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Tournament co-chairs Royce Sonnenberg and Barbara North were convinced competitive women's golf was still popular here. They believed the low turnout that ended the event in 1999 — after more than 30 years — was more about the public perception of OCC as a course that caused nightmares for golfers with its radical and relentless hills, weather chills and putting green thrills.
With the encouragement of head pro Andrew Feldmann, they reworked what used to be a low-net stroke play championship into a modified Stableford format. Those in Championship Flight the last two days got one point for bogey, two for par, three for birdie and four for eagle. Golfers in the other flights earned the same set of points, but used net scores with their handicaps.