2014 Women’s Atlas Trophy Matches

The Atlas Public Team Goes 1 up  On The Last Hole To Tie The Matches And Retain The Trophy

By Cynthia Pinkard-Public Team Captain



Two beautiful days and the most exciting and intense golf I’ve seen in a while. Twenty-four of our states best women players, twelve from the public sector vying against twelve private club members, battled it out at the PohlCat, in Mt Pleasant on September 27th and 28th in this top notch match play competition.


2014_Atlas_Kaitlyn-Mardeusz_pThe Public Team was down 2 to 4 matches after the Four-Ball competition on Saturday morning. Saturday afternoon we finished 3 to 3 in the foursomes matches. Down 5 to 7 matches at the start on Sunday morning, we won 7 of the twelve singles matches, to finish in an overall tie, 12 to 12, with the Private team. Two of these 7 matches won were the last two matches of the day, which were won on the 17th and 18th holes. What a great comeback for the Women’s Atlas Trophy Matches Public Team! This was definitely more exciting than the Ryder Cup!! Congratulations to BOTH teams. Every player put their hearts into these games.


Both Public and Private teams were comprised of several MWGA members. MWGA members on the Public Team were:  Lauri Ponikiewski, Lori Rogers, Darci Stocker and Shelly Weiss.


MWGA members on the Private Team were: Donna Benford, Joan Garety, Donna Tepper and Maureen Whitehead. Both captains are MWGA members.


In addition, seven amazing juniors competed in the competition. They are Public Team: Lauren Ingle, Moyea Russell and Megan Watkins; Private Team: Elayna Bowser, Samantha Kellstrom, Megan Skoog, and Sarah White.


See the GAM website (www.gam.org) for the story, photos and results. More photos can be found on the Golf Association of Michigan, Facebook page.  Results and photos are also on the MWGA web site.