Meghan Stasi had the shot of the day Thursday in the 86th Ione D. Jones/Doherty Women’s Amateur Championship, holing her approach to the par-4 17th hole at Coral Ridge Country Club for an eagle and a dramatic change in momentum.
The 112-yard shot gave Stasi a 1-up lead in her Amateur division semifinal match against Noelle Maertz of Clark, New Jersey. When Maertz needed two chips to get on the 18th green in five, she conceded the hole and the match to Stasi, who was four feet from the cup in three.
“I knew it was going to be close,” said Stasi, 39, of Oakland Park, of her shot to the 17th green with a 50-degree wedge, which landed short of the cup and rolled in. “I knew I needed to hit it 100 yards.”
Stasi’s 2-up victory in cold, blustery conditions earned the 2012 Doherty winner a spot in Friday’s final against defending champion Alexa Pano. The 13-year-old from Lake Worth also won the 17th hole and halved the 18th for a 1-up victory over Lexi Harkins of Crystal Lake, Illinois.
Pano was three up after eight holes, but Harkins, who plays golf for the University of Wisconsin, birdied the ninth and 10th holes to get to one down. She evened the match with an up-and-down par at the short par-4 15th after Pano hit her driver 300 yards into the lake next to the green, took a drop, pitched on and missed her par putt.
They halved the par-3 16th with bogeys, then Pano won the 17th with a bogey when Harkins four-putted from 15 feet after reaching the green in two.
Lisa Schlesinger of Fort Myers gets to defend her Senior Championship division title after winning the 18th hole with a par to defeat Therese Quinn of Jacksonville, 1 up. She will meet Terrill Samuel of Toronto in a rematch of last year’s final. Samuel defeated Sylvie Van Molle of France, 1 up.
“I’m looking forward to it,” said Schlesinger, who defeated Samuel 2 and 1 last year. “She’s probably going to be looking for a little revenge.”
In the Senior First Flight semifinals, Tama Caldabaugh of Ponte Vedra Beach defeated Carolyn Creekmore of Dallas, 6 and 5, and Jewell Malick of Heath, Texas, defeated Natalie McNicholas of Naples, 1 up.
Karin-Joyce Tjon of Miami Beach defeated Debra Mielke of McKinney, Texas, 1 up, to win the Senior Third Flight championship and Liz Haines of Gladwyne, Pa., defeated Vilma Sapp of Weston on the 19th hole to win the Senior Second Flight title.