by Mary Ann Souter
Overall Champions: Kerry and Samantha Postillion
The Postillions confirmed that golf is undeniably a generational bridge! Desert Forest’s mother/daughter team of Kerry and Samantha Postillion won the AWGA Four-Ball Championship on April 18-19 at Alta Mesa Country Club. Marking the event for these two +1 handicappers was a two-day score of 136, four shots lower than their nearest competitors.
Kerry said, “It was great watching my daughter play so well.” Samantha added that since she and her mom usually compete, it was fun being on the same team. “Samantha played great the second day, shooting 69,” Kerry said with pride.
Kerry is a two time past AWGA State Amateur Stroke Play Champion. She has played in the USGA Mid-Am multiple times finishing as Runner-Up three times and has played in the U.S. Amateur Championship several times.
19 year old Samantha is entering her junior year at University of Illinois on a golf scholarship. “I’m pretty excited about playing on their women’s team,” she said. Samantha practices every day for at least three or four hours, an attribute of a true champion. “If I keep on improving, I hope to play on the LPGA Tour after I finish college.”
Overall Net Champions: Lilly Deyden and Elaine Parkinson
Lilly and Elaine have been golfing together for several years and know how to complement each other’s game. “We were very lucky,” Elaine said. “When one of us had a challenging hole, the other came to the rescue.” Their team ended the tournament with a net score of 130.
“We thought we had a chance to win in our flight but we didn’t expect to win Overall Net,” Lilly said. Elaine added, “Early on the second day Lilly made a string of pars and had a few incredible putts, saving par with some long 12 to 15 footers on several holes.”
Elaine is a past AWGA State Match Play Champion, State Medallion Champion and qualified for the U.S. Amateur and twice for the USGA Mid-Am. Lilly participated in the 2009 AWGA State Match Play Championship and played the eventual champion to 21 holes in their match! She played in the USGA Mid-Am and Senior Am qualifiers. Lilly and Elaine are both Club Champions – Lilly at Mesa CC and Las Sendas and Elaine at Mesa CC and Desert Highlands.