Veteran Nancy Hollenbeck birdied three holes on the front nine in defeating defending champion Brenda Seymour, 5 and 4, yesterday in the semifinals of the Women's District Golf Association Championships at Kenwood.
Hollenbeck, of Annandale, will play fellow Army Navy Country Club golfer Katherine Marren of Potomac at 9:40 a.m. today in a scheduled 18-hole final. Marren, 22, who played collegiate golf at North Carolina State, beat Cami Berher of Montgomery Village, 5 and 4, in her semifinal.
"This is the year for us older folks, like Jack Nicklaus, Willie Shoemaker and Ray Floyd," said Hollenbeck, 56, a former Virginia State women's champion.
"I put the pressure on her," Hollenbeck said. "I didn't try to outdrive her or do anything else. I played my game."
Seymour, 26, who lives in Chantilly and plays out of Hidden Creek, could not use her long hitting ability to advantage at the short Kenwood course. She dropped to four holes down on the eighth hole after Hollenbeck rolled in the last of her three birdies.
Seymour rebounded by winning the ninth hole with a birdie, but lost the 10th, 13th and 14th holes to finish up the match.
"I just mentally had no strength," said Seymour. "It's hard for me when I'm down to come back. I had the hooks going, the slice going, you name it. I beat myself today."