ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) – When Pamela Chelsa of Hope, Alaska teeed off Saturday, July 30, 2022 at 7 a.m. on the first hole of the Anchorage Golf Course, it was the first time a United States Golf Association event was played in the 49th state.
Day one of the 60th US Senior Women’s Amateur is now on the books and it was a wet start to the historic tournament. After a few days of sunshine and blue skies, the clouds settled in and poured rain onto the course, but that didn’t stop some players from having great games.
After the first 18 holes in stroke play, there is a tie at 4 for first, including three-time defending champion Lara Tennant at +2. The rain made it difficult for some of the morning wave golfers to get low, but when you’re in Alaska, that doesn’t matter as much.
“It didn’t go so well on the golf course for me today, but overall it was great. It is an incredibly difficult and tricky golf course. I thought it was like that today, but the surroundings and the mountains…it’s really beautiful,” said Adrienne Maclean of Tequesta, Florida.
The tournament now advances to another 18 holes before the lowest 64 scores are matched until only two golfers remain and on Thursday August 4, 2022 the USGA will crown its first ever champion. in Alaska.
“I think it’s a great honor because we represent women’s golf here in Alaska, so I think it’s a great honor for us to be here,” said Tama Caldabaugh, who is currently tied for 8th place.
The lone Alaskan in the tournament, Pamela Chesla, will tee off at 11 a.m. Sunday. To see the full ranking, click on this link.
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