Ellen Port captures U.S. Senior Women's Amateur, her 7th USGA title

Ellen Port captures U.S. Senior Women's Amateur, her 7th USGA title

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Ellen Port captures U.S. Senior Women's Amateur, her 7th USGA title

Ellen Port added another U.S. Golf Association title to her collection Wednesday in Wellesley, Mass.

Port, 55, defeated fellow 55-year-old Andrea Kraus, 3 and 2, in the final of the 2016 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur at Wellesley Country Club. The victory marked her seventh USGA title – she also won the U.S. Women’s Senior Amateur in 2012 and ’13, and the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amater in 1995, ’96, 2000 and ’11.

“Fantastic,” Port said. “It’s always great to win a USGA championship. You work so hard to get here and it’s just so special when you can finish it off.”

Port’s seven USGA championships tie her with Anne Sander and Carol Semple Thompson for second among women. JoAnne Gunderson Carner tops the list with eight. She is tied for fifth overall, also behind Bobby Jones (nine), Tiger Woods (nine) and Jack Nicklaus (eight).

“It’s mind-boggling,” Port said. “I’m definitely not in that league. (Anne and Carol) are both good friends of mine. Carol drummed me the first time I played in an (amateur) event. She beat me, 6 and 5, at the (Women’s) Western. She was a legend, and we sat down and had lunch. I’ve learned a lot from her and respect her.”

In Wednesday’s final, Port was matched up against Kraus for the first time since the 1995 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur, which Port won. Kraus led early after a birdie at the opening hole, but Port took her first lead with birdie at No. 8. Port also won Nos. 10 and 14 to grab a 2-up lead.

Two holes later, at the par-4 16th hole, Port two-putted from 30 feet to close out the match.

“Ellen is amazing,” Kraus said. “She’s a lovely human being and I give her incredible kudos. She’s got a family, she does it all.

“… I wish I could bring home the trophy because Ellen has had it so many times. But that’s because she’s great.”

Port, who coaches women’s golf at Washington-St. Louis, not only receives a 10-year exemption into this event, but she also will play in the U.S. Women’s Amateur and U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur in 2017 and ’18. Kraus is exempt into both events for 2017.

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