Cowan Edges Orley by 1 Shot, Wins Fourth NorCal Senior Women’s Am Title

Lynne Cowan of Rocklin just keeps on winning.

The 59-year-old Cowan, a member of the Northern California Golf Association Hall of Fame, captured the 44th annual California Senior Women’s Amateur Championship by one shot over Evelyn Orley of Cardiff by the Sea at Santa Maria Country Club.

Cowan, who also claimed the title in 2014, 2015 and 2018, played bogey-free on the back nine to card a score of 72-75-72—219, 3-over par, while Orley was second at 74-73-73–220, followed by 2020 champion Lara Tennant of Pebble Beach at 73-74-74—221, Karen Garcia of Cool at 74-73-77—224 and Shelly Haywood of Huntington Beach at 77-78-73—228.

“It was anyone’s game,” said Cowan, who also has won the California Women’s Amateur Championship four times and the Northern California Women’s Match Play Championship an incredible six times.

“State Ams are pretty cool. It’s nice to add another one to my resume. I really didn’t have many  mistakes throughout the tournament. I putted really well each day. That and, as I said, I didn’t really make many mistakes.”

Defending champion Kathy Kurata of Pasadena was sixth at 82-75-76—233, followed by Jamie Hofmann of Escondido, who totaled 76-77-84—237 to tie for seventh with Joy Robinson of Pebble Beach, who finished at 79-76-82—237, while seven-time California Seniors Women’s Open champion Marianne Towersey of Pebble Beach totaled 77-83-81—241 to tie for ninth with Akemi Nakata Khaiat of Los Angeles, who wound up at 78-82-81—241, and Michelle Lam of San Jose, who came in at 83-74-84—241.

NCGA Hall of Famer Towersey claimed the Super Senior Championship (ages 65-plus) with her score of 77-83-81—241, while Patricia Cornett of San Francisco was second at 81-81-83—245, followed by Sandra Woodruff of Santa Cruz at 81-81-88—250, and Pam Palmieri of Lincoln at 87-81-91—259.

The California Senior Women’s Amateur Championship started in 1979 and has been played at Old Del Monte Golf Course, Laguna Seca, Carmel Valley Ranch, Bayonet and Black Horse, Poppy Hills and Corral de Tierra Country Club.

Other winners of the tournament include Barbara Stephan five times, Mildred Stanley five times, Irene Gotta twice, Corey Weworski three times, Phyllis La Sorella twice, Tina Barker twice and Sandy Woodruff twice.

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