2016 WTNGA Amateur Champion
BETHANY WU, Diamond Bar, CA

Pictured with Past President Carol Fromuth, President Pat Will
and Tournament Director Mary Bea Porter-King

Final Scores
Qualifying Scores

Medalist Awards

Amateur Champion Runner-Up
Amanda Kim, O’Fallon, MO


Winners 3 thru 10
From Left to Right:

Tied for  3rd: Elizabeth Elmassian, Samantha Gotcher
5th Place: Elle Nachmann
Tied for 8th Place: Siyan Liu, Samatha Martirez
Tied for 10th Place: Abegail Arevalo, Katie Page
Tied for 6th Place: Ellen Port
Missing: Tied for 6th Place: Gabby Curtis

2016 TRANS AM Videos
CLICK HERE for an interview with Champion Bethany Wu
CLICK HERE for an interview with Ellen Port


Monday, July 11, 2016
Meet me in St Louis for the 86th Women’s TRANS National Amateur Golf Championship
The 86th Women’s TRANS National Golf Association Championship is being hosted by Lake Forest Country Club in Lake St. Louis, Missouri. The Women’s TRANS amateur is one of the longest, consecutively played women’s amateur championships in the country and it continues to draw a strong field of career amateurs, collegiate players, and LPGA hopefuls alike.
Lake Forest will be a challenging venue for the players competing in this year’s championship. The par 72 course will be set at 6,297 yards for the first two days of competition. Following Wednesday’s round, the field will be cut to the low 60 scores and ties after 36 holes are completed. The TRANS champion and runner-up will be crowned at the end of the 72-hole event on Friday, July 15.
A very strong international field of women amateur golfers will compete in this year’s 72-hole stroke play event at Lake Forest. Seven countries including USA, Australia, New Zealand, Venezuela, Philippines, Japan, and China are vying for team and individual titles. In addition, many of the top US women’s collegiate golf programs will be represented when 90 golfers tee it up on July 12. There are also 17 players representing their home state of Missouri in the TRANS this year.Spectators are always welcome to attend the TRANS during the championship week July 12 – July 15. Tee times start at 8:00 am of the 1st & 10th tees.  

Data about the FIELD:
17 Local players from Missouri

12 Juniors players
5  Mid-Am players 
58 Players have plus handicaps
63 Collegiate players
7 Countries are represented (USA, Argentina, Australia, Japan, Venezuela, China and Philippines)

TRANS National Championship Awards:
Medalist Awards for Junior, Mid-Am and Amateur (awarded Wednesday, July 13 following the completion of the 2nd round).
Overall Championship winner, runner-up and Team Trophy awarded following the completion of final round on Friday, July 15.

  • George III Champion Trophy: Amateur TRANS National Champion (Awarded Friday, after the completion of the Final round.)
  • Nancy Orr Tournament Medalist Trophy: It is presented to the player having the lowest score during qualifying. (Awarded Wednesday following the completion of the2nd round.)
  • Agnes Herndon Medalist Pin – The tournament medalist has the honor of wearing this pin for one year. (Awarded Wednesday following the completion of the 2nd round.)
  • Iva May McDonald Champion Runner-Up Trophy: Presented to the TRANS Champion Runner-up. (Awarded on Friday after the completion of the final round.) 
  • Grace Palmer Woodruff Senior Medalist Trophy: It is presented to the player over age fifty who has the lowest qualifying score. (Awarded Wednesday following the completion of 2nd round.)
  • TRANS Mid-Am Trophy: Mid Amateur Trophy: The award will be presented to a player 25 years of age or older with the lowest qualifying score. (Awarded Wednesday following the completion of 2nd round.)
  • Dorothy Pease Junior Medalist Trophy: The award is presented to a junior player, under the age of 18 with the lowest qualifying score. (Awarded Wednesday following the completion of 2nd round.)
  • Howell Team Trophy – 20 Club or university/college teams are competing. The trophy is awarded to the club or university/college whose two members have the lowest combined qualifying score. (Awarded Wednesday following the completion of the 2nd round.)

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Rain Rain Go Away … Bethany Wu still leads today with an impressive 2 under par 1st round — 2nd Round Play Suspended Due to Rain. 
Californian Bethany Wu leads the 1st round of the 86th Women’s TRANS National Golf Association Championship at Lake Forest Country Club in Lake St Louis, Missouri.  The rising UCLA sophomore and recently announced 2016 Curtis Cup Team USA Member carded a cool 2 under par 70 to lead the pack. Followed closely by Brielle Ward of Texas, who is attending Northern Illinois University, who shot a one under par 71. Bradley University’s Danielle Kay Lemek from Doniphan, Nebraska joined the sub par party also posting an impressive 71. With ninety players in the field, there were only 3 sub par rounds even though over half the field posted scores in the 70’s.
Lake Forest proved to be a fair but challenging course to this talented field. With over fifty-eight players with plus handicaps there is no question that this is an elite field with the many of the top women’s collegiate programs in the country represented.
Second round play was suspended for the day on Wednesday at 3:30 pm due to very strong thunderstorms. Players will be returning in the morning, hopefully without a delay, to finish their second rounds. Sixty players plus ties will advance to the final two 18-hole rounds of stroke play. Medalist awards will be presented following the completion of the 2nd round.
Second round tee times will be posted on our website. Third round play will continue following the completion of the second round.
To view some of the damage done by the wicked storm that suspended play…CLICK HERE for the 6th hole creek and CLICK HERE for the 8th hole creek. NOT A NICE STORM!!!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

The rain went away but left an amazing amount of damage; Lake Forest course superintendent did a fantastic job preparing the course for play.  
Matt Seiffert, the Lake Forest course superintendent and his crew were amazing; cleaning up debris swept into bunkers and fairways; draining bunkers of the record rainfall from the fierce storm on Wednesday; cutting new hole locations when the second round of play was completed to prepare the course for the third round of play.
To be certain that the second and third rounds of play would be completed on Thursday, both tee 1 and 10 would be used to start the third round. The weather cooperated with lower temperatures and humidity. The course was softened and the scores were dazzling. Clementina Rodriguez, Seattle, WA, set the pace with a 5 under 67, a steady round of 5 birds and no bogeys. Following close behind was Bethany Wu at 4 under par. Her round began with a bogey on the first hole but she erased that quickly with three birds on the front nine and two birds on the back nine. Local player Amanda Kim shot a one under 71; her front nine 37 was a roller coaster ride: an eagle on #4 and a bird on #3 helped her overcome a double bogey on #9, a bogey on #1, #5; her back nine 34 began with a bogey on  #10 but she quickly settled down with three birdies on #13, #14 and #18. Good way to end the day!
Spectators were enjoying the day not only because the sun was out and the temperatures were cooler but because the play was fun to watch. Having set up the course to a yardage of just under 6,300 yards, the players showed their talents not just long off the tee but with consistent approach shots for makeable putts. The day ended with smiles and NO STORMS!

Friday, July 15, 2016

Final Day Play continued to show the talent of these amateur players.
Normally the final round is scheduled to be played from the first tee only but the weather forecast dictated that possible storms could be coming our way. Mary Bea Porter-King and her tournament committee made a decision to start the final round using both tee #1 and #10. The players liked that approach which gave them more time to enjoy the after-play luncheon and the presentation of awards AND time to begin their journey home or to the next tournament.
What can you say about the final round 69’s by Amanda Kim, Bethany Wu, Ellen Port and Gabby Curtis? WOW!
six USGA championships to her credit, 53-year-old Ellen Port ranks among the most decorated players in all of golf. The St. Louis native, who also captained the  2014 U.S. Curtis Cup team to a 13-7 win over Great Britain and Ireland, has also achieved many awards too numerous to mention in the Missouri Women’s Golf Association. Ellen was asked to give an inspirational talk during the opening ceremonies on Monday, July 11. She did just that, relating her hopes and dreams and fears and superstitions. Her final round 69 shows the talent and drive that she still possesses for this game of golf.
Bethany Wu and Amanda Kim continued on their hot pursuit in the final round. Bethany started her round with birds on #1, #3 and #9 and a bogey on #4 for a 34; she followed that with a steady back nine 35. Amanda was rock solid showing 4 birds and 1 bogey for her 69. Gabby gave us a show…4 birds and 1 bogey for her 69. The weather was not a problem and the course recovered quickly from the Wednesday storms.
Missouri showed its normal temperament for July heat and humidity but the Lake Forest Country Club course superintendent and his crew showed their expertise for dealing with the extreme conditions. The bunkers were repaired quickly after the storm, the debris was removed as fast as possible and the entire crew proved how valuable they were in presenting a great venue for this tournament despite the weather.