Ellen Port of St. Louis defeated Susan Cohn of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., 3 and 2, Thursday to successfully defend her USGA Senior Women's Amateur title at CordeValle in San Martin, Calif.
For Port, 52, it was her sixth USGA championship. Before she won her first Senior Women’s Amateur title last year, she was a four-time winner of the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur.
Port, the 2014 U.S. Curtis Cup captain, tied Glenna Collett Vare and Hollis Stacy for fourth place on the USGA's female victory list. JoAnne Carner is No. 1 with eight, and Carol Semple Thompson and Anne Quast Sander are tied for second with seven.
Cohn, 50, was playing in her first U.S. Senior Women's Amateur. She had not played in a USGA championship in 21 years.
''I love the spirit of amateurism,'' said Port, who is a high school teacher and golf coach. ''I think I'm just a true amateur at heart. I love everything about it, that you can have a well-rounded life. I've always been that way. I've never specialized really in a sport. It's almost like you can have it all, and I feel like today that's how I feel.''
Port got off to a fast start, winning the first three holes with two pars and a bogey.
''I tend to get off to a slow start for whatever reason,'' said Cohn, a 10-time Palm Beach County Women’s Amateur champion. ''I don't know if it's nerves, probably. Today, I joked to myself that it's not every day that you have the Golf Channel with you on the first tee. Ellen is as sweet as can be. She is a calming influence as an opponent. But, I wasn't settled. I can't blame it on everything. I hit bad shots.''