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Switzer-Nadasdi holds slim lead in Women’s Senior Am

Joe Avento • Sep 24, 2019 at 9:45 PM

JOHNSON CITY — Years ago, Rhonda Switzer-Nadasdi figured out she enjoyed golf more than ice dancing.

She certainly did on Tuesday.

Switzer-Nadasdi shot a 2-over-par 74 at Johnson City Country Club to grab the lead in the first round of the 41st Tennessee Women’s Senior Amateur Championship.

Switzer-Nadasdi takes a one-stroke lead over Lynda Wimberly, also of Brentwood, into Wednesday’s final round. Wimberly played the final five holes in 1 under to post a first-round 75.

Jean Kraft shot 76 to sit in third place.

As a child, Switzer-Nadasdi was an ice dancer living in Canada. At age 13, she decided to give that up, and her father took her to the golf course. That began a love affair with the game that continued when she moved to Brentwood in 1995, where she is a dentist.

“That was getting expensive and I wasn’t that good,” she said of her ice dancing career.

Switzer-Nadasdi danced her way around the course Tuesday after a late Monday afternoon practice round on the short, tight A.W. Tillinghast layout taught her a lesson.

“Don’t hit your driver,” she said.

Using primarily her 3-wood off the tee, Switzer-Nadasdi made three birdies on the front nine and parred the final six holes to move to the top of the leaderboard.

“I stuck with the plan,” she said. “It was discipline, two-putts are my friends, and hit fairways and greens.”

Switzer-Nadasdi said her best shot came on the final hole after one of her rare drivers off the tee left her behind a tree. She hit 8-iron and faded the ball around the tree onto the back level of the tricky green and made what turned out to be a routine par.

“I’m happy with the way I played,” she said. “I was patient.”

Four golfers shot 77, most notably eight-time Tennessee Women’s Senior Amateur champion Maggie Scott, who found Johnson City Country Club to her liking some 25 years after her Women’s State Amateur win here. Scott would have been closer to the lead if not for her double bogey on the final hole.

The senior field was broken into flights based on first-round scores. Everybody who shot 80 and below qualified for the championship flight. The others were placed in four other groups.

Jesse Lawley, women’s golf coach at Lipscomb, led the Mid-Am competition, which is being held at the same time as the Women’s Senior Am. Lawley shot 74, four strokes better than anyone else in what turned out to be an eight-player field.

Defending champion Andrea Cropper shot 78 and 2017 champion Teleri Hughes joined Kim Klein at 81.

The Mid-Am is in just its third year of existence.

The final round will begin at 9:30 a.m. with a shotgun start.


Tennessee Women’s Senior Amateur

First round

Tuesday

At Johnson City Country Club

Par 72

Championship Flight

Rhonda Switzer-Nadasdi 74

Lynda Wimberly 75

Jean Kraft 76

Maggie Scott 77

Terri McAngus 77

Lynn McGee 77

Judy Rich 77

Gena Ridings 78

Darlene Werhnyak 80

First Flight

Julie Carlton 81

Cricket McKamey 81

Denise Pridemore 81

Mary Kelly 81

Nancy Harper 81

Karen Williams 82

Patricia Fox 82

Suzanne Rhodes 82

Amy Haag-Newbilll 82

Linda Mullins 83

Diane Edmondson 84

Lynna Rader 85

Frances Hopp 85

Second Flight

Chris Kencitzski 86

Carol Hornstra 86

Debra Fanning 87

Terri Korom 87

Rebecca Leeper 87

Joni Kies 89

Linda Winn 89

Mary Orourke 90

Patty Manney 91

Ann McKinney 91

Joanne Walker 91

Gail Smith 91

Hannah Paramore 92

Third Flight

Carol Gouty 93

Peggy Bentley 93

Barbara Shemwell 94

Cathy Wedekind 94

Dottie Dube 94

Patricia Welch 95

Karen Rogers 95

Malisa Rader 95

Vickie Smith 96

Fourth Flight

Teresa Treadway 98

Wendy Smith 100

Terry Key 100

Mitzi Price 101

Carol Medley 102

Debbie Locke 104

Denise Hughes 106

Vickie McPeters 109

SaDonna Price 114

 

Tennessee Women’s Mid-Amateur

First round

Tuesday

At Johnson City Country Club

Par 72

Jesse Lawley 74

Andrea Cropper 78

Teleri Hughes 81

Kim Klein 81

Ryan Kopet 82

Michelle Dodson 85

Christina Tucker 86

Dena Bower 102

Shelby Sain WD

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