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Tennant and Frohnmayer advance to Round of 32 at U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur

Five players from the Northwest advanced through to the Round of 64 match play at the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship, taking place this week, October 6-11 at Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club in Vero Beach, Fla.

USGA flags fly above the practice area as competitors prepare for the second round of stroke play at the 2018 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur at Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club in Vero Beach, Fla. on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. (Copyright USGA/Fred Vuich)

Advanced to Round of 64:

  • No. 10 seed – Lara Tennant of Portland, Ore.
  • No. 29 seed – Jackie Little of Procter, B.C.
  • No. 35 seed – Terri Frohnmayer of Salem, Ore.
  • No. 52 seed – Alison Murdoch of Victoria, B.C.
  • No. 63 seed – Ginny Burkey of Eugene, Ore.

After the completion of Monday’s first round matches, Lara Tennant and Terri Frohnmayer successfully advanced to Tuesday’s Round of 32.

The complete field of 132 competitors featured nine golfers with ties to the Northwest, including four who did not advance to match play: Denise Kieffer (University Place, Wash.), Susan Craven (Snohomish, Wash.), Carrie Jacobson (Bellevue, Wash.) and Karen Madison (East Wenatchee, Wash.)

Click here for complete coverage of the 2018 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship.

Tennant defeated No. 55 seed Susan Marchese of Omaha, Neb. After dropping her first hole, Tennant won the next three and never looked back holding the lead all the way through to a 3 and 1 win.

In a tightly contested match, Frohnmayer defeated No. 30 seed Annette Gaiotti of Park City, Utah after taking her first lead of the day on the 14th hole and matching her opponent over the final four holes to secure a 1 up victory.

Lara Tennant
Lara Tennant

Lara Tennant, 51, of Portland, Ore., was a co-medalist in the 2017 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur. Tennant, who played college golf at the University of Arizona, played in the 2000 U.S. Women’s Amateur and the 2017 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur on her home course, Waverley Country Club. Her husband, Bob, grew up in a house on the 12th hole at Waverley, and her father, George Mack Sr., learned how to play at the course. She captured two Oregon Golf Association championships in 2017: the Oregon Senior Women’s Amateur and Oregon Women’s Mid-Amateur, which she also won in 2003 and 2008. Last year she was named the 2017 PNGA Senior Women’s Player of the Year.

Terri Frohnmayer, 62, of Salem, Ore., won the 1976 Pacific Northwest Golf Association Women’s Amateur Championship. A Rollins College Sports Hall of Fame member, she played golf through college, but stopped playing golf to pursue a business career. Approximately 24 years later in 2002, she decided to play again at the urging of her mother and husband. In 2010, she won the PNGA Senior Women’s Championship and followed that by winning the 2011 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur. Named the Oregon Golf Association Player of the Year and PNGA Senior Women’s Player of the Year in 2011, she works in commercial real estate at First Commercial Real Estate Services, LLC in Salem.