Planet Golf — 02 August 2012 by Jim Street
Flora Weeks wins State Amateur

Flora Weeks, a recent graduate of Middlebury College, held off defending champion Leslie Folsom to win the Washington State Women’s Golf Association state amateur tournament Friday, 2 & 1, at Sand Point Country Club.

It was the first state title for Weeks, who plays out of Overlake Country Club. Folsom has won the tournament five times. In the scheduled 36-hole finale, Weeks closed out the match on the 35th hole.

Weeks played for the Middlebury (Vermont) golf team. She was a three-time conference champion and a two-time All America. She will be heading to Nevada City, Ca., this fall to teach high school environmental science.

Folsom, who plays out of Rainier Country Club south of Seattle, had won the tournament in 2003, ’05, ’07, ’08 and last year. She was trying to tie Hilda McAusland Beck for second place with six state titles. Beck earned her six wins between 1929 and 1957. The all-time leader is Ann Swanson with nine state titles between 1973 and 1996.

Here are Friday’s results from all the flights:

Championship Flight

Flora Weeks (Overlake) beat Leslie Folsom (Rainier) 2 & 1

First Flight

Jenny Park (Skagit) beat Robin Cole (Yakima) 2 up

Second Flight

Sammie Pless (Glen Acres) beat Ann Johnson (Meridian Valley) 4 & 3

Third Flight

Sharon Falkner (Meridian Valley) beat Carrie Simchuk (Sand Point) 19th hole

Fourth Flight

Barbara Tracy (Bear Creek) beat Stephanie Drake (Rainier) 4 & 2

Fifth Flight

Derval Langan (Sand Point) beat Ann Schofield (Broadmoor) 20th hole

Sixth Flight

Doris Rogers (Rainier) beat Debbie Slatt (Sand Point) 3 & 2

Seventh Flight

Julie Turner (Sand Point) beat Carlotta Jarrat (Bellingham) 5 & 4

Eighth Flight

Porsche Everson (Glen Acres) beat Joan Yankis (Bear Creek) 1 up

Ninth Flight

Lea Carlson (Sand Point) beat Peggy Stahl (Twin Lakes) 21st hole

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Jim’s 40-year sportswriting career started with the San Jose Mercury-News in 1970 and ended on a full-time basis on October 31, 2010 following a 10-year stint with MLB.com. He grew up in Dorris, Calif., several long drives from the nearest golf course. His first tee shot was a week before being inducted into the Army in 1968. Upon his return from Vietnam, where he was a war correspondent for the 9th Infantry Division, Jim took up golf semi-seriously while working for the Mercury-News and covered numerous tournaments, including the U.S. Open in 1982, when Tom Watson made the shot of his life on the 17th hole at Pebble Beach. Jim also covered several Bing Crosby Pro-Am tournaments, the women’s U.S. Open, and other golfing events in the San Francisco area. He has a 17-handicap, never had a hole-in-one, although once he came within two inches of an ace, and witnessed the first round Ken Griffey Jr. ever played – at Arizona State during Spring Training in 1990. Pebble Beach Golf Links, the Kapalua Plantation Course, Pinehurst No. 2, Spyglass Hill, Winged Foot, Torrey Pines, Medinah, Chambers Bay, North Berwick in Scotland, and Princeville are among the courses he has had the pleasure of playing. Hitting the ball down the middle of the fairway is not a strong part of Jim’s game, but he is known (in his own mind) as the best putter not on tour. Most of Jim’s writing career was spent covering Major League baseball, a tenure that started with the Oakland Athletics, who won 101 games in 1971, and ended with the Seattle Mariners, who lost 101 games in 2010. Symmetry is a wonderful thing. He currently lives in Seattle and vacations in Arizona (and other warm climates) as much as possible.

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