Country Club's Marianne Towersey.
For Towersey, her victory Friday was her 17th title in the last 20
years, tying Dee Dee White of Newport Beach Country Club as the all-time
leader in club championships (men or women) in the Newport-Mesa
Towersey, who will try to qualify for the U.S. Women's Amateur later
this year and already has a spot in the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur, has
captured the Tea Cup Classic three straight years.
Only the women's championship at Newport Beach Country Club has yet to
be decided and a May 18 final round is set with Debbie Albright trying to
defend again. The vivacious blond and mother of two young teenagers has
won five straight NBCC titles mainly because of an incredible work ethic
on the practice range.
In Woodard's case, the owner of Mail Boxes Etc. in Costa Mesa captured
her sixth straight Mesa Verde title Tuesday with a 77-78-77-83--315. She
won by 27 shots.
At Big Canyon, Slutzky won by 26 shots.
At Santa Ana, Towersey, possibly the best female golfer in
Newport-Mesa history who is still improving every year, shot
74-76-74-77--301 to win by plenty.
"That might have been my lowest (total) score," said Towersey, who won
the 1999 Santa Ana championship by 36 strokes after shooting 307.
"But, you never know. I might hit a wall. I might not get any more
(club championships and break White's record of all-time Newport-Mesa
titles). You don't know. Scoti Carden's getting awfully good. She shot 77
in the last round."
Towersey, a former Stanford golfer and tennis player, is one of the
reasons why the Tea Cup Classic was launched in the first place.
The Tea Cup Classic, always played during the peak of summer, was
created out of this space in 1997 after such large margins of victory by
the four women's club champions in the Daily Pilot circulation.
Further, the event provided an instant avenue to bring the
Newport-Mesa golf community closer together and promote women's golf in
the area, which some can argue is among the best anywhere.
No date for the 2001 Tea Cup Classic has been completely set in