Kathy Glennon is heading to Florida to play in the 2018 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur championship.
Glennon, of Wildwood, begins play Saturday (Oct. 6) at the Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club in Vero Beach, Fla.
Heading into the upcoming Senior Amateur, Glennon said she is pleased with how she is playing.
“Right now, I am happy with my game and feel that I am playing the best I have all year,” Glennon said. “I am very excited to play in this year’s Senior Women’s Amateur. Orchid Island is supposed to be spectacular and I am looking forward to playing.”
The first two rounds of the 57th U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship conducted by the United States Golf Association (USGA) will be Saturday and Sunday at the 5,817-yard, par-72 Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club.
The U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur consists of 36 holes of stroke play after which the 132-player field will be reduced to the low 64 scorers. There will be six rounds of match play, starting Monday. The quarterfinals and semifinals are slated for Oct. 10. The championship is scheduled to conclude with an 18-hole final on Thursday.
Another local golfer also will be competing in the tournament. Ellen Port, 57, of St. Louis, is playing. Port won this tournament in 2012, 2013 and 2016. She also has won the Women’s Mid-Amateur four times.
Glennon tees off on No. 10 Saturday 8:50 a.m. and on No. 1 at 1:35 p.m. Sunday. Her playing partners are Martha Leach, of Hebron, Ky.; and Karen Northcutt, of The Woodlands, Texas.
Port tees on at 9:20 a.m. Saturday on No. 10 and at 2:05 p.m. on No. 1 Sunday. She will be playing with Linda Weinstein, of Northbrook, Ill.; and Kim Keyer-Scott, of Bonita Springs, Fla.
The average age of the 132 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur competitors is 57.59 years old.
Glennon played in the recent qualifier at Franklin County Country Club in Washington to earn her berth in the tournament this weekend.
Glennon, who is a member of the Country Club at St. Albans, won medalist honors with a 7-over par 78. Pam Simpson, from Kansas City, who was one shot back at 79 and she too qualified for the tournament.
“I played really well on the front nine at Franklin County Club Club,” Glennon said. “The back nine was a bit of a struggle. I lost my driver a little. I made a lot of up and downs and was putting well.”
It’s been a pretty good summer playing-wise for Glennon.
“I was playing really well at the beginning of the season,” Glennon said. “I lost in a playoff for the Missouri Mid Am. However I didn’t play well at the Missouri Am and was struggling a little with my confidence.”
This season, Glennon won the St. Louis Women’s District 3 day medal to go along with her second-place finish at the Missouri Mid Amateur.
The Senior Amateur will be Glennon’s ninth appearance in a USGA event. She has played in four Mid Amateurs and three state team Ccampionships as well as one Senior Amateur.
Glennon is happy Simpson also qualified to play.
“Pam has been a teammate in Missouri Fore State for a few years now,” Glennon said. “She is a great competitor and person. She played well in the Senior Qualifier at Franklin County, and she also qualified for the 2018 Mid Am at Norwood Hills Country Club. Pam and I both played in the 2017 Mid Am in Houston last year which was a great experience.”
Glennon’s last Senior Amateur appearance came in 2016. She made the stroke play cut by shooting a 165 on rounds of 88 and 77. She lost in the round of 64.
“I played poorly in the first round, and made up my mind just to go out and play my game the second day,” Glennon said about that tournament. “It was the first time that I made a match play cut in a USGA event, which was a great confidence booster for me. I finally felt like I could play at the national level.
“A year later I made the match play cut for the USGA Mid Am, which was the highest I have finished in a USGA event.”
The experience of playing in the event in 2016 will be helpful, Glennon said.
“Since this is my second time at the Senior, I feel like know what to expect,” Glennon said. “I have gotten to know more of the competitors through other competitions and look forward to see them. I am really looking forward to the challenge and excited to play at Orchid Island.”