For the 119th time, the Women’s Golf Association of Philadelphia is preparing to crown its amateur champion. The WGAP’s match-play championship gets underway Monday, July 11th at the Union League Golf Club at Torresdale in Northeast Philadelphia.
A field of 38 will be on hand for 18 holes of medal play. Match play will begin the following day with 16 players seeded into the championship flight. The championship will conclude with a 36-hole final on Friday, July 15.
Susi Spotleson comes into the event as the defending champion after prevailing in last year’s championship at Aronimink. Spotleson is a resident of Canton, Ohio but plays out of RiverCrest Golf Club and Preserve; she travels to the Philadelphia area frequently on business.
“I’m kind of speechless, to be honest with you,” she said after last year’s win. “I’m happy my name is going to be etched on that trophy with a lot of legends.”
Among the players trying to dethrone Spotleson will be 11-time champion Ann Laughlin (Riverton) and eight-time winner Laura Hammond, who won eight championships between 1995 and 2010. She was also the last champion to win back-to-back titles in 2007-08. Hammond will have the distinction of playing in the championship will serving as the WGAP’s executive director.
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