CLARKSBURG -Parkersburg golfer Sue Goldcamp kept her home course in mind and didn't get overly aggressive with the putter while winning the West Virginia Women's Senior Amateur championship Wednesday afternoon at Clarksburg Country Club.
"For this tournament, I got the speed of the greens down after the first couple of holes then putted well the rest of the day," said Goldcamp, who calls South Hills Golf Club her home course. "The greens were comparable to South Hills, which are difficult but nice. There's a lot of sidehill putts and that's what I had at Clarksburg.
"I felt comfortable because I was used to playing those type of greens."
Goldcamp established a three-stroke lead after the first round on Tuesday after shooting a 5-over par 75. Caroline Ramsey from Bridgeport was the only golfer within eight strokes of Goldcamp entering the final round but could not make up any ground as both ladies shot a 75 on Wednesday.
"This is fantastic - I don't think I've come down from could nine yet," Goldcamp said. "I hit the ball well and never got into any trouble, There were only a few shots out of the rough."
Goldcamp is originally from Ironton, Ohio. She attended college in Charleston on a softball and basketball scholarship and never left the state after retiring from United Parcel Service.
She didn't take up the game of golf until she was 33 years old.
"I was never exposed to golf until then," Goldcamp said. "As I got older, knee injuries prevented me from continuing to play softball and basketball.
"I remember a bunch of us ex-softball players picking up golf. We used our softball swing, and aimed left to get it in the fairway."
Since becoming eligible for the seniors division five years ago, Goldcamp has competed in three West Virginia Women's Senior Amateur tournaments. She missed one year trying to recover from a broken wrist, which still causes soreness following consecutive rounds of golf.
"I fell down my basement steps trying to carry too many items," Goldcamp recalls. "I still have a rod and seven or eight screws in the wrist. "When I play golf, most of the pain is after the fact."
Goldcamp also tore a tendon in her thumb on that same wrist a month ago and is pushing back her surgery for that injury until after the West Virginia Women's Amateur July 29-Aug. 1 at The Resort at Glade Springs. In the meantime, she wears a brace.
"It's one of those things you get used to," Goldcamp said. "You do what you have to do and deal with it afterwards."