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Portland golfer wins her third consecutive U.S. Senior Women's Amateur championship.

COURTESY PHOTO: KATHRYN RILEY/USGA - Lara Tennant holds the trophy she retained on Thursday by winning her third consecutive U.S. Senior Women's Amateur champiionship. She won six matches over four days at Point Clear, Alabama.Portland golfer Lara Tennant won her third consecutive U.S. Senior Women's Amateur championship on Thursday, Sept. 16.

Tennant defeated Ellen Port of St. Louis 2 and 1 in the final match at The Lakewood Club in Point Clear, Alabama.

Tennant won six matches over four days to capture the title. She is the first player to win three consecutive titles since Carol Semple Thompson won four in a row between 1999 and 2002.

Tennant also tied for medalist honors, shooting 1-under 143 in the 36-hole qualifying phase of the tournament.

"I love that trophy; it's so beautiful, and it's been at my house for quite a while, because of COVID and winning the two previous years, so I've gotten kind of attached to it," Tennant, 54, said at the post-match ceremony as reported by "It'll go in the front entry, where it's been now for three years, as a beautiful reminder of how lucky I am."

The final match was all square through nine holes, but Tennant gained the upper hand when Port, herself a champion of seven different USGA tournaments, had a bogey on No. 12 and a double bogey on No. 14.

To reach the final match, Tennant defeated Susan Cohn (2 up in the semifinal), Sally Krueger (3 and 2, quarterfinal), Kelley Nittoli (2 and 1, Round of 16), Judith Kyrinis (19 holes, Round of 32) and Tina Barker (2 and 1, Round of 64).

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