IWGA State Senior Tournament
48th Illinois Senior Women’s Amateur Golf
Championship Dates: September 19-21, 2017
Location: Rockford Country Club , Rockford Illinois,
Format: The tournament format is 54 holes of stroke play. Players are paired by scores with flights also established by age groups. This tournament is the most popular of the three events and typically has a full field.
Eligibility: The event is open to women who are residents of Illinois, have a handicap index of 30.0 or less, and have reached their 50th birthday by the tournament date. Handicaps will be verified using the August 15th date for eligibility.
Entry Fee: $225 (includes cart)
Entry Deadline: August 15, 2017, or until the qualifying field of 120 players is full.
Official 2017 Scorecard:
Pre-Tournament Information to be posted here later and it will be e-mailed to everyone also: Welcome letter; IWGA HardCard; Notice to competitors.
(See entry form for complete details)
Mary Ellen Martin of Winfield shoots 77 to come from behind and win the 2016 Illinois Senior Women’s Amateur. Mary Ellen broke a tie with DeAnne Stolarik from Zion on the last hole to win the title. Defending champion Jan Bowers of Lincoln came in three shots back to take 3rd place honors. The Championship was contested at Champaign Country Club and the players were treated to a great course and three days of great weather.
47th State Senior Champion is: Mary Ellen Martin, Winfield Illinois
Second Low Gross of Field: DeAnne Stolarik
Third Low Gross of Field: Jan Bowers
First Low Net: Donna Peterson
Champaign Country Club selected Merci’s Refuge to receive $1500.00 on behalf of the IWGA for hosting the 2016 Senior Championship.
Merci’s Refuge is a program of Living Alternatives Pregnancy Resource Center. Since 1985
Living Alternatives has served women experiencing crisis pregnancies and those seeking post-abortion support through material assistance, mentoring, pregnancy testing, and free ultrasounds. It is out of this mission and history that the vision for Merci’s Refuge was born.
The need for residential care was evident early on in the organization’s history. Christian
families became “Shepherding Homes” to house and support women during their pregnancies.
However, without formal structure and programming, this method was not sufficient to help
women move beyond the various issues keeping them from reaching their goals and potential.
Some years later, Greta Henry visited Mercy Ministries in Tennessee and experienced
a working model for truly supporting women through their pregnancies and other challenging
situations. In 2008, a team of volunteers from the Champaign community began meeting and
praying about how a life-transforming residential program could be started in Champaign for
women in Illinois and across the United States.
We now eagerly wait for the day Merci’s Refuge will open her doors to women in crisis!