A day late, but 45 points to the good, The Upstate’s Lea Venable secured her first WSCGA Player of the Year Award, a title originally awarded to perennial winner Dawn Woodard—before a recount of qualifying points set the matter straight.
Venable’s consistent play in the WSCGA State Championships, winning the Match Play Championship, finishing 6th at the WSCGA State Amateur, and 2nd in the WSCGA Team Championship, helped her edge Woodard by the 45-point margin. Woodard had won Player of the Year the last six years.
Along with some stellar state showings, Venable qualified for the USGA Women's Mid-Amateur, where she made it to round of 64, and finished 2nd in the CGA Women's Match Play Championship.
Off the golf course, Venable and husband Shawn run the family business, Electric Motor Service of Clinton, Inc., where Lea is the Accounts Manager.
No Recount Needed for Senior Honors
The Low Country's Lea Anne Brown (left) is coming off an outstanding year of golf in 2017, resulting in her fourth consecutive WSCGA Senior Player of the Year title.
Highlights of Brown’s 2017 season include: winning the WSCGA Senior Championship, making it to the Round of 64 in match play for the USGA Women's Senior Championship, and a runner-up at the CGA Senior Women's Championship.
When Lea Anne is not making birdies on the links she is the Membership Director at Bulls Bay Golf Club in Awendaw and is in the antique business.