By Laura Doman
Pink carnations were laid beside each board position. Beautiful flowers in vases graced the tournament directors’ informatics table. Yes, this was the site for the annual Georgia Women’s Open tournament, which hosted sixteen women and girls on Saturday, September 20 at the Wyndham Atlanta Galleria Hotel.
The tournament ran concurrently with the 2014 Senior Open, which took place on both Saturday and Sunday at the same location. As with the Senior tournament, the GA Women’s Open drew players from outside Georgia. The De Credico family, in fact, played in both tournaments, with the father competing in the Senior Open while his three young daughters played in the Women’s Open
Each of the three sections had a mix of adult and scholastic players, giving everyone the opportunity to compete against different styles of play and players whom they ordinarily would not have faced. Jayashree Sekar came back from a tough first round loss to win her next two rounds in the Premiere section’s four player round-robin. A seasoned tournament player, Sekar’s determination carried her to a tie for first place with Samhitha Dasari, with Sekar winning the first place trophy on a head-to-head tie break. Sekar’s win also awarded her a $500 stipend to attend the U.S. Women’s Open and free entry to the 2015 Georgia State Championship. A tie-break also determined third place, with Zoe Justice taking the prize.
The Under 1400 section saw an aggressive final round match, with Zsofia De Credico winning first place, followed by Rachel Doman in second and top-rated Ekaterina Zaimov claiming the third place trophy. In the Under 800 section, Niyomi Himan won the first place prize, Saanjali took second, and Render Cutts placed third.
Tournament Director Susan Justice commented, “This was the fourth year of the Georgia Women’s Open. I had participated as a player in the previous three years, so I was delighted to have had the opportunity to serve in the role of Chief TD for the first time this year. With excellent support from Greg Maness, a seasoned tournament director (who ran the GA Senior Open the same weekend), I gained valuable experience and hope to serve in the TD role again in the future for the GCA.”
Thank you to all the talented women that came to play on the beautiful first weekend in fall! We look forward to hosting you again next year.