Ellen Port, Global Golf Post’s 2013 Woman Amateur of the Year, picked up her seventh USGA championship today by winning the U.S. Women’s Senior Amateur at Wellesley Country Club in Wellesley Hills, Mass.
The 55-year-old from St. Louis defeated Andrea Kraus, 3 and 2, in the championship match to become one of the greatest USGA champions of all-time. Port has now captured three Senior Women Amateur Championships and four U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateurs, which leaves her one behind JoAnne Gunderson Carner for the most USGA championships won by a woman.
Her 7-1 mark in USGA final matches is only bested by Tiger’s 6-0 record.
“It’s always great to win a USGA championship,” Port said. “You work so hard to get here and it’s just so special when you can finish it off.”
After going down on the first hole, Port and Kraus traded holes before the back nine provided separation. Winning pars on holes 10, 14 and 16 proved to be the difference.
“I think the spectators would say it was really a fun match to watch, and I think the people watching back home were probably very nervous,” she said.
There won’t be much rest for Port, the women’s golf coach at Washington University in St. Louis. Her team has a tournament beginning Friday in Illinois.