2023 Joanne Winter Arizona Silver Belle Championship 12/30/23 The 53rd edition of the Joanne Winter AZ Silver Belle Championship concluded with an exhilarating final round at Briarwood Country Club, showcasing remarkable performances across all divisions.
In the overall division, Nikki Oh from Torrance, California, emerged as the champion, overcoming a three-stroke deficit to secure victory by two strokes. Oh delivered an exceptional bogey-free round of 65 (-7) on the final day, setting a new course record at Briarwood Country Club. Her stellar performance included an impressive three consecutive birdies on holes 7, 8, and 9. Despite the stretch of birdies, Amy Lee from Langley, British Columbia, initially led at the turn at -10 with a two stroke lead but ultimately tied at -9 with Nikki through hole 15 as Nikki proceeds to birdie the hole while Amy bogeyed it. However, it was Nikk's birdie and Amy's bogey on 17 that secured Nikki Oh's victory. Overall, her three-round scores of 73, 68, 65 showcased consistent excellence and highlighted her skill on the golf course.
Gabby Kano, representing Fullerton, California and playing college golf at the University of Nevada Reno, won the 19-23 Age Division, despite being one shot back going into the final round. Kano's steady play, shooting even in the final round with a score of 72, and a total of +2 over three rounds (71, 75, 72), earned her the division title. Leighton Shosted, from Mesa, Arizona and playing golf at Grand Canyon University, secured the second spot in the division at +3 total.
The 17-18 Age Division saw Lydia Portlock from San Antonio, Texas, emerge as the champion with a remarkable total of -7 (68, 73, 68). The University of Texas commit showcased her skill with six birdies in the final round, including three in a row on holes 13, 14, and 15. Alona Avery from Riverside, California and a University of California Irvine commit, made a significant impact in the division by shooting a spectacular 65 (-7) in the final round, also setting a new course record. Avery finished second in her division shooting -6 overall (76, 69, 65). Lydia and Alona also finished third and fourth in the overall championship, respectively.
In the 14 and Under Division, Lily Peng from San Ramon, California, clinched the title with a total score of -4 over three rounds (71, 70, 71). Notably, Peng was tied for 5th place in the overall division alongside Temple City, California's Kacey Ly from the 15-16 Age Division who shot 70, 70, 72-and made a birdie on her last hole.
Overall, the 53rd Joanne Winter AZ Silver Belle Championship concluded with an impressive display of talent, setting the stage for future successes for these exceptional golfers.
THE FULL RESULTS CAN BE FOUND HERE PHOTOS FROM THE TOURNAMENT CAN BE FOUND HERE
PLAYER GRANTS AVAILABLE A grant program has been generously provided by The Thunderbird Foundation. Arizona Silver Belle believes that the opportunity to participate in national tournament events should be available to all players.
Briarwood Country Club - A special gem in NW Phoenix, Briarwood CC, a private club, is a traditional parkland course designed by Greg Nash. The fairways are wide but a winding creek and small elevated greens will hold the players attention. Briarwood has hosted the U.S. Senior Women’s Open Qualifier, AZ Senior Women’s Championship as well as several other state tournaments. They host a First Tee of Phoenix program as well as offer their facilities to Ottawa University AZ men’s and women’s golf teams. Briarwood Country Club was selected as AWGA Host Club of the Year in both 2014 and 2016 by the players, volunteers and staff.
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