Gebauer Romps to a Nine-Shot Victory Over Moridaira in WGANC Stroke Play

Lauren Gebauer of Orinda coasted to a nine-stroke victory over Itsuko Moridaira of Green Valley in the Women’s Golf Association of Northern California Stroke Play Championship at Contra Costa Country Club in Pleasant Hill.

Gebauer, who played college golf at Notre Dame, built an eight-stroke lead after the first round by making five birdies and added three more in round two to finish with her winning score of 70-76—146, even par.

Moridaira, the 2020 NCGA Senior Women’s Player of the Year, finished at 81-74—155, and Lynne Cowan, an NCGA Hall of Famer who won this event in 1999, 2009-10-11, 2014, 2019 and 2021, and also has won the California Senior Women’s Open three times, was third at 78-80—158.

Joy Robinson of Martinez was fourth at 78-81—159, followed by Julie Wirth of Lafayette at 80-81—161, Deborah Robertson of Martinez at 83-79—162, and Juvy Timan of Watsonville at 81-82—163.

Lisa Ferrante of Discovery Bay was eighth at 84-80—164, while Eden Anderson of Oakland shot 85-81—166 to tie for ninth with Yao Guo of Rancho Murrieta, who wound up at 84-82—166.

The WGANC Stroke Play Championship began as the 54-hole Champion of Champions in 1953.  In 1997 it was separated into two championships, the Champion of Champions and the 54-hole Stroke Play Championship. The Stroke Play Championship went from a 54-hole tournament to a 36-hole tournament in 2019.

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