Williams and Peterson to Square Off in Finals at MGA Women's Senior Match Play

June 25, 2022
By Nick Hunter

  BECKER, Minn. – Looking for her first Minnesota Golf Association Women’s Senior Amateur Match Play title in 11 seasons, Brenda Williams slipped past defending champion Claudia Pilot, 1-up, Saturday at Pebble Creek golf club to advance to the championship match.

When the tournament resumes Sunday, Williams will face 2020 MGA Women’s Senior Amateur champion and recent MGA Women’s Senior Amateur Four-Ball champion, Adele Peterson, in the finals. Williams fell behind Pilot early Saturday when Pilot carded birdie at the par-5 fifth, but would tie the match by winning the ninth with a par.

Winning both the 11th and 12th holes, Williams took the only lead she would need, hanging on for the win over Pilot, 1-up, to advance. Williams defeated Leigh Klasse during her only victory at the event in 2011 at The Jewel Golf Club.

Last season, Williams and Pilot combined to win their fourth MGA Women’s Senior Amateur Four-Ball Championship.

Peterson, a former LPGA Tour player, downed six-time champion Leigh Klasse Saturday, 2-up, to advance to the finals for the first time in her career. Klasse and Peterson traded birdies early during their match Saturday before Klasse took advantage of back-to-back bogeys by Peterson at the seventh and eighth holes.

Trailing by two through 11 holes, Peterson found her stride and would par her final seven holes to edge Klasse, 2-up, to advance to Sunday’s final round.

The 2022 MGA Women’s Senior Amateur Match Play Championship concludes Sunday with the final match scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. at Pebble Creek Golf Club.


Nick Hunter

Nick Hunter is entering his tenth season covering golf in Minnesota as news editor for the MGA's website. He resides in New Prague with his wife, Amber, and two sons.

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