Arvada’s Hartwell, CO Golf Hall of Famer Eaton make round of 32 at U.S. Senior Women’s Am
by Gary Baines
Two of the three players with strong Colorado connections who made match play in the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur not only won on Monday, but didn’t have to sweat it out much in Portland, Ore.
Susan Hartwell of Arvada, seeded 22nd in the 64-person match play bracket, cruised to an 8 and 6 victory over Mimi Hoffman of Springfield, Va. And Colorado Golf Hall of Famer Kim Eaton (pictured), who’s made it to the final eight four times in this event, joined Hartwell in the round of 32 by posting a 4 and 2 win over Pamela Kuong of Wellesley Hills, Mass., the 2015 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur runner-up.
But Kristine Franklin of Broomfield saw her run end in the round of 64, falling 5 and 4 to Carolyn Creekmore of Dallas, the 2004 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur champion.
Hartwell, a co-medalist in Colorado-based qualifying for this championship, won five of the first seven holes on Monday and never looked back. She finished 1 over par through the 12 holes of the match, making two birdies in the process.
Eaton, who last month won her fifth CWGA Senior Stroke Play title, similarly vaulted out to a quick start, standing 5 up through nine holes. She was 4 over through 16 holes, finishing things off with a birdie-2.
Franklin, the 1986 CWGA Stroke Play champion, was 2 down through eight holes, then Creekmore won the next four. Franklin was 12 over for the 14 holes.
On Tuesday, the round of 32 and round of 16 will be contested. In the round of 32, Eaton will face fifth-seeded Tara Fleming of Jersey City, N.J. Hartwell will take on Mina Hardin of Mexico, the 2010 U.S. Senior Women’s Am champ.
Here are the results of all the players with strong Colorado ties:
MATCH PLAY ROUND OF 64
Colorado Golf Hall of Famer Kim Eaton def. Pamela Kuong of Wellesley Hills, Mass., 4 and 2
Carolyn Creekmore of Dallas def. Kristine Franklin of Broomfield, 5 and 4
Susan Hartwell of Arvada def. Mimi Hoffman of Springfield, Va., 8 and 6
ADVANCE TO MATCH PLAY
17. Susan Hartwell of Arvada 78-77–155
25. Colorado Golf Hall of Famer Kim Eaton 79-77–156
31. Kristine Franklin of Broomfield 75-83–158
FAILED TO MAKE MATCH PLAY
66. Part-time Gunnison-area resident Marilyn Hardy 78-86–164
100. Kathy Malpass of Evergreen 87-84–171
104. Colorado Golf Hall of Famer Christie Austin of Denver 83-89–172
110. Colorado Golf Hall of Famer Janet Moore of Centennial 85-88–173
123. Sandra Bickel of La Porte 93-85–178
125. Lisa Lee of Longmont 90-90–180
130. Sue Davis of Aurora 99-95–194
For all the results from the Senior Women’s Am, CLICK HERE.