Wildwood’s Tina Jones is ready to begin her defense of the Missouri Women’s Golf Association Senior Championship.
The touranment is being held at the Sedalia Country Club. This is the 22nd year for this 36-hole stroke play championship.
In addition to Jones, 10-time champion Barbara Berkmeyer, of West County also will be playing
There are two divisions of play in the tournament. The Championship Division will play from 5,301 yards with a par 70. The Open Division will play at 4,934 yards with a par 70. A Missouri Senior Women’s Champion will be awarded as well as a Low Net Winner for the tournament.
Female residents of Missouri or Johnson County, Kan., that are 50 years of age and older are eligible for the championship.
Jones is defending her 2013 title won at the Cape Girardeau Country Club by one shot over Debbie Sawyer, of Jefferson City. Jones was previously the medalist in the 2009 USGA Senior Women’s Qualifier and also qualified for three USGA Mid Amateurs. She has been the St. Albans Country Club Champion at least three times and also represented Missouri as a member of the 2014 Fore State Team. In 2011, Tina was named Metropolitan Amateur Golf Association’s Senior Women’s Player of the Year.
Berkmeyer won her tiels from 2000 through 2008 and in 2011). Berkmeyer’s legacy in Missouri is well known from her years playing for the University of Missouri, winning five MWGA Amateur Championships, a runner-up at both the USGA Senior Women’s Championship and Canadian Women’s Senior Championship (2002), and as a member of the University of Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.
Another local competitor is Mary Ann Beattie. She was the 2009 MWGA Senior Champion at the Deuce at The National and a consistent high finisher in MWGA events. Beattie represented Missouri at the USGA State Team Championship and several Fore State Championships. She was the runner up at the 2007 Women’s Western Golf Association Senior Championship. She was the 2000 and 2007 St. Louis District Women’s Champion and won the National Women’s Club Championship in 2007. Beattie played professional tennis during 1964-1972, ranking in the top 10 in the U.S. She has played in five Wimbledon Championships, five U.S. Opens and one Australian Open.