2017 City Women’s Championship
|City Womens Championship|
Bing Maloney Golf Course June 24,25
The Sacramento Golf Council proudly announces the results of the 81 st Annual Sacramento City Women’s Golf Championship. The Council wishes to thank each and every player that participated in the event as well as all the staff and volunteers from the Council and from Morton Golf at Bing Maloney that helped make this another wonderful golf tournament. 42 ladies started the weekend with 27 in the Championship Flight, playing at gross, and 15 women in the President’s and Director’s Flight, playing at net. The Championship Flight played from the gold tees at about 5870 yards and the handicap flights played from the red tees at about 5250 yards.
Sean Wong, tournament director, would like to especially thank all the spectators and players for their support, and special thanks to all the out of area players for making the long trip to Sacramento. Special thanks also to tournament committee Mike Fleming, Janice Luis, Ross Martin, Riley Wong and Gwen Seefeldt for their hard work, and to Alex Miller, the tournament director at Bing Maloney. Kudos to Mike, Gwen and Janice for pretty much helping all day each day.
As has been the case for the last several years, the quality of the field has been very strong, with 20+ players under a 3.0 index, as well as diverse, with top high school players, college players and some post-graduate players, including 2015 US Senior Women’s Amateur Champion, Karen Garcia The field included top golfers from the University of Texas, Oregon State, UC Davis, Cal State University of Northridge, Cal State University of Bakersfield, University of Nevada Reno, Santa Clara, University of Northern Arizona, Grand Canyon University, Menlo College, Holy Names University, Sierra College, Cal State University of Chico and Cal State University of Sacramento.
Most impressive was Grace Smith, only 11, who held her own with much more experienced and tournament tough golfers, with a 78 on Saturday and 76 on Sunday. Monique Peterson, also not old enough to drive, played spectacular, carding her first under par round on Sunday to place in a tie for second overall at 145, one under par.
The course conditions were excellent, and except for an unfortunate water leak in front of Hole 10 and the endless ground squirrel holes, the players had very good comments on the course, especially the greens. We caught a nice break from the heat wave on both days with Sunday barely reaching 90 with a stiff breeze throughout the day. On the first day, Emilee Hoffman, coming off a very successful Freshman year at Texas, carded 8 birdies on holes 2, 4, 7, 9, 10, 12, 14 and 17 finishing with a 5 under par round of 68 and taking a five shot lead over a threesome at even par 73, UC Davis Aggie, Rei Nakatani, OSU Beaver, Nicole Schroeder, and Arielle Swan-Smith, herself a former college player.
On the second day, Emilee continued her superior play making four birdies to go with only one bogy at Hole 15, sealing the deal with a up and down from behind the green at 18 for a 3 under par 70. While Emilee did not let anyone come close to her lead, the battle was for second place as several players played well down the stretch. Beah Cruz, a recent graduate and State Finalist her senior year at Christian Brothers H.S., shot an even par 73, Nicole Schoeder shot a one under 72 and Alice Duan and Monique Peterson posted 2 under 71s the second best rounds of the day. In the end, the weekend was a total family affair as grandma, Jan Hoffman, won the Director’s Flight earlier in the day, and Emilee shot the lowest round each day to capture the $300 Morton Golf merchandise award and become the 82nd Annual Sacramento City Women’s Champion with her dad, Jeff Hoffman, on her bag.
2017 NET CHAMPIONS
Before Emilee’s near flawless performance in the afternoon, the Council also crowned new champions in the handicap divisions earlier in the day. In the President’s Flight, ladies with handicaps ranging from 8 to 18, Julie Quinn of Sacramento played very well both days with a 68-65-133 to squeak out a one stroke victory over Newcastle to Kuai transplant, Kris Handsaker, to win the $125 Morton Golf award certificate. In the Director’s Flight, ladies with handicaps from above 18, Jan Hoffman of Folsom beat Diane Peebles of Roseville by 6 shots to win a $100 Morton Golf award card. Below are the final tournament results in each flight.