100th ANNIVERSARY CINCINNATI WOMEN’S MET
LOOKING BACK AT 100 YEARS OF WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP GOLF IN CINCINNATI.
YOUTH CHALLENGES THE OLD GUARD
As the Greater Cincinnati Women's Metropolitan Amateur Championship moved in to the 1980's, new names began to make headlines. Many familiar names continued to be strong competitors and new, young golfers were ready to challenge them.
Joan Comisar, Judy Diem, Jane Degroff, Sandy Jones and Elinor Mosher continued to be formidable opponents. Newcomer Sue Schilling from Bel-wood Country Club had won the championship in 1978 and would compete with the Old Guard the next few years. Long hitting, young challengers Leslie Ritter, Wyoming golf Club, Robin Stewart, Wyoming Golf Club, and Marianne Shinn, Terrace Park Country Club, battled each other and the veterans and each would be crowned as Met champions in the early 80's.
At age 21, Lynn Thompson qualified with a course record 70 at Western Hills Country Club. She dominated all golfers with her superb play winning back to back championships in 1980 and 1981. Lynn has continued to be a strong contender over four decades and will be a player to watch in this year's 100th championship. Beginning in the mid 1980's, an aunt and her niece provided great excitement for the next 10 years, often competing against one another during the tournaments. Both belonged to Cincinnati Country Club. Janie Dumler (the niece) won first in 1985. Louise Kepley (the aunt) was the conqueror in 1987; Janie was the champion again in 1989. Louise won her second and third Met tournaments in 1991 and 1992 and again in 1994. Still a contender for the next few years, Louise retired from tournament golf in 1998 to pursue other interests.
Other winners of the Metropolitan championship in the late '80's were Marianne Morris, Terrace Park Country Club, Linda Ball playing from Clovernook Country Club, and Beckett Ridge's Monica Hannah. After several years of absence due to back surgery, Jane Degroff returned to the tournament and won one more time in 1988. In 1972, the Title IX law was passed that required gender equity for boys and girls in all educational programs that received federal funding. This enabled the expansion of especially girls' sports. Eventually, golf began to see the effect as more girls gained competitive experience while playing on high school and college golf teams. Thus, the Women's Metropolitan Championship began attracting more high school and college players in the early 1990's. While some of the veterans were still strong golfers, 1995 began a new trend of dominance by talented high school and college girls.
As an accomplished player attending the University of Cincinnati, Kerry Zebeck won back to back Met championships in 1995 and 1996. At Terrace Park Country Club in the qualifying round Kerry had an outstanding round of 66.
Melissa Beck, Neumann Golf Club, was the 1997 winner and repeated as the champion in 2001. During the qualifying round in 1999 at Clovernook Country Club, Melissa tied the women's course record of 69.
Christi Dorece, Ivy Hills Country Club, and Darcy Isaac, Blue Ash Golf Club, completed the century as champions in 1998 and 1999, respectfully. Other prominent challengers during these years were Kerry Zebeck Davis, Elizabeth Bench, Julie Palmer, Katie Rakel and veterans Diane Calkins and Linda Coffey.
Will youth continue to dominate when a new century begins? For the answer, go to the GCWGA website in May and see who were the victors. And don't forget to register for the 100th Met!
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.”