Lang wins 3rd Senior Women’s Am title

September 26, 2008

TULSA, Okla.(AP) Diane Lang won the USGA Senior Women’s Amateur for the third time in four years, beating Toni Wiesner 6 and 5 Thursday at Tulsa Country Club.

The 53-year-old Lang, a Jamaican who lives in Weston, Fla., also won the 2005 and 2006 tournaments. The sixth player to win the event three or more times, she also was a semifinalist in 2007, making her 22-1 in four years in the event.

Lang won five consecutive holes to take a 6-up after 10 holes and ended it with a 16-foot par putt on the 13th hole.

“I’m really, really happy,” Lang said. “This is my most special one. This makes all the hard work worthwhile. I put in a lot of sweat and tears over the last year to get my name on that trophy again. For a little girl from Jamaica, that ain’t half bad.”

The 61-year-old Wiesner, from Fort Worth, was trying to become the first left-handed female USGA champion. She also lost the 1997 and 2000 finals.

“I don’t seem to be able to put it together in the final,” Wiesner said. “Maybe I put too much pressure on myself. I just couldn’t get off the tee today. My tee shots killed me. I feel like I have done a lot. This would have just been icing on the cake.”