Earlier this year, 18 women signed up to participate in the SCPGA Women’s Match Play Championship seeking to stand alone and be crowned champion. After three months of tough matches at various courses around the Southern California PGA Section, fourteen women were sent home and only four remained. The final four women (Reina Rogers, Petra Cole, PGA, Julie Wells, PGA, and Jacqueline Kazarian) were treated to the semifinal and final matches at the beautiful Aviara Golf Club. The first match of the semifinals pitted the defending Champion Rogers against Cole, and after a back and forth match, it was Rogers who moved on to the finals with a score of 2 and 1. The second match in the semifinals was star studded; as the 2015 Women’s Player of the Year, Wells, took on the 2015 Women’s Apprentice Player of the Year, Kazarian. The match, however, did not live up to expectations, as Wells came out of the gates strong and dominated from the beginning. Her stout play guided her into the finals with a score of 7 and 6. The final match for the trophy and honor of being named champion was set between Rogers and Wells. Both players knew what was on the line and played terrific golf throughout the final match. The competition was so fierce between the two that the match was forced to go extra holes, and with a par on the 20th hole Wells was able to close the door on Rogers and become the 2016 SCPGA Women’s Match Play Champion. Congratulations Julie!
The Lone Survivor