Amy Bender of Ardsley CC defeated Lee Ann Lewis on the 31st hole of the 36-hole final to win the WMGA Match Play Championship last week. The 6&5 win capped four days of grueling competition by an elite field of women from the entire NY Metro at The Hamlet Golf and County Club on Long Island.
Bender was seeded third after the qualifying round of stroke play, with Lewis winning the medal play to earn first seed. Bender defeated past champions Susan Kim and Cheryl Brayman on her way to the final match with Lewis. She had been eliminated in the semifinals last year by eventual champ Alexis Hios.
Christine Yi won the “B” Match Play Championship, defeating Kathy Villaggio 7&6 in the 18-hole final match.
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The WMGA March Play is one of two major championships conducted by the Women’s Metropolitan Golf Association. The other is the Stroke Play, which is being contested this week in New Jersey. The Match Play trophy dates back to 1916 when the inaugural event was held at Baltusrol.