Frohnmayer wins Senior Women's Amateur

OOLTEWAH, Tenn. – First-time USGA Senior Women’s Amateur participant Terri Frohnmayer might have had a positive omen early in the week at The Honors Course.

Frohnmayer went to dinner with her local caddie and some of his friends, who own a company that makes scratch-and-sniff products.

“They make the fragrances,” Frohnmayer said. “And on the second day he made a fragrance for me – lavender and French vanilla – and he called it ‘Victory.’ And I have a little patch that says Victory, and I haven’t yet scratched and sniffed it yet.”

On Sept. 15, Frohnmayer scored a 2-and-1 triumph over defending champion Mina Hardin to capture the national championship.

Now, how does it smell?

“It smells damn good,” she said.

Frohnmayer, 55, of Salem, Ore., joins four other Oregonians as national champions: Mary Budke (1972 U.S. Women’s Amateur), Jason Allred (1997 U.S. Junior), Jeff Quinney (2000 U.S. Amateur) and Peter Jacobsen (2004 U.S. Senior Open).

Hardin, 51, who won the title last year in her first year of eligibility (50 and older), is a member of the Ladies Amateur Golf Association in the Dallas area that has produced three winners (and four runners-up) of this event in the past eight years.

“Good for her,” Hardin said of Frohnmayer. “It’s a privilege and an honor to be a national champion.

“I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was extremely disappointed.”

In the 18-hole final, the players were all square through 10 holes. Frohnmayer then won three consecutive holes to take the lead she would not relinquish. Hardin birdied the 16th hole to cut the deficit to 2 holes before the pair parred the 17th hole to end the match.

Frohnmayer reached the final with a semifinal victory over medalist Lisa Schlesinger, and Hardin defeated Anne Schultz, a fellow Texan/LAGA member and 2007 USGA Senior Women’s Amateur champion. In the round of 32, Frohnmayer downed another past USGA Senior Women’s Amateur champion and LAGA member in Carolyn Creekmore.

Frohnmayer’s only other USGA event was a second-round loss to Betsy King at the U.S. Girls’ Junior in 1973.

“Pretty incredible,” Frohnmayer said. “(I’m) probably the luckiest person today on this golf course.”

– The Associated Press contributed

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