Chris Epperly considers herself "lucky to be alive" at all, let alone a survivor into the final of the Women's District Golf Association championship at Springfield Country Club. But here she is, about to play defending champion Sally Voss of Congressional this morning for the title.
Epperly, a new member of Army Navy (her husband is a Navy commander), was involved in an auto accident that totaled her car five weeks ago and brought her multiple contusions. She didn't start playing golf again until June 8.
Yesterday she turned back clubmate Betty Looney, a two-time champion of this tournament, 2 and 1.
Voss defeated qualifying medal-sharer Carol Davies of Washingtonian, 3 and 2.
Epperly reached the finals of the women's National Public Links Championship the last two years and was club champions at Fort Belvoir for the past four years until joining Army Navy.
On the 177-yard 13th in the WDGA semifinals, Epperly put a three-iron shot a foot from the pin for a birdie to go 2 up. Looney evened the match by winning the next two holes, before Epperly won the 16th and 17th to take the match.
Voss was 2 up on Davies after nine and won the par-5 No. 10 with a birdie, landing a four-iron stroke on the green on her second shot and two-putting. She went 4 up on the 11th with a par to Davies' bogey.
Davies won the 12th but Voss came back with a par to win the 13th. Davies hung tough to win the 14th after misdirecting her drive into trees and making a spectacular second shot.
But Voss halved the next two holes with pars and Davis was closed out. Voss was one over par for her 16 holes.