Port defends her Women's Senior Amateur title

Ellen Port

Ellen Port

Ellen Port of St. Louis won her second consecutive USGA Senior Women's Amateur Championship title, defeating Susan Cohn of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., 3 and 2, in Thursday's final at CordeValle in San Martin, Calif.

For Port, 52, a high school teacher and golf coach, it was her sixth USGA title overall, tying her with Glenna Collett Vare and Hollis Stacy. The trio trails only JoAnne Gunderson Carner (eight), Carol Simpson Thompson (seven) and Anne Quast Sander (seven) in career USGA victories. Port, who became the first player to win back-to-back Women's Senior Am titles since Diane Lang in 2005 and '06, will coach the U.S. Curtis Cup team in 2014.

Port, 52, took advantage of a rocky start by Cohn to take a quick 3-up lead. Cohn, 50, made double bogeys on each of the first three holes, allowing Port to win them with two pars and a bogey. Cohn settled down after that, making 10 consecutive pars and closing the gap to 2 up before her bogey on the par-4 14th restored Port's 3-up lead. Port, meanwhile, made few mistakes all day, posting two bogeys and one birdie in the 16 holes.

Cohn, who works in the pro shop at Frenchmen’s Reserve Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens, was playing in her first USGA event since the 1992 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur.

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