100th ANNIVERSARY CINCINNATI WOMEN’S MET
LOOKING BACK AT 100 YEARS OF WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP GOLF IN CINCINNATI.
A NEW CENTURY BRINGS NEW TALENT
As a new century begins in 2000, it heralds new, young talent who aspire to win the prestigious Greater Cincinnati Women's Amatuer Championship. Over the next 15 years, three players will be repeat champions. Many high school and college players will wear the title of champion and then move on to other golf challenges.
Katie Rakel, Terrace Park Country Club, defeated 20 year veteran Bernice Gallagher, Coldstream Country Club, in 2000. This was Bernice's second time as runner-up. Katie's second championship win came in 2002. Melissa Beck who was the champion in1997 repeated as the winner in 2001.
In 2003, a Miami University professor and former 4 year member of the Ohio State women's golf team, Cathy Almquist, returned to competition after a 12 year absence. In an early match, Cathy defeated defending champion, Katie Rakel, and went on to win her first Met. With strong competition from young golfers and veterans Janie Klare and Lynn Thomson, Cathy defeated University of Cincinnati golfter Marianne Erb in 2008 for her second champion title.
Mary Ann Plunkett was the 2004 Met title holder. Formerly from Highlands High School, Mary Ann defeated Kim Keyer-Scott in the final round.
Bianca Hutton came to the United Satate from Finland in 2003 and enrolled in Northern Kentucky University. In 2005 her mother flew from Finland to Cincinnati to serve as Bianca's caddy and cheered her on to a championship win!
In 2006, two-time champion Kerry Zebeck Davis returned to play in the Met after a five year absence. She joined a group of former champions and veteran players who would challenge the large field. However, Carling Coffey, a junior at Ohio State conquered all players as she captured the Met win. She was the 9th college player in the last 10 years to win the tournament!
2007 provided an opportunity for Amanda Krane to get back into competition. Having moved from New York to work at the Greater Cincinnati Golfers' League office, Amanda honed her skills and defeated 22 year old Elizabeth Kirkham.
One of the youngest girls to ever win the Met, at age 16 Emily Wright defeated 2-time winner Lynn Thompson in the final match of 2009.
Two outstanding golfers battled one another for the championship the next two years. In 2010, Alison Schultz, University of Toledo and member at Maketewah Country Club, defeated Marissa Steen, a Lakota West graduate and student at Memphis State University. Marissa then conquered Alison to win in 2011. The GCWGA awarded Marissa one of it's first scholarships. Several years after leaving college, Marissa was chosen as a rookie of the year on the Symentra (LPGA futures) tour in 2014 and is now playing on the LPGA tour in 2015!
As we moved closer to the 100th Met, the 97th (2012) winner was Erin Michel; the 98th victor and student at the University of Cincinnati was Alex Carl. The defending champion from 2014 is 31 year old Emily Stepanovich, a Xavier graduate and member at Terrace Park Country Club.
While these new faces were winning each year, they were being challenged by some previous champions and veteran competitors. Many familiar names continued to appear each year in the championship flight. Our great tournament would not provide strong competition without the many years of participation from these dedicated participants – Linda Ball, Lynn Gokey, Darci Isaacs, Katie Rakel, Linda Coffey, Lynn Thompson, Janie Klare, Diane Calkins, Lori Eberly, Kim Keyer-Scott, Cathy Elmquist, Sharon Voelker, Julie Sizemore, Laura Schild, Nancy Reisert and many others.
We look forward to many of our past champions and competitors vying for the 100th Championship crown! Will one of these be the winner or will a new face rise to the top? Come see for yourself June 29-July2 at Cincinnati Country Club. It should be a great week for women's golf!
Our last historical review in June will highlight more interesting facts from the past 100 years. 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.”