Ann-Sofie Allen keeps on rolling
As far as Ann-Sofie Allen can tell, age is no obstacle on a golf course.
“There are so few sports you can better at my age,” she said. “In golf, you can. If you have a good short game, you can get much better.”
At 57 years young, Allen is showing no signs of slowing down after winning the Genoa Lakes Ladies’ Golf Club Championship Tournament for the third year in a row.
Allen, a native of Sweden who has lived in Carson Valley since 2009, won the 36-hole low-gross title with a 167 total after she shot 88 on Tuesday at the Genoa Lakes Ranch Course and came back with a 79 on Thursday on the Lakes Course. She won the championship by two shots over Sherrie Millichap, who finished at 169.
And for good measure, Allen shot a hole-in-one on the Lakes Course 12th hole for the second year in a row. The hole-in-one was her second of 2016 — including an ace on No. 14 at the Lakes Course during High Sierra Team Play — and her third in 13 months.
“I played golf for many years before my first hole-in-one, so to have three now, it’s just unbelievable,” she said, adding with a laugh. “If nothing else, I’m hitting the ball straighter, or I’m aiming better.”
Just like last year, Allen used an 8-iron for her shot on No. 12, which has a water hazard in front of the green. She said she never saw the ball fall in the cup — a distance of 107 yards — due to glare of the sun.
“We couldn’t find my ball and Mary (Zimmerman) said, ‘It’s probably in the hole,’ so she walked over and there it was,” Allen said.
More important, the ace enabled Allen to turn a one-shot deficit into a one-shot lead in her duel with Millichap for the tournament championship.
Millichap, who won the club President’s Cup tournament in July, shot 86 to take a two-shot lead in the first round and still led by one shot through the front nine on Thursday.
Allen held her lead over the final six holes, aided a birdie-4 on the 17th hole.
“It was very intense, very competitive and very fun,” said Allen, who won the 2015 club championship tournament by 14 shots. “Sherrie played very well. She played under her handicap both days.”
Overall, 20 players competed in four flights during the tournament.
The flight winners included Juanita Wells (172) for the first flight, Karen Smith (182) for the second flight, Wendy Oleson (196) for the third flight and Linda Thompson (213) in the fourth flight.
Among the highlights, Smith broke 90 for the first time in a Genoa Lakes Ladies’ Golf Club tournament.
“We have a very pleasant ladies group; we play every Tuesday and we’re all good friends,” Allen said of the club. “And Mary Zimmerman does an outstanding job as president.”