Tara Morris, PGA, Assistant Professional at The Country Club at Castle Pines, claimed her second Colorado PGA Women’s Championship held at the Pinery Country Club on October 12-13.
“I didn’t give myself many expectations for our Women’s Section Championship,” shared Morris. “I’m sure like many in our industry, this may be the year that we as professionals have played the least amount of golf. Golf seems to be growing everywhere, which is fantastic, but it certainly adds things to our plate on a daily basis. It is amazing our tee sheet is still at 98% capacity this late in the year.”
After round 1 of the 36-hole stroke play championship, the competition was close. Alexandra Braga, PGA, Director of Instruction at Denver Country Club, two-time winner of the Championship (2016 & 2017), was in the lead with an even par score of 72. Tied for second, at one-over-par, were Morris and Jackie Cunningham, Assistant Professional at Valley Country Club.
Morris comments, “Day one of the tournament I didn’t hit it as well as I would have liked. I only hit seven greens in regulation, but I was able to hit some great chips and save quite a few pars to shoot 73. I’m right at the midway point through my first pregnancy and my sequence feels a little off as my body is changing. I’m also hitting it about a club short of my normal distances. On day one I think I tried to press myself too hard to hit it as far as I normally do.”
In the final round, Morris came out strong, making four birdies on the first six holes. She carded an incredible round of 5-under-par 67, which was the lowest round of the championship, to move her into first place, with an overall score of 4-under-par. Though Braga had three birdies in her round, she ended up finishing second. Cunningham shared third-place with Kelli McKandless, LPGA Professional at Blackstone Country Club.
Commenting on day two, Morris states, “I decided I would come back with a focus of tempo for the day. I knew if tempo was my only thought, I would be able to club up and hit some solid golf shots. I hit 13 greens in the regulation on day 2 and my misses were much easier up-and-downs from around the green. Even when I started off strong on the day with a few birdies, I was able to stay patient and keep tempo in the front of my mind throughout the whole round.”
Morris continues, “I would like to thank Justin, Eddie and our Colorado PGA Section staff for putting together this event and allowing us to compete. Also, I’d like to thank The Pinery Country Club for fitting us in and hosting us in a such a busy year. The course was in fantastic shape. The greens were rolling great and definitely gave us a challenge. Thanks to all the LPGA and PGA professionals who came out to compete. We saw some new faces this year and it was great to meet a few other ladies in our industry. Hopefully, next year we will be able to continue to grow this unique event for our female professionals.”
To see the full results of the Colorado PGA Women’s Championship, click here.