The RDGA Women's Championship - Danielle E. Downey Memorial
The Rochester District Golf Association's Women's Championship was held each year between 2010 and 2016 as an extension of the Distict's Women's Golf Initiative - becoming an integral part of the RDGA's efforts to provide the area's best women golfers an opportunity to compete against other top players on some of the most storied venues in the Rochester area.
Played as a two-day, 36-hole, stroke play competition, the RDGA Women's Championship was held each year concurrently with the RDGA Men's District Championship, with competitors teeing off in separate flights during the final two rounds of the Men's District Championship. The field was open to any women RDGA members with a USGA handicap index of 15.0 and under - and included those exempt from qualifying, such as past champions and/or the top-20 finishers from the the previous year's championship.
In 2014, the RDGA Women's Championship took on a new title, when in January of that year, 33-year-old Spencerport native Danielle Downey was killed in an auto accident near her alma mater at Auburn University in Alabama, where she was Director of Golf and coach for the women's golf team.
Having attained her dream of playing at the highest levels of women's golf - as an amateur, Division I collegiate player and a member of the LPGA Tour - one of Downey's life missions had been to support those young women who shared that dream of making golf their career. Recognizing those goals and other accomplishments - in life and in golf - the RDGA announced later that year that it was re-naming the annual Women's District Championship in her honor as the RDGA Women's Championship Danielle E. Downey Memorial.
In 2016, Jenna Hoecker of Brook-Lea Country Club earned her second Danielle E. Downey Memorial title, winning the RDGA Women's Championship by 10 shots over past champion Kristin Powers at Ridgemont Country Club. Hoecker posted the low score of the 36-hole Championship - a 76 - in the final round to win the title with a 9-over-par 153 total.
As it turned out, Hoecker's RDGA Women's Championship title would be the final one played under the existing format. In 2017, the decision was made to suspend the event while seeking out alternatives for a premier championship format for top women amateurs in Rochester.
|2016||Jenna Hoecker||Ridgemont Country Club|
|2015||Sara Eichelberger||Midvale Country Club|
|2014||Jenna Hoecker||Stafford Country Club|
|2013||Kristin Powers||Irondequoit Country Club|
|2012||Sara Eichelberger||Cobblestone Creek Country Club|
|2011||Danielle Fuss||Country Club of Rochester|
|2010||Stacey Lautenslager||Oak Hill Country Club (West)|
|Maggie Kril receives the RDGA Women's Senior Championship trophy following the inaugural RDGA Women's Senior Championship at Ridgemont Country Club in 2016. Presenting Kril with the trophy are RDGA President Dan Overbeck, left and RDGA Vice President Mark Battle, right.|
The RDGA Senior Women's Championship
The first - and, to date, only - Rochester District Golf Association's Senior Women's Championship was held in 2016 as an extension of the RDGA Women's Championship, as well as another opportunity to offer some of the area's best women golfers a chance to compete against other top players in the Rochester area.
Held concurrently with the RDGA Women's Championship, the RDGA Senior Women's Championship was also conducted as a two-day, 36-hole, stroke play competition, hosted by the same venue as the RDGA Men's District Championship. The field was open to any women RDGA members, age 50 and above, with a USGA handicap index of 15.0 and under.
|2016||Maggie Kril||Ridgemont Country Club|