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Tennant, Stouffer and Cook advance at U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur

Two-time defending champion Lara Tennant, of Eugene, Ore., Shelly Stouffer of Nanoose Bay, B.C. and Rosie Cook of Bend, Ore. all won their Round of 64 matches at the 59th U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship, being held this week at The Lakewood Club in Point Clear, Ala.

Lara Tennant of Portland, Ore. reacts after closing out her match against Tina Barker on the 17th hole, 2 and 1, in the Round of 64. (Photo copyright Kathryn Riley/USGA)

Tennant, the No. 1 seed, won her match against No. 64 seed Tina Barker of Fairfield, Calif., 2 and 1.

Tennant won this championship in 2018 and 2019 (it was canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19), and is trying for three in a row. She was named the PNGA Senior Women’s Player of the Year in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

Stouffer, the No. 10 seed, defeated Maria Castillo of Spain, 2 and 1; and Cook, the No. 42 seed, won 1-up against Anna Morales of Peru.

Stouffer was exempted into this championship by winning the Canadian Senior Women’s Amateur last week. She won the 2012 PNGA Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship.

Rosie Cook of Bend, Ore. during her Round of 64 match against Anna Morales of Peru. (Photo copyright Kathryn Riley/USGA)

Cook is the reigning PNGA Senior Women’s Amateur champion.

All three players advance to the championship’s Round of 32, which will be held on Monday morning. The Round of 16 will be held on Monday afternoon.

The other Northwest player to make it to match play, Sandra Turbide of Maple Ridge, B.C., lost her Round of 64 match to Maggie Leef of Pewaukee, Wis., 3 and 2.

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