Sarah Stanhope Wins 2009 US Womens Championship
Sarah Stanhope comes from behind to win the 2009 US Womens Disc Golf Championship in the Quad Cities (IA/IL) by three shots over current World Champion, Valarie Jenkins. Her final round of 61 on the extremely tough West Lake course was unofficially rated at 1021 which would be the second best round by a woman on courses in that SSA range. This tops her other top 10 round in that course category shot during the Vibram Open less than a month ago.
Liz Carr started off the final round with a slim lead over Jenkins with Sarah in third. Liz struggled on the first three holes going from a one throw lead to a three throw deficit behind Jenkins. Stanhope gained her first shot on Jenkins on the fourth hole with a birdie 4 on the dam shot across the water (it's really a big grassy dam). Carr continued to lose ground to Jenkins while Stanhope matched her until gaining another shot on the tough uphill punch shot on the ninth hole with tucked pin placement.
Valarie's double bogey 7 on the long par 5 13th hole (18 on the course) along with Stanhope and Carr's pars pulled Stanhope into a tie with Jenkins with five holes to play. After push bogeys on 14, Stanhope turned on the jets and birdied the next three holes gaining three on Jenkins and coasted into the Championship with a par on 18. Carr kept fighting to catch Jenkins for second but those early hole problems proved the difference.
Congratulations to the other National Womens Champions: Barrett White Master Pro, Lisa Warner Grandmaster Pro, Leslie Charles Sr Grandmaster Pro, Alexandria Mero Advanced Am, Marie Fry Advanced Master Am, Christine Savvakis Intermediate Am, Carrie Ricketts Recreational Am. Another successful Womens Championship with new titleists in several divisions. Get ready for Jacksonville, NC in 2010!