The battle for the 119th Philadelphia Women’s Amateur Championship will be a battle between the generations. Ashley Cassidy, age 21, will face off against 63-year old Ann Laughlin Friday morning at the stroke of eight in a scheduled 36-hole final at the Union League Golf Club at Torresdale.
Laughlin (Riverton), an 11-time winner of this event, prevailed 2 up over Madeline Sager (Spring Ford) in one semifinal on Thursday while Cassidy (Commonwealth National) dispatched Catherine Elliott 3 and 2 in the other.
“This is simply amazing,” Laughlin said. “At 63 you don’t expect (to reach the finals). Laughlin’s 11 championships came between 1974 and ’91. She won four straight titles on one occasion and three straight on another.
Cassidy, who will be playing in her first final, never trailed in her match against Elliott. The pair swapped birdies at the third and fourth before Cassidy birdied the fifth and stayed in front the rest of the way. She made to key par-saving putts at the ninth and 10th and has called the slick greens at Torresdale “The hardest I’ve ever putted on.”
The Donald Ross design at Torresdale dates back to 1921.
The Philadelphia Women’s Amateur is believed to be the nation’s oldest regional golf championship for women. It was first played in 1897.