Senior Tri State was the brainchild of Pam Spikes of Arkansas, Sheila Haynes of Mississippi and Mary Edwards and Sandra Smith of Louisiana, who got together in the winter of 2010 and planned it. They patterned it after the Junior Tri State, which was begun in 2005. The thinking was to offer a competition for senior players to be a part of the team concept.
The inaugural event was held at Beau Pre in Natchez and was won by Arkansas. Louisiana hosted the next year at Black Bear in Delhi with Mississippi beating Arkansas in the last match of the day. Since then Arkansas has reeled off 4 straight wins, including 2015, which was held in Hot Springs. Mississippi will be hosting the 2016 event at Deerfield Country Club in Canton, MS on August 20 and 21.
Current co-captains Julie Harrison and Paula Karam have worked to establish criteria for the Senior Tri-State team:
1. Players must be 50 years or older on the first day of the Tri-State Senior Championship.
2.USGA Handicap Index not to exceed 12.4.
3.Players must participate in an LWGA Championship every two years. (Amateur, Mid-Amateur, Senior or Four-Ball)
4.Top three players and ties in the LWGA Senior Amateur will be automatically included.
5.Six players, based on overall performance in Amateur, Mid-Amateur and Senior Championships will be chosen. Consideration will also be given to performance in Regional (i.e. WSGA Senior) and National Championships.
6.Two players will be included based on special qualifying round or at the discretion of the Captains.
Adopted by LWGA Board of Directors 12/12/15
Senior Tri-State Team
USGA Women's Team
The USGA Women's Team Championship is held every two years and is comprised of three players from the 50 states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. They must be amateur, non-college players. High school girls may compete.
The 2015 event will be Sept. 10-12 at Dalhousie Golf Club in Cape Girardeau, MO. The competition consists of three days of 18-hole stroke play with the lowest two scores for each team counted each day. The team with the lowest aggregate score through 54 holes is the champion.
Louisiana’s State Amateur and Mid-Amateur champions are automatic selections to the team. If the Amateur champion happens to be a college player, then the runner-up finisher gets that spot. The third spot has generally been decided by letting the automatic qualifiers decide who they want as their third teammate. Because the course is played at about 6200 yards, our top players seem to know who would best be able to handle that yardage.
Two high schoolers, Kyndal Ardoin in 2007 and Julia Johnson in 2013, have competed for Louisiana. The 2013 team consisted of Johnson, Amateur Champ Sarah Davison and Mid-Amateur Champion Kay Daniel.
The contact person for the state for this event has traditionally been the State President since she is the one who receives all the correspondence from the USGA.