July 19-21, 2020
SARA IM WINS 91ST GEORGIA WOMEN'S AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP
SAVANNAH, Ga. - It was a thrilling end to the Georgia Women's Amateur Championship on Tuesday with Sara Im of
Duluth taking home the trophy following a seven-hole playoff.
Im (74-72-73) fell back early in the round with two bogeys through the first five holes, but played steady throughout the rest
of the day and led by one stroke going into the par-4 18th over Thienna Huynh of Lilburn (76-68-75) and Mary Miller of Savannah (69-75-76). Im would go on to make par, but Huynh came up clutch rolling in her birdie putt to force a three-hole aggregate playoff.
Starting on the par-3 16th, Im would take the early advantage over Huynh with a par, but a bogey
on the par-4 17th had the duo tied going into the final hole. Both players would par the 18th hole forcing a sudden death
playoff to determine the winner.
Pars were matched on the next two playoff holes before Im knocked in her birdie attempt on the
par-3 3rd hole on the Oakridge Course. Huynh would answer right back with a birdie of her own to extend the playoff to a seventh hole.
That is where it would end as Im converted another birdie attempt to capture the trophy and become the 91st Georgia Women's Amateur Champion. Miller, Tori Owens of Chatsworth (72-75-74) and Aleks Golde of Atlanta (74-77-72) rounded out the top five.
In the Tournament Division, Terri Breyman of Savannah (77-80-82) took home the top spot by nine strokes over Karen Sellick of Savannah (82-83-83). Jodie Shepard of Newnan (81-85-84), Sally Sprengel of Savannah (84-85-85) and Karen Stewart of Columbus (85-86-83) rounded out the top five. Breyman also captured the First Flight in the Tournament Division, while Stewart and Kim Smaha of Macon (82-92-83) won the Second and Third Flights respectively.
Format and Schedule
The Georgia Women's Amateur Championship format is 54 holes of individual stroke play.
Entries are open to female amateur golfers who belong to a GSGA Member Club and are residents of Georgia.
The Georgia Women's Amateur Championship began in 1930 as a match play championship with Mrs. W.D. Doak winning the first trophy. Ten Georgia Golf Hall of Famers have captured the championship: Laura Coble, Mary Lena Faulk, Dot Kirby, Martha Kirouac, Ceil MacLaurin, Janet Olp, Hollis Stacy, Eileen Stulb, Louise Suggs and Billie Wickliffe. Stacy and Suggs are both members of the World Golf Hall of Fame as well. MacLaurin holds the crown for the most victories in championship history with eight (1952, 1964-1965, 1970, 1972-1975), while Coble (1999, 2003-2005, 2007, 2012) and Olp (1981, 1983-1985, 1987, 1997) have each won six times. Coosa Country Club in Rome is set to host the 92nd playing of the championship on June 28-30, 2021.