100th ANNIVERSARY CINCINNATI WOMEN’S MET
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LOOKING BACK AT 100 YEARS OF WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP GOLF IN CINCINNATI.
GCWGA 100th Ladies Met on the RadioThe Greater Cincinnati Women’s Golf Association will get some air time on 700 WLW-AM leading up to the 100th Ladies Metropolitan Amateur golf championship.
Two-time Ladies Met champion Janie Klare – who won the tournament in 1986 and 1989 and reached the finals on five other occasions – will appear on Sports Talk with host Lance McAlister at 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 22.
Klare also will appear on the Bill Cunningham Show at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 23.
In addition to being a past champion, Klare will be the elder half of the first mother-daughter combination to play in the Ladies Met in more than 30 years. Her daughter Abigail – a rising junior on the golf team at perennial city power Ursuline Academy – will play in her first Ladies Met this year.
“Golf is a great thread that weaves through your life,” Janie said. “It’s neat for me to see the connections and the creating of friendships and memories that Abby is starting to make like I did when I was starting.”
The 100th Ladies Met kicks off Sunday night, June 28, with a gala dinner at Cincinnati Country Club, which is hosting the tournament for the first time since 1987.
Tournament play begins at 8:30 a.m. Monday, June 29, with the ceremonial teeing off of five Ladies Met legends, including five-time champion Judy Diem Hayes.
Monday’s stroke-play qualifier will divide the field into flights and rest of the tournament will be played Tuesday, June 30, through Thursday, July 2, in a match-play format.
You only get one chance to play in the 100th Ladies Met.
Defending champ looks back at Met win
Four Bridges Country Club. Semifinals of the 2014 Greater Cincinnati Women’s Golf Association Ladies Metropolitan Amateur tournament.
Emily Stipanovich stood in the 18th fairway trailing Carolyn Markley – the St. Ursula Academy wunderkind who as a junior finished fourth in the state high school championships the previous fall – by a hole in the match play format.
Dire straits. Dire, that is, until Stipanovich staked her six iron within two feet of the cup, tapped in, won the 18th, forced sudden death and won the match on the 21st hole.
“I think that was about as good a shot as I’ve ever hit,” she said. “Certainly as good a shot as I’ve hit in that kind of situation. I kind of love my six iron.”
Stipanovich, who plays out of Terrace Park Country Club, rode the momentum of the come-from-behind semifinal to the 2014 Ladies Met title the next day with a 2-up victory.
It was just her third time playing in the tournament.
She plans to defend her crown in the 2015 Ladies Met, beginning June 29 at Cincinnati Country Club. While it will be Stipanovich’s fourth time in the tourney, it will be the milestone 100th time for the tourney.
“Celebrating that is a fantastic thing,” Stipanovich said. “I’m excited to be going back. We’re going to give it another run.”
“We” includes her husband Dan, who serves as her Ladies Met caddy (and who plays to an eight handicap himself). The two met when Emily was a sophomore at Xavier University, where she was a scholarship golfer for the Musketeers out of Butler, Pennsylvania, north of Pittsburgh.
“I was about 10 when I started playing with my dad,” she said. “We were kind of looking for family fun on a Sunday afternoon and that’s what we found.”
She started taking the game more seriously in high school, where she first broke 80, and gave up playing softball to focus on golf.
“Looking back, it was probably a good decision,” Stipanovich said. “It’s a lifetime sport. You never have to stop playing.”
In fact, she’s hoping more girls follow her onto the links and give her a run for the title.
“It’s all about growing the game,” said Stipanovich, who used her finance degree from XU to land a job in the banking business. “It has a stereotype of being a rich, old, white, man’s game. But this is a chance (with the celebration of a century of women’s amateur golf in Cincinnati) to show it’s not.
The Ladies Met is great competition- and obviously not for men – and it’s really a young player’s game. I’m honored to be part of that tradition and look forward to this year’s tournament.”
YOU ONLY HAVE ONE CHANCE TO PLAY IN THE 100TH MET!
The 100th MET registration link will take you to the GCGA website. To register, select “Tournaments” on the banner in the top section of the website. On the right site shaded box select link “tournament registration". (Please note you must register or be registered with ghintpp.com ). LOG IN. SELECT THE 100TH WOMEN’S MET, and the registration form will come up.”