Stasi defeats Green for Jones/Doherty title

Meghan Stasi during the South Atlantic Amateur.

Meghan Stasi won the 80th Ione D. Jones/Doherty Women’s Amateur Championship, defeating fellow South Florida local Jaye Marie Green.

Stasi, the 2008 Doherty runner-up, tied the championship match against Jaye Marie Green at the 12th hole and took the lead for good at No. 15. A two-putt for par at 18 gave Stasi a 1-up victory Jan. 21 at Coral Ridge Country Club in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

“I was in a little slump there with my putting for a couple of holes, so I am glad I got it back,” Stasi told the Sun-Sentinel of Fort Lauderdale. “It is an honor to win, especially being so close the last few years.”

Stasi, 33, became the oldest golfer in the past eight years to win the event (since Perry Swenson in 2004 at age 21). Along the way, Stasi, of Oakland Park, Fla., defeated defending champion Charley Hull, who won the Harder Hall Women’s Invitational earlier this month, and 2010 Curtis Cup member Holly Clyburn.

Stasi is a three-time U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur champion (2006, ’07, ’10).

“I am happy to come in runner-up,” Green, 17, told the Sun-Sentinel. “I know if I had won it, I would be really happy, and since she won it, I am really happy for her because we are both local.”

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