US Sr. Women’s Amateur Golf Championship

Women from all over the world are here in Alaska competing for the number one spot in the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship. Your Alaska Link’s La’shawn Donelson goes on the green to see the competition.

Many of the world’s best female golfers. 50 and over come from all over the world to win the title. History was made in Anchorage when Alaska’s very own Pamela Joseph teed off at Anchorage Golf Course. It was the first of the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship over the weekend. This is the first national golf championship hosted in the state

To round one of the 60th U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship. Please welcome, from Hope, Alaska, Pamela Chesla.

It was quite a day for first time competitor Pamela Chelsa

“Oh, unbelievable. I mean, you know, it’s my first championship and to play in Alaska in front of a home crowd was just wonderful. You know, it’s it’s unbelievable. A dream come true for me.”

Laura Tennant is defending her championship title.

“Oh, it’s been wonderful. I think all the competitors are having a great time. The weather before it this morning was just amazing. And we’ve seen a lot of wildlife and the courses amazing and very, very difficult. So it’s a great challenge and a great tournament thus far.”

Other competitors agree the course was a difficult one.

“Well, it’s been it was quite wet early on. We had rain from 11 holes and it made the course a lot tougher than the practice. Rounds played a lot harder and it was very difficult to pick the ball club for the yardage today.”

One spectator says he is learning something new.

“Fun than watching a lot of the women hit some great shots. And what’s interesting is watching them hit shots on holes that I have problems with. So I’m trying to learn stuff as well.”

The chief officer of the tournament believes the competition is good for Anchorage.

“An important part of the community. And Anchorage is so warm and embracing. We knew if we came with a championship, the community would embrace it and it would really inspire the game here. You know, more. More people would play. More kids would have eyeballs on the championship and hopefully play more golf.”

This event continues until Thursday and it is open to the public. For more information on the U.S. Senior women’s amateur championship and on starting tee times, you can visit W WW dot USGA dot com.

La’shawn Donelson. Your Alaska link Anchorage.