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Fleming & Garza Lead After Round 1 of the 2023 Women’s Four-Ball Championship

Fair Oaks Ranch Golf & Country Club —Eryn Garza from Magnolia and Brandee Fleming from Montgomery lead the Championship Division of the Women’s Four Ball after firing a 6-under 66 amidst the hot conditions on Monday.

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Leaders: Garza and Fleming made eight birdies pushing them two strokes ahead after the first round. Eryn and Brandee started off consistently, making 4 birdies in their first seven holes. They continued their streak to finish 3-under in the last four holes. In the First Flight, the teams of Jennifer Hoyt from Horseshoe Bay and Marian Barker from Lubbock and Camm Dougherty from Corpus Christi and Meghan Moake from Houston are tied for first place. Alisa Kennedy and Cathy Gibson from Corpus Christi are leading the Second Flight. The Third Flight is lead by the teams of Robin Bobbitt and Lyn Jones from Houston and Lorraine Werner from The Woodland and Katherine Biggs from Houston.

In Contention: In the Championship Flight, Boerne’s, Delaney Martin and Fair Oaks Ranch’s own, Emily Ritchie shot a 4-under, 68. Rounding out the top three, Ryann Honea from Austin and Kate Pickrell from San Angelo’s fired a 3-under 69.

Course: Fair Oaks Ranch Golf & Country Club is hosting the Women’s Four-Ball Championship for the first time. The last women’s event hosted at Fair Oaks Ranch Golf & Country Club was the 2018 Women’s Partnership. Designed by golf legend, Gary Player, the Blackjack course at Fair Oaks is an 18-hole championship golf course. The link-style golf course and the wind on the middle stretch of holes can provide a challenge for golfers of all skill levels.

Tournament History: The Women’s Four-Ball Championship is in its 16th year on the schedule and is the fifth women’s statewide championship in 2023. The tournament is a 36-hole four-ball stroke play event with teams competing in two separate divisions, the Championship Division and the Flights Division. The ten teams with the lowest combined handicap indexes will be required to play from the championship tees. Those who do not wish to play in the championship division will be placed in the flights division and pre-flighted based on their combined handicap indexes.

POY Points Race: Player of the Year points will be awarded to the top five teams for the Women’s Player of the Year and Women’s Senior Player of the Year. The champions will each get 450 points towards the statewide honor followed by 300 for runner-up, 250 for third, 200 for fourth and 150 for fifth.

What’s Next: The Final Round of the Women’s Four-Ball Championship will commence tomorrow with a 9:00am shotgun start.

About the TGA: The Texas Golf Association was established in 1906 with a mission to promote the playing and advancement of the royal and ancient game of golf in Texas. The association is one of the most respected in the country with an ongoing commitment to its members, contestants, volunteers and all who strive to preserve the great traditions of the game.

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