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NORTON, Massachusetts – The Women’s Stroke Play Championship for the Baker Trophy will be a late-summer event instead of an early-summer event this year.
The championship, originally set for June, has been rescheduled to September 2-3 at The Club at New Seabury in Mashpee. Registration is now open until August 13 and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Up until last year, the event was known as the Edith Noblit Baker Trophy, but it’s still affectionately referred to as “The Baker”.
New Seabury previously hosted this individual stroke play championship in 1966 and 1985, won by Patricia O’Brien and Muffy Marlio, respectively.
Hannah Ghelfi (Pocasset GC), a recent graduate of the University of Michigan, won the Championship last year on her home course. Prior to that, Shannon Johnson (Thorny Lea GC) had won four consecutive times. Tara Joy Connelly and Joanne Goodwin, a Mass Golf Hall of Famer, share the record with seven wins each.
Edith Noblit Baker, a five-time winner of the Massachusetts Women’s Amateur Championship, introduced this two-day annual stroke play tournament in 1950 while serving as president of what was then known as the Women’s Golf Association of Massachusetts (WGAM). The purpose was, “advancing the sociability of the game and a renewal of acquaintance.”
Competitors get to choose to compete in either the Championship Division or the Tournament Division. The winner of the Championship Division wins the Edith Noblit Baker Trophy.