Ruth Golden's streak as champion of the Steamboat Ladies Golf Association has come to an end.
Golden reigned as champion for the past four years -- but not any more.
On the final day of the association's annual tournament, Mary Effinger came from behind to take the lead and the crown from the perennial champion. Effinger's rounds of 84 and 93 at the Steamboat Golf Club helped her slip past Golden by a single stroke in the final results.
"Everybody comes into this tournament wanting to beat Ruth," Effinger said. "This year, it just happened to be me."
Effinger finished the two-round tournament, which was played Aug. 2 and 9, with a combined score of 177. Golden led the first round with an 82 but struggled on the second day to finish with 178.
"I'm really happy to see a new champion," Golden said. "Mary is playing great golf right now, and I think she will represent the association well."
Despite winning the crown, Effinger isn't letting the victory go to her head.
"Ruth is a terrific golfer and a wonderful club champion," Effinger said. "She has set the standard. I just happened to beat her this time."
In the net division, Maggie Subr won the title with adjusted rounds of 64 and 65 to finish at 129. Ruth McClelland and Sue Carpenter tied for second with scores of 138.
Steamboat Golf Club Man-ager Scott Matthews said eight women played in the tournament. He said the weather was about the same for both rounds but that pin placement could also have led to some higher scores on the second day.
The Steamboat Ladies Golf Association also held its 9-hole senior ladies championships Tuesday.
Subr won the tournament with a score of 42, and Golden was second at 44 in the gross division.
The net title went to Carpenter, who shot a 29.5. Sue Leeson was second at 30.
The Steamboat Golf Club will host its club championships Aug. 27 and 28.
The 36-hole tournament will feature men's and women's divisions.
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