The last time Lara Tennant had a homecoming in the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur, things didn’t turn out well. In her first season of eligibility, the Portland, Ore., native enjoyed a fantastic start at Waverley Country Club, earning medalist honors on her home course. But in the Round of 64, Tennant had an abrupt and premature exit as the No. 64 seed Courtney Myhrum eliminated the hometown favorite.
Now the champion of three of the last four U.S. Senior Women’s Amateurs, Tennant returns to the Grand Canyon State where she played collegiately at the University of Arizona in the 1980s. Troon Country Club in Scottsdale is the site of the 61st U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur, a place where her father, George, once belonged.
If Tennant can pull it off, she would join Carol Semple Thompson as the only four-time champions in the match-play era (1997-present).