Jacksonville Sports Day

GOLF: Lauren Waidner is the 2018 First Coast Amateur Champion

2018 First Coast Amateur champion Lauren Waidner.

Rising University of Florida sophomore Lauren Waidner of Fleming Island, FL defeated Hannah Berman of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL and Chloe Schiavone of Jacksonville, FL with a birdie on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff to win the First Coast Women’s Amateur today at Timuquana Country Club.

The Fleming High grad claimed the crown with a 15-footer on Timuquana’s first hole, with Berman and Schiavone missing from 10 feet and 16 feet, respectively. The trio matched pars on the first extra hole, No. 18.

Playing in the final grouping, Waidner (73), Berman (73) and Schiavone (74) finished the 36 holes of regulation play at even-par 144. Key to Waidner’s victory was an 18-foot par save on the par-3 16th after she came up short from a front bunker.

Schiavone, a rising Bolles School junior who has already committed to Notre Dame, surrendered the lead with bogeys on Nos. 16 and 17.

Berman, a junior to-be at Jacksonville University, clawed her way back into contention with birdies on Nos. 10 and 14.

Defending champion Ramya Meenakshisundaram was fifth, three shots back.

Champion Lauren Waidner, with runners-up Hannah Berman and Chloe Schiavone (left to right).

In the Senior division, Tama Caldabaugh of The Plantation at Ponte Vedra won by five shots over Therese Quinn of Jacksonville with a pair of 72s. It was Caldabaugh’s second title in five tries.

Another Plantation member, Carol Williams, took home the Super Senior title in convincing fashion, defeating B.J. Hayden of Middleburg, FL by 17 shots. Williams posted scores of 78-83.

Champions Tama Caldabaugh (Senior), Lauren Waidner (FCWA) and Carol Williams (Super Senior).

Complete results for the Championship are available at www.jaxareagolf.org or jax.bluegolf.com (click on First Coast Women’s Amateur).

The championship enjoyed the support of two major sponsors, Brooks Rehabilitation and Therese Quinn State Farm Insurance Agency, as well as that of several contributing sponsors, LoveTooPar, Pet  Paradise, Hampton Golf, Edwin Watts, Campbell Chiropractic, Jim Ragland Golf Academy, Ion Loop, Ovarian Cancer Awareness, FootJoy and Wellspring Health and Sports Performance.

For the second year in a row, the First Coast Women’s Amateur was an official event on the Jacksonville Area Golf Association (JAGA) tournament schedule. JAGA played an active role in organizing the championship, with Kevin Glynn of JAGA serving as tournament director.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Reporting by Jacksonville Times-Union golf writer Garry Smits was used to produce this recap.

Timuquana Country Club, Jacksonville, FL / Par 72

-Leading Scores-

Championship Flight (top 10)
1          Lauren Waidner                       Fleming Island, FL              71-73–144  E
T2        Hannah Berman                      Ponte Vedra Beach, FL      71-73–144  E
T2        Chloe Schiavone                     Jacksonville, FL                  70-74–144  E
4          Nicolette Donovan                   Ponte Vedra Beach, FL      72-74–146 +2
5          Ramya Meenakshisundaram   Jacksonville, FL                  74-73–147 +3
T6        Teresa Conroy                         Tallahassee, FL                   78-73–151 +7
T6        Sara McKevitt                          Ponte Vedra Beach, FL       76-75–151 +7
T6        Lisa Colee                                Deland, FL                          75-76–151 +7
T9        Celeste Valinho                       Jacksonville, FL                  77-75–152 +8
T9        Tori Mouton                              St Johns, FL                       74-78–152 +8
T9        Seoyon Kwon                          Jacksonville, FL                  75-77–152 +8
T9        Lara Van Staden                      Winter Springs, FL             73-79–152 +8

Senior Flight (top 5)
1   Tama Caldabaugh   Ponte Vedra Beach, FL           72-72–144 E
2   Therese Quinn       Jacksonville, FL                       75-74–149 +5
3   Susie Fonde            Jacksonville, FL                       79-74–153 +9
4   Christine Hunt        Ponte Vedra Beach, FL            76-79–155 +11
5   Debbie Caruso      Ponte Vedra, FL                       83-81–164 +20

Super Senior (top 5)
1   Carol Williams       Ponte Vedra Beach, FL            78-83–161 +17
2   BJ Hayden              Middleburg, FL                        88-90–178 +34
3   Sach Price               Ponte Vedra Bch, FL                91-89–180 +36
T4  Shan Giordano       St. Augustine, FL                     96-86–182 +38
T4  Kathleen Walker   Fernandina Beach, FL              91-91–182 +38


  • July 9-10 – GREATER JACKSONVILLE JUNIOR (in conjunction with the NFJGT) at Eagle Harbor GC.
  • July 20-22 – 57th JACKSONVILLE AMATEUR at Jacksonville G&CC.


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