Reigning State Am champion Marisa Milligan of Normal heads a strong
list of early registrants. Among the challengers will be four-time
champion Kerry Postillion (1995, 1996, 1999, 2004) of Burr Ridge.
Other top contenders include three former Senior State Am champions:
Salley Wessels, Mount Morris, six times; Jackie Schwartz, Huntley,
four times; and Marlene Miller, Lake Bluff, two times. Another top
contender is Mary Ellen Jacobs of Godfrey, the 2000 Junior State
More than half of the entrants have handicaps of 10 or
less, with 18 entrants sporting USGA indexes of five or less.
Interested participants with handicaps of 30 or less may register
until the field of 96 is full.
Contestants from the Galesburg area are Barbara Empson, Cheri
Hosteng, Jeanette Stolte, Lorraine Gottenborg, Trisha Blake, Heidi
McCarthy, Gail Hannam, Lorie Larsen and Joyce Armstrong, all of
Galesburg; Jaleesa Burton, Monmouth; Marilyn Malley, Abingdon; and
Joanne Sholl, Lomax.
The field will be divided into flights after the Tuesday, June
13, qualifying round on the par-72, 5,756-yard, Tom Bendelow-designed
course. Contestants will compete in a match play format within those
flights for the remainder of the tournament. Trophies will be
awarded at the conclusion of the tournament on Friday afternoon,
The qualifying round will begin at 8 a.m. on June 13. Spectators
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Founded in 1933, the Illinois Women's Golf Association is an
all-volunteer organization devoted to advancing golf opportunities
for the women and girls of Illinois by conducting state championship
tournaments and through fundraising to support charitable
contributions to individuals and organizations that embody the
spirit of amateur golf.
In addition to running three state championship tournaments each
year, the all-volunteer IWGA, through its charitable giving,
actively supports women's golf teams in Illinois' public colleges,
the Evans Scholars Fund, veterans programs and the Susan G. Komen
Fund. Annually, IWGA awards the Julia Dodds Scholarship to an
outstanding junior golfer. Funding for these and other charitable
contributions comes primarily from clubs and associations sponsoring
an annual Victory Tournament. Grants totaled more than $24,000 in
IWGA board members, past tournament results and entry forms are
available at www.iwga.org.
Golf Association news release]