Shawn McCullough of Woodlawn continued her smooth strokes to defeat Sharon Briggs of Montgomery Village, 5 and 4, at Norbeck Country Club yesterday to retain her title in the championship flight of the Women's District Golf Association tournament.
After a week in which inclement weather postponed play twice, conditions finally were good.
"I felt pretty comfortable," said McCullough, who also won the Woodlawn Lady's Cup this year. "Being ahead helps to make you happy. I think that if I was behind I wouldn't have been as low-key."
McCullough entered the back nine 3-up. Briggs had opportunites, but after she bogeyed the 11th hole and McCullough curled in a short putt for par, Briggs seemed to unfold, trailing now by four strokes.
"I pressed a little harder than I should have and that throws you off," said Briggs. "My putting wasn't there all day. Shawn gave me a couple opportunities to jump back into it if I could have made some putts, and I didn't. She had her game all together and I was struggling with my game."
In the first flight finals, Wendy Stewart (Belle Haven) dispatched Diana Saine (Springfield), 6 and 4. Kim Overmiller (Norbeck) won in a sudden-death playoff over Nancy Graves (Army Navy) in the second flight and Vida Olinick (Kenwood) won, 1-up, over Marie Vargo (Norbeck) in the third flight.
Lori Ledbetter (Lakewood), who advanced to the fourth flight championship by winning on the 19th hole in the semifinals, edged Marlene Frazier (Montgomery), 5 and 4.
Virginia State Seniors: Moss Beecroft of Newport News, 2-down at the halfway point, rallied on the second nine of the Homestead's Cascades Course in Hot Springs to defeat Arman Fletcher of Roanoke, 2-up, for his third championship.
Beecroft took his first lead at 15 when he came from the right rough to chip within one foot of the pin as Fletcher three-putted from 60 feet.
Fletcher dropped a three-foot birdie on 17, but on the 18th he hit into the water off the tee and elected to hit a second ball. Beecroft's tee shot landed 15 feet from the flag, and when Fletcher's third shot went into the sand, he conceded Beecroft's third birdie.
U.S. Women's Amateur: Pat Hurst of San Jose State, last year's NCAA champion, rallied from three holes down after the morning 18, caught longshot Stephanie Davis in the afternoon and then captured the title with a conceded par on the first extra hole in Summit, N.J.
The victory by Hurst ended a surprisingly strong run by Davis, of Stanford University and Bainbridge Island, Wash.
On the first extra hole, the par-4, 342-yard first on the North Course of the Canoe Brook Country Club, both players drove into the right fairway. Hurst, 21, of San Leandro, Calif., hit a 5-iron to within eight feet.
Davis pushed her second shot and it hit a spectator in the forearm and fell into the rough. Davis, hitting from well below the level of the ball, chipped to 18 feet and missed the putt. After Hurst eased her birdie attempt to within less than a foot, Davis conceded.