Golden upset in state match play

 It didn’t take long for Tatiana Gammicchia to get her revenge.

 Seeded 22nd, the University Park resident staged the biggest upset of the Florida Women's State Golf Association Amateur Match Play Championship being held this week at The Oaks Club in Osprey.
      The Russian-born golfer upended two-time FWSGA amateur champ Wendi Golden 2-up on Wednesday. Just last month, Golden won the City of Sarasota Women's Championship, beating Gammicchia by four strokes. Golden was seeded No. 6 this week.
     The other top five seeds advanced to today's quarterfinals which begin at 8 a.m. Paige Halpin, a former member of the LPGA Tour and current member of The Oaks, is top-seeded. She was the medalist in Monday's qualifying by shooting a 72. She won her first two rounds in match play.
      Second-seed Gennifer Mendez of North Port eliminated legendary Arlene McKitrick of Longboat Key 7 and 5. Mendez played at the University of South Florida, and McKitrick recently won her 166th title in Arizona.
        Five of the eight quarterfinalists have area ties. The 18-hole semifinal round will follow this morning's quarterfinals.  The women are playing from 5,900 yards on the Eagle Course.
       The final round is scheduled for Friday.


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