Coming from seven strokes down in the last nine holes to tie defending
club champion Sally Holstein, Taormina won a sudden-death playoff -- the
first playoff in Big Canyon history for a club championship -- and earned
her way into the prestigious Tea Cup Classic.
So, for the third time in as many years, Big Canyon will be represented
by a different player in the Tea Cup, the summertime golf tradition for
the women's club champions in the Corona del Mar-Newport Beach-Costa Mesa
Taormina, a Newport Coast resident whose large family has been with Big
Canyon since November 1998, will get the opportunity to play her home
course at the fourth annual Tea Cup Classic Aug. 11.
Each of the four private clubs in the area rotate as host site of the
event, which has been part of the Fletcher Jones Motorcars/Daily Pilot
Club Championship Series, and the 2000 Tea Cup Classic will be hosted by
"That's what everyone's telling me," Taormina said of her club
championship, which awards an automatic berth into the Tea Cup. "I've
never watched (the Tea Cup) before, but I've read about it in the
newspaper. I'm not sure what to anticipate. I don't know if I should
start getting nervous now or about mid-July. I guess people come out and
Taormina, whose primary instructor is Mesa Verde Country Club head pro
Tom Sargent, has been playing golf for about 12 years and been a member
at PGA West in La Quinta for 10. Her husband, Vince, started her in the
"It's a great family sport," she said. "My husband and I can go out and
play and do something together as a couple. It's been a wonderful sport."
Taormina, who won her first club championship, and Holstein were tied at
342 after 72 holes. Martha Redfearn shot 343 and finished third.
Taormina, who started the final round in third place five shots off the
lead, birdied 17, but was still two strokes behind heading into 18.
Holstein's approach shot at 18 landed in a bunker, then her sand shot
rolled into the water on the difficult finishing hole to open the door
Taormina won the playoff hole when Holstein's second shot hit the lake.