WHEATON, Illinois — Cheryl Fox, who resides in Tiffin and is the director of golf at the Fostoria Country Club, will be teeing it up today with some of the most recognized and renowned women’s golfers in history when the first-ever U.S. Senior Women’s Open gets under way at the Chicago Golf Club in Wheaton, Illinois.
A 1984 graduate of Tiffin Columbian High School, Fox competed on the Symetra Tour for a time and has had a string of successes over the years. She won the Ohio Women’s Open in 2006, and this year was the Senior Division champion in that event after posting a 75-74–159 score at the Eagle Rock Golf Club in Defiance.
Fox landed one of the 120 spots in the U.S. Senior Women’s Open when she posted a score of 73 in a June qualifier at the Scioto Country Club in Columbus.
Fox will tee off at 1:16 p.m. today in a threesome that includes Dana Bates, a former LPGA player out of Tacoma, Washington, and Alliance amateur Tina Barker. Golfers will play 18-hole rounds today and Thursday. The low 50 scores, plus ties, will advance to the final two rounds Saturday and Sunday.
The USGA has conducted the United States Women’s Open Golf Championship every year since 1946. It was first announced this past February that a U.S. Senior (50 and over) Women’s Open would be started this year and many of the LPGA’s greatest players will be in the field, including Amy Alcott, Pat Bradley, Laura Davies, Juli Inkster, Betsy King, Sandra Palmer, Patty Sheehan, Hollis Stacy and Jan Stephenson.
The USGA has already announced that next year’s U.S. Senior Women’s Open will be held at Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club, a facility owned and developed by Peg Kirk Bell, a Findlay native and a pioneering force in the formation of the LPGA.
Foltz, Wehrle slip in standings
POWELL — The back nine of the Wedgewood Golf and Country Club proved costly to both Hunter Foltz and Brandon Wehrle as the former Van Buren teammates found themselves well down in the standings after Wednesday’s second round of the 2018 Ohio Amateur Championship.
Foltz followed Tuesday’s opening round 74 with a 77 on Wednesday and was tied for 87th place at 151. Wehrle went 80-78–158 and was tied for 126th.
Foltz birdied the 375-yard, par-4, 12th hole both days, but was a combined 6-over on Nos. 16, 17 and 18. Wehrle was 11 over on the back nine in the first two rounds.
The 144-man field that started the tournament will be cut to the low 60, plus ties, for today’s third round. The low 40, plus ties, will advance to Friday’s final round.
Brandon Hoelzer, the Three Rivers Athletic Conference Player of the Year in 2011, his senior year at Fremont Ross, carded a second straight 68 on Wednesday and was the early leader in the clubhouse at 136. Most of Tuesday’s leaders, though, were still on the course due to afternoon tee times.
FAGA Golf: Baker fires a 72
For the third straight tournament, the best score of the day came from the 14-15 age group when Hunter Baker’s round of 72 won that division of the Findlay Area Golf Association tournament held at the Fostoria Country Club on Wednesday.
It marked the second time in the last three stroke-play tournaments that Baker posted the low score of the day. Luke Sunderman won the boys 16-18 competition with a round of 78, Carson Foltz won the 12-13 division with an 86 and Sam Swisher’s 45 topped the 10-11 nine-hole tourney.
In the girls competition, Olivia Sexton won the 14-18 title with an 80, and Jenna Brown (68) topped the 10-13 group.
Findlay Area Golf Association
At FOSTORIA COUNTRY CLUB
BOYS 16-18 — 1, Luke Sunderman 78. 2, Quentin Weddell 83. 3, Andrew Kuenzli 88.
BOYS 14-15 — 1, Hunter Baker 72. 2, Justin Hartman 86. 3, Sam Crawford 94.
BOYS 12-13 — 1, Carson Foltz 86. 2, Weston Heitkamp 98. 3, Matt Pinski 101.
BOYS 10-11 — 1, Sam Swisher 45. 2, Ryan Montgomery 48. 3, Isaac Dyer 49.
GIRLS 14-18 — 1, Olivia Sexton 80. x-2, Taylor Adams 88. 3, Jordan Bucher 88.
GIRLS 10-13 — 1, Jenna Brown 68. 2, Lindsay Clarke 76.