Portland’s Lara Tennant claims third straight USGA Senior Women’s Amateur

Updated: September 30, 2021

Lara Tennant won her third consecutive U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur title with a 2 and 1 victory over Ellen Port in the final match   at The Lakewood Club in Point Clear, Ala.

Tennant, from Portland, becomes the first player in 20 years to win three in a row at the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur. Carol Semple Thompson was the last golfer to achieve the feat while winning four consecutive from 1999-2002.

The final match was originally scheduled for Wednesday but play was suspended after two holes due to inclement weather in the area. When it resumed Thursday, Tennant held a 1 up advantage but the match quickly evened up after she posted bogey on No. 3.

The two players traded holes on the front nine – Tennant winning Nos. 4 and 5, and Port taking Nos. 7 and 9 – to make the turn all square. Tennant pulled away on the back nine after Port faltered with a bogey on No. 12 and a double bogey on No. 14. Tennant sealed the victory with a par on No. 17.

Tennant recorded six wins in four days of tournament play. In addition to the title win over Port, Tennant defeated Susan Cohn (2 up – semifinal), Sally Krueger (3&2 – quarterfinal), Kelley Nittoli (2&1 – Round of 16), Juidth Kyrinis (19 holes – Round of 32) and Tina Barker (2&1 – Round of 64).

Tennant (72-71) also tied for individual medalist honors at 1-under par during the 36-hole stroke play qualifying portion of the event which occurred Sept. 10-11. 

Tennant won back-to-back U.S. Senior Women’s Am titles in 2018 and 2019. The 2020 event was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.