14th-seeded Sibel surprises No. 3 Pedano in match play

Posted: July 16, 2008

Huntingdon Valley's Catharine Sibel knocked off third-seeded Monica Anne Pedano of Springhaven in a first-round upset in the Women's Golf Association of Philadelphia's 111th Match Play Championship yesterday at Rolling Green Golf Club in Springfield, Delaware County.

Sibel, seeded 14th in the 16-player Championship Flight competing for the Glenna Collett Vare trophy, posted a 4-and-2 win and earned a berth in today's quarterfinals against Philadelphia Cricket Club's Alison Shoemaker.

In other first-round highlights, top-seeded Laura Ladden of Whitford started her bid for a seventh title with a 5-and-4 win, and former champion Liz Haines of Merion slipped past Commonwealth National's Karen Siegel, 1 up.

The Results

CHAMPIONSHIP FLIGHT

First round: Laura Ladden, Whitford, def. Mary Jo McWilliams, Llanerch, 5 and 4; Karen McFadden, Overbrook, def. Linda Kennedy, Commonwealth, 20 holes; Jackie Evans, Philadelphia Country, def. Avi Hockfield, White Manor, 1 up; Ann Laughlin, Riverton, def. Debra Smeltzer, Sandy Run, 6 and 5; Kerry Rutan, Philadelphia Cricket, def. Kelli Pry, Coatesville, 8 and 7; Liz Haines, Merion, def. Karen Siegel, Commonwealth, 1 up; Catharine Sibel, Huntingdon Valley, def. Monica Anne Pedano, Springhaven, 4 and 2; Alison Shoemaker, Phila. Cricket, def. Catherine Elliott, Applebrook, 3 and 1.

FIRST FLIGHT

First round: Sarah Pusey, Edgmont, def. Holly Spofford, Phila. Cricket, 5 and 4; Susan Klauder, Manufacturers, def. Anne Helfrich, Phila. Cricket, 6 and 5; Judith Dwyer, Lehigh, def. Susan Kirk, Tavistock, 2 and 1; Christine Hunt, Whitford, def. Jayne Saydah, RiverCrest, 9 and 7; Bonnie George, Philmont, def. Nancy Kolankiewicz, Deerwood, 2 up; Kimberley Simmons, Merion, def. Moira Bryers, North Hills, 19 holes; Lynne Zelner, Spring Ford, def. Gail Brown, Loch Nairn, 3 and 2; Sharon Eichenlaub, Sandy Run, def. Jan Albert, Phila. Cricket, 2 up.

SECOND FLIGHT

First round: Maureen Koerwer, Huntingdon Valley, def. Judy Holsten, Rolling Green, 4 and 2; Pat Carbone, Old York Road, def. Karen Hill, DuPont, 4 and 3; Ruth Averback, Cedarbrook, def. Beverly Jennings, Gulph Mills, 6 and 4; Sonja Stutchfield, Little Mill, def. Christine Gregor, Huntingdon Valley, 2 up; Renee Clarke, Penn Oaks, def. Helena Johanson, Phila. Cricket, 1 up; Debra Wycoff, Whitemarsh Valley, def. Marsha Herb, RiverCrest, 6 and 5; Caitlin O'Connor, Huntingdon Valley, def. Gwen Dolceamore, Riverton, 8 and 7; Martha Robinson, Lookaway, def. Muffy McCabe, Phila. Country, 3 and 2.

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