Hershey, PA (Sports Network) - Ellen Port won five holes in a row on the back
nine Thursday to defeat Jane Fitzgerald and capture the USGA Senior Women's
Port, 50, won this title in her first try. She is a 4-time U.S. Women's Mid-
Amateur champion, including last year's event.
Fitzgerald, also 50 and also in her first USGA Senior Women's Amateur
Championship, started well with a win at the first after Port made bogey. Port
knotted things at the third, but a Fitzgerald par at No. 5 was enough to
reclaim the lead.
Fitzgerald kept her 1-up cushion until the 11th and things unraveled in a big
way. She found a cart path on 11, made bogey and lost the hole. The match was
all-square and Port was about to go on a run that would give her the
At the par-3 12th, Port rolled in a 12-foot birdie putt to take her first lead
of the match. One hole later, Port made another 12-footer, this time for par,
but also for a win.
Port captured the 14th to go 3-up and Fitzgerald handed the match to Port at
the par-5 15th. Fitzgerald lost her ball in a brush near the green and she
could do no better than double bogey.
Port was in much better shape on the hole, and won the 15th and the match.
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