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ROCKFORD, IL JUNE 17, 2016
In the battle of the 17 year olds, Lauren Chappell of Charlston IL defeated Louise McCulloch of Wilmette on the 16th hole to win the 2016 Illinois State Women’s Amateur Championship at Forest HIlls Country Club in Rockford, IL.
Players were treated to fine weather today and spectators were treated to fine golf as the two finalists battled it out.
First Flight: Brianne Bolden of Mokena defeated Courteney Fabbri of Mundein 4 & 3
Second Flight: Emily Young of Lake Forest defeated Stephanie Walter of Morton, 6 & 4
Third Flight: Hui Chong Dofflemyer of Belvidere defeated Megan Kopeny of Arlington Heights 3 & 2
Fouth Flight: Maxine Nesemeier of Shannon defeated Blake Betke of Spring Grove 4 & 3
Fifth Flight: Francesca Saban of Orland Park defeated Natalie Hooper of Belvidere 7&5
Illinois Women’s Golf Association
Founded in 1933, the IWGA is an all-volunteer organization devoted to advancing golf opportunities for the women and girls of Illinois by conducting state championship tournaments and through fundraising to support charitable contributions to individual and organizations that embody the spirit of amateur golf.
In addition to running three state championship tournaments each year, the all-volunteer IWGA, through its charitable giving, actively supports women and girl golfers of all ages and skill levels through our Victory Endowment Fund. Annual contributions include grants to women’s golf teams in Illinois colleges, stipends to USGA Junior qualifiers and State Team members. The IWGA also honors a Junior golfer of outstanding character, scholarship, and sportsmanship with the prestigious Julia Dodd Junior Award. Funding for these and other charitable contributions comes primarily from clubs and associations sponsoring an annual Victory Tournament. Grants totaled more than $28,000 each year with total contributions from the IWGA Victory Fund surpassing $1,158,000.