The Women’s Executive Division has been Jodi Sullivan’s and Betsy Aldrich’s field to lose the last couple years, and that’s how things set up again this week.
Sullivan is the defending champion and automatic first seed after she edged Aldrich in last year’s championship match. That flipped the script from the outcome in 2017 when Aldrich brought home the title.
Aldrich, the Resorters veteran from the Woodhill Country Club, was on her game again during Monday’s qualifying round. She shot a 2-under par 71, well in front of third seed Pam Marlow with an 82.
Aldrich used birdies on holes two, three and nine to shoot 2-under on the front. Her back nine included birdies on Nos. 14 and 15, with her only blemishes coming with bogeys on Nos. 4, 10 and 16.
The cut among the 12-person Women’s Executive field was a 92. Jen Cavers of Alexandria tied Lorrie Sienko of Mendota Heights with that score, but Cavers persevered through a playoff to earn the eighth seed in the championship flight and the right to face Sullivan in the first round.
Nancy Syverson of Alexandria shot an 83 to earn the fourth seed. Heidi Beckendorf of Andover also shot an 83 and is the fifth seed, while Tiffany Johnson of Maple Grove shot an 85 and Molly Baker of Surprise, Ariz. carded an 86.
The Women’s Executive Division will start match play at 12:51 p.m. from the first tee on Wednesday.