the CPGA Women’s Championship, CLICK HERE.