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Player of the Year Tennant takes second at R&A Women’s Senior Amateur

Lara Tennant of Portland, Ore. finished in second place at the R&A Women’s Senior Amateur, held this week at Royal Dornoch Golf Club in the Highlands of Scotland.

Lara Tennant came in second at the 2022 R&A Women’s Senior Amateur, just two shots behind the winner. She was trying for her second title in the championship, having previously won it in 2019. (Photo courtesy The R&A).

Playing against an international field, Tennant was never out of the top five on the leaderboard during the championship’s 72 holes of stroke play, and at various times in today’s final round was tied for the lead. She finished two shots behind champion Terrill Samuel of Canada. Samuel is the first Canadian to win this championship since 2007, when Alison Murdoch of British Columbia won the title. Murdoch was inducted into the Pacific Northwest Golf Hall of Fame in 2013.

In today’s final round, Tennant stumbled on the finishing holes on the windy links layout, with bogeys on holes 14 and 15, and a crippling double-bogey on the uphill par-4 16th.

Tennant had won this championship in 2019, and is the three-time defending champion of the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur.

Tennant has been named the PNGA Senior Women’s Player of the Year every year since 2017 (except for 2020, when no award was given due to the pandemic), and earlier this year Lara was inducted into the Pacific Northwest Golf Hall of Fame.