Former champs Eaton, Austin, Zmistowski, Doyen among 116 entrants for CWGA Senior Stroke Play
by Gary Baines
Three Colorado Golf Hall of Famers are scheduled to be in the field when the 35th CWGA Senior Stroke Play is contested Monday and Tuesday (Aug. 14-15) at Mariana Butte Golf Course (pictured) in Loveland.
The three — Kim Eaton, Christie Austin and Lynn Zmistowski — have combined to win this championship eight times since 2006, with Eaton capturing the title four times, and Austin and Zmistowski twice each.
The 36-hole tournament will feature 116 players competing in a variety of flights, with handicap indexes ranging from plus-1 for Eaton to 32.
Last year’s champion, Deb Hughes, isn’t entered as she’s competing in the Senior Women’s North & South Amateur Championship in Pinehurst, N.C. But the winners of every CWGA Senior Stroke Play from 2006 through ’14 are scheduled to tee it up. In addition to Eaton (winner in 2009, ’10, ’12 and ’13), Zmistowski (2006 and ’08) and Austin (2007 and ’14), 2011 champion Mary Doyen is entered. Only six-time champion Lynn Larson has won the CWGA Senior Stroke Play more than Eaton.
Eaton will be seeking her 24th CWGA championship overall as she’s pursuing the record of 25, set by Carol Flenniken. Eaton won the CWGA Senior Match Play title last month at Buffalo Run Golf Course in Commerce City.
For Monday’s first-round pairings, CLICK HERE.