Federal Way, Wash. – Shelly Stouffer of Nanoose Bay, B.C. and Karen Madison of Spokane Valley, Wash. won respective titles this week at the 36th PNGA Senior Women’s and 11th Super Senior Women’s Amateur Championships; while Tina Papatolis of Issaquah, Wash. won the 21st PNGA Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship.
The three championships were held concurrently this week, September 19-21 at Twin Lakes Golf & Country Club in Federal Way, Wash.
Senior & Super Senior:
Shelly Stouffer successfully defended her title in the Senior Women’s Amateur with a commanding 10-shot victory over the second-place finisher, Tomoko Ratzlaff of Sammamish, Washington. Stouffer posted consistent rounds of 74-74-73 to secure the victory, and she was the only player in the field to card three sub-75 rounds.
Stouffer is the reigning PNGA Senior Women’s Player of the Year, and this victory marks her second PNGA title. Last year, she won the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship.
In the Super Senior Women’s Amateur, Karen Madison won the championship by a single shot over the defending champion, Marcia Fisher of Molalla, Oregon. Madison entered the day one shot off the lead and was paired in the final group. She fired a final-round 83 to card her third consecutive round under 85, clinching the victory. Madison displayed remarkable consistency throughout the week, shooting under 85 in all three rounds, making her the only competitor in the field to achieve this feat.
This marks the second time that Madison has won the Super Senior Women’s Amateur, previously claiming victory in 2015.
In the Women’s Mid-Amateur, Papatolis secured victory by one shot over Audrey Dalton of Milwaukie, Ore. Papatolis entered today’s final round one shot ahead of Dalton but faced an early deficit after carding an 11 on the opening hole. However, Papatolis fought her way back, going even par over her final nine holes, highlighted by a 2-under finish in the final four holes, clinching a tightly contested victory over Dalton.
This marks Papatolis’s first PNGA title. She previously competed in the 2019 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur and won the 2019 Washington Women’s Mid-Amateur.
The PNGA Senior, Super Senior and Women’s Mid-Amateur Championships are three of 11 major, regional amateur championships for men, women, juniors, and seniors conducted annually by the PNGA throughout the Northwest.
Entries for Senior and Super Senior championships are open to female amateur golfers who are members of a PNGA Member Association with an up-to-date USGA Handicap Index or Golf Canada Handicap Factor not exceeding 12.4. Players in the Senior Championship must have been fifty or older, while players in the Super Senior Championship must have been sixty-five or older.
Entries for the Women’s Mid-Amateur are open to female are open to female amateur golfers who are 25 or older and are members of a PNGA Member Association with an up-to-date USGA Handicap Index or Golf Canada Handicap Factor not exceeding 12.4.
About Twin Lakes Golf & Country Club
Twin Lakes got its start in the late 1960’s as an integral part of a planned community. The front nine opened in 1967 and the course was completed two years later with the opening of the back nine. The golf course is well known and recognized for its challenging blend of holes, sweeping sound views, and superb greens. For more information, visit twinlakesgolf.net.