published Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

Maggie Scott out of U.S. Senior Women's Amateur

Charleston, Tenn., golfer falls in match at Honors

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    Maggie Scott, of Charleston, Tenn., practices her putt at the Cleveland Country Club on Tuesday in Cleveland, Tenn. Scott has qualified for the national senior women's golf championship at The Honors Course.
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Maggie Scott accomplished the top two goals on her summer golfing list.

First, she qualified for the U.S. Senior Women's Amateur. Then on Sunday, she qualified for match play in the event at The Honors Course.

She couldn't accomplish a third -- winning a match.

Scott, a member at Cleveland Country Club about 20 miles north of The Honors, lost 3 and 1 to Terri Frohnmayer of Salem, Ore., on Monday in the opening round of 64.

"It's a big step to make the low 64 and I tied for 35th, so I can't cut myself down too bad," Scott said after playing in her fourth U.S. Senior Women's Am. "I just wish I had a little confidence in my swing. I think I may have hit four solid shots all day."

She lost the first two holes with bogeys but won the next two. She and Frohnmayer halved only one hole on the front nine and made the turn all square, which set up a dramatic back nine on the course Pete Dye once described as the greatest thing he's ever done.

Frohnmayer won No. 11, then lost No. 12 and they halved No. 13 with pars. The match turned at the par-3 14th, which plays about 130 yards.

Both hit safe shots onto the green with Frohnmayer a little more than 20 feet away, below the hole, and Scott's shot resting about 18 feet above the hole.

Frohnmayer studied her putt as long as possible. She struck it, watched it and gave a Tiger-like fist-pump as it dropped in the hole for a birdie. Scott dropped her head a bit when her own birdie attempt skirted the edge.

"It was 2 1/2 cups out. The caddie and I agreed on it," Frohnmayer said. "I made a good stroke and it fell in."

Scott fell behind 2 down with a bogey on No. 15 after her approach shot came up well short and a chip left her more than 20 feet for a par-save that missed the cup.

Both golfers bogeyed No. 16, a treacherous par-3 over water. And Frohnmayer won on No. 17 when Scott's attempt to chip-in for birdie rolled four feet beyond the hole.

"On 14, I really thought I'd made the putt, and on 15 I hit a poor chip shot and threw it away right there," Scott said. "It's been a great experience."

Championship experience helped four of the six past champions who reached match play advance to the round of 32: defending champion Mina Hardin, 2007 champ Anna Schultz, 2004 champ Carolyn Creekmore and World Golf Hall of Famer Carol Semple Thompson, who won in 2001 and '02.

Sherry Herman, who won in 2009, and three-time winner Diane Lang (2005, '06 and '08) lost their matches Monday.

"This tournament was wonderful but too short for me," Lang said. "I could not get the ball to the hole and kept leaving putts short. Linda [Pearson] putted lights out."

Nancy Smith, a breast-cancer survivor, pulled off the biggest upset of the day -- based on seedings.

She earned the No. 63 seed in a playoff at dusk on Sunday. Then on Monday, she beat No. 2 seed Mary Ann Hayward 2 up. Smith went 1 up with a birdie on No. 17 and won the final hole with a par.

"To eke this out, I'm astounded," said Smith, who resides in North Port, Fla. "It's going to take me a day or two to take this all in."

n Dr. Neil Spitalny of Chattanooga lost 1 up to Philip Pleat of Nashua, N.H., in the round of 64 at the men's U.S. Senior Amateur at Kinloch Golf Club in Manakin-Sabot, Va.

Contact David Uchiyama at duchiyama@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6484. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/UchiyamaCTFP.

about David Uchiyama...

David Uchiyama is a sports writer at the Chattanooga Times Free Press who began his tenure here in May 2001. His primary beats are UTC athletics — specifically men’s basketball and athletic department administration — and golf, which includes coverage from the PGA Tour to youth events. He also covers other high school sports, outdoor adventures, and contributes to other sections of the newspaper when necessary. David grew up in Salinas, Calif., and began working ...

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