Hershey, PA (Sports Network) - Ellen Port won five holes in a row on the back nine Thursday to defeat Jane Fitzgerald and capture the USGA Senior Women's Amateur Championship.
Port, 50, won this title in her first try. She is a 4-time U.S. Women's Mid- Amateur champion, including last year's event.
Fitzgerald, also 50 and also in her first USGA Senior Women's Amateur Championship, started well with a win at the first after Port made bogey. Port knotted things at the third, but a Fitzgerald par at No. 5 was enough to reclaim the lead.
Fitzgerald kept her 1-up cushion until the 11th and things unraveled in a big way. She found a cart path on 11, made bogey and lost the hole. The match was all-square and Port was about to go on a run that would give her the championship.
At the par-3 12th, Port rolled in a 12-foot birdie putt to take her first lead of the match. One hole later, Port made another 12-footer, this time for par, but also for a win.
Port captured the 14th to go 3-up and Fitzgerald handed the match to Port at the par-5 15th. Fitzgerald lost her ball in a brush near the green and she could do no better than double bogey.
Port was in much better shape on the hole, and won the 15th and the match.