Only sub-par round in stroke-play qualifying gives Creekmore the win

TULSA, Okla. -- Carolyn Creekmore shot a 2-under 69 on Sunday for a three-stroke victory in stroke-play qualifying for the USGA Senior Women's Amateur.

The 56-year-old Creekmore, from Dallas, had an even-par 142 total on the Tulsa Country Club course to top the 64 match-play qualifiers.

Creekmore, the 2004 champion, had nine one-putts and made four birdies on her last nine holes en route to the only sub-par round in the 50-and-over championship on the 5,760-yard course that was the site of the 1960 U.S. Women's Amateur.

"I really want to do it again," said Creekmore, who reached the quarterfinals of the recent U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur. "I just want to validate that I am good enough and my win wasn't a fluke. I was as good that week [in 2004] as I've ever been. I've never been that good, but I was pretty good today. This is so much fun, it's scary."

U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur champion Joan Higgins, 52, of Glendora, Calif., shot a 74 to finish second at 3 over. Noreen Mohler, 54, of Bethlehem, Pa., had a 78 to tie for third with Maggie Weder, 50, of Greenville, N.C., at 7 over.

Four-time champion Carol Semple Thompson, 59, of Sewickley, Pa., shot a 76 to easily qualify at 11 over. Defending champion Anna Schultz, 54, of Rockwall, Texas, also advanced, shooting a 75 for a 12-over total.