Stanley among Southern Amateur field in Birmingham
By Josh Cooper
Two-time Decatur Daily high school golfer of the year Suzanne Stanley will be competing in the Women’s Southern Golf Association Amateur Championship at the Riverchase Country Club in Birmingham beginning Monday.
It is the first time Stanley will be competing in the event that features both amateurs and collegiate players.
“I’m feeling nervous,” Stanley said in Birmingham on Sunday night. “There are a lot of good golfers here.”
Stanley, who will be entering her sophomore year at Mississippi State in the fall, had a difficult first year as a member of the Lady Bulldog golf team.
In the fall, her highest finish was 41st in the Wildcat Fall Invitational.
In the spring, things didn’t get much better for the 5-foot-11 Stanley, who came in 22nd at the Chrysler Challenge.
Her average score was a team-high 81.61.
According to Stanley, the teamwork aspect of college golf threw off her game a bit.
While she is quick to point out that she misses her teammates, being on her own could help her recapture her stroke.
“It’s different having to think about my team when it is depending on me instead of playing individually,” Stanley said. “That puts pressure on you, but it is something you have to get used to.
Stanley is paired up with Pam Spikes of Maumelle, Ark., for the first round and will tee off at 10:53 a.m.
The tournament is in match-play format.
The low 32 scorers from Monday’s 18-hole qualifier will begin match play Tuesday with a 36-hole final Friday.
Defending champion Taylor Leon of Dallas will not be defending because she is entering professional golf. Stacy Lewis of the University of Arkansas is the 2006 finalist.
The Riverchase course is 6,039 yards long and is par 72.
“It is the beginning of the summer season, so I need a different kind of approach,”
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Stanley said. “I just want to get started shooting some low scores”
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