Page Halpin wins match play

OSPREY ---  Page Halpin beat two up-and-coming Bradenton teenagers in winning the Florida  Women’s State Golf Association Match Play Championship at The Oaks  Club.


After eliminating 15-year-old Robbi Howard in the semifinals on Thursday, Halpin defeated 17-year-old Ginger Howard 3 and 2 in Friday's final on the 5,900-yard Eagle Course.

Halpin, a 45-year-old mother and younger sister of Scott Dunlap of the Nationwide Tour, took advantage of poor putting by Howard in the final. Halpin did not make a birdie, but Howard three-putted several greens as Halpin led by as many as four holes at one point.

The victory gave Halpin a trifecta in FWSGA amateur events. As a 16-year-old, she won the junior title, and then won the stroke play title several years ago after regaining her amateur status. A college All-American at the University of Florida, Halpin played on the LPGA Tour for eight years and now lives in Venice. She grew up playing junior golf at Bobby Jones Golf Club.

The Howard sisters train at IMG Academies in Bradenton. Ginger played on the U.S. Junior Ryder Cup team last year, and both plan to attempt to qualify for the U.S. Women’s Open at The Oaks on May 16.

Earlier in the week, Tatiana Gammicchia, a University Park resident, staged the biggest upset of the Match Play Championship.

The Russian-born 22nd seed upended two-time FWSGA amateur champ Wendi Golden of Lakewood Ranch 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.

 

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