The third and final round of the 76th Missouri Women’s Amateur concluded Thursday at The GC of Creekmore in Raymore, MO. Ellen Port displayed amazing consistency and grit as she won her 9th Missouri Women’s by again holding off several younger challengers.
Ellen began the day tied at two-under with Oregon grad Sky Seo and three shots clear of Kansas State’s Gianna Misenhelter. The latter began the day with an eagle two on the first hole as she holed an 86 yard wedge shot and cut Port’s lead on her to one shot.
Port showed that she can practice what she preached to her winning 2014 Curtis Cup squad—“par is good, let them make the mistakes.” She reeled off ten straight pars to begin her final round, made birdie at 11 and bogey at 12, then strung together six more pars for a 72 and a two shot win. She said after, with her characteristic humility, “I hit 18 greens but had 36 putts as the greens were a bit slow and I maybe needed a heavier putter. My old eyes misread a few putts, but I guess I got the job done.”
Ellen is a native Kansas Citian who was an All-Metro basketball player at North Kansas City HS in 1979. This is the third time she has won the Amateur in the Kansas City area. Port ties the legendary Jimmy Jackson on the men’s side as the oldest winner of the Missouri Amateur. Jackson was also a 53-year-old when he won his fourth Amateur at St. Joseph CC in 1976.
Port will defend her back-to-back US Senior Women’s Amateur titles at historic Hollywood GC in Deal, NJ this September.