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Burton surges to Green’s Folly ladies title

In the end, it was no contest, with Kay Burton winning her third straight Green’s Folly Golf Course Ladies Club Championship, coming home with a 19-stroke win over her nearest opponent.

Burton finished with a two-day total of 79-78-187 to win the Championship Flight, with Norma Chaney finishing second and Linda Collier finishing in third place.

Yolanda Jeffress finished first in the First Flight, followed by Mattie Cowan and Lanier Moore-Cole, and Jeanette Jones won the Second Flight, followed by Denise Ferrell and Nelia Moore.

Play in the Second Flight
was halted after nine holes on Sunday due to lightning, and did not resume.

Burton said she played consistent golf for two days but acknowledged two contenders for the championship were not in the field this year, Suzanne Stevens and Brenda Graham, Stevens having finished second to Burton in 2012 and 2011.

“I played well, but I didn’t have Suzanne, and I didn’t have Brenda to play against,” said Burton after Sunday’s round.

“That made a big difference, but I played well today.”

Burton prepared as if she would have to play against the best Green’s Folly had to offer, and she didn’t change her approach once the tournament began.

“I just tried to work on my game, and last month I came out and worked and worked to groove in my swing, because I thought I would have to play against Brenda and Suzanne and some of the other heavy hitters,” Burton explained.

“I just worked real hard.  I was having trouble with my chipping, and yesterday it all came together.’

Two bad holes, one each day, may have prevented her from going under par for the whole tournament, but Burton was philosophical when talking about those two hiccups in an otherwise solid two days of golf. 

“Yesterday I had an eight on one hole, and today I had a triple which hurt me, so maybe I would be under par if not for those holes, but you can expect to have a bad hole or two,” said Burton.

“I was lucky to come back with some birdies, which helped.  Today, I had three birdies, so that helped a lot.

Burton had four birdies on Saturday, and she added it was a great weekend except for the lightning and related delays on Sunday.

“We had to wait a little bit, and I got stiff on the next hole and double bogyed it, but all in all, I think I played pretty well.”