Date: October 08, 2018
Author: Mark Hayes

Wooster fires again in Florida

Australian Sue Wooster has put herself in an ideal position leading into the match play phase of the US Senior Women's Amateur in Florida.

Wooster, 56, impressed for the second stroke play round in a row, this time as rain and strong winds lashed the Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club.

But they were no trouble to Wooster, whose game is honed on the wind-prone National Golf Club on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula, as she added a 74 to her opening 73 to sit three over and earn herself the fifth seeding for the knockout match play phase starting tomorrow.

"Today I felt like I hit it a little better than yesterday considering it was a lot windier and we had some really strong, squally rain showers come through, which was a bit testing on a few holes," Wooster said.

"Overall, two over was probably a pretty solid score.

"The rain came on the back nine (and) when the rain came, the wind really picked up. It was hard to hold your balance as your playing. It was challenging."

And so it proved with a handful of prominent players on day one fading a little during day two, leaving Wooster only four strokes behind medallist Pamela Kuong, of the United States.

Seven women will return overnight for a playoff for the final spot in the 64 who'll contest the match play section.

But after a good start today, that race was never really a factor for Wooster.

"I got off to a better start than yesterday, I doubled my first hole yesterday, (but) I hit it to two inches today so that was a bit of a contrast," she said with a grin.

"I’ve played four rounds here, so I feel pretty familiar with the holes and how the course plays, and the little ins and outs and what you have to look out for with the different grasses and the grains.

"I’m feeling pretty comfortable and pretty confident.

"I tried to go for a few more pins today to prepare myself and get ready for match play."

Wooster, a winner at the North and South Amateur at Pinehurst earlier this northern summer before succesfully defending her Canadian Senior crown, paid tribute to her coach, Melbourne-based PGA pro Andrew Pitt, for her ongoing form.

"He’s really gotten my game to another level. He’s a terrific coach, and he’s got my ball-striking up to another standard, which I’ve never been able to do before.

"I’d like to thank him and looking forward to getting a lesson from `Pitty' when I get home."