Kennedy, Shorb set for championship golf showdown


Going into the Women's York County Amateur Golf Association championship, it seemed like a given that Amy Kennedy and Connie Shorb would face each other in the final match.

Amy Kennedy, right, hugs Connie Shorb at the end of the Women's York County Amateur Golf Association Championship in 2014. The two will face off in the 2016 championship match on Thursday. Bil Bowden photos.

Now, it's become reality.

On Wednesday, both Shorb and Kennedy advanced to Thursday's championship match at Out Door Country Club, albeit in different fashions.

Kennedy, who's the No. 1 seed in the tournament, was tested by No. 4 Gracie Divet. Divet took Kennedy all the way to the 17th hole before Kennedy finally closed out the match with a 2&1 victory.

Meanwhile, the second-seeded Shorb again cruised in her match, dispatching No. 3 Susan Konstalid, 5&4. It was the second straight day that Shorb finished her match in quick fashion, winning her first-round match, 7&6. Through two rounds, Shorb has needed just 26 holes to earn her usual spot in the championship round.

A Kennedy-vs.-Shorb final seemed like a formality, given the success that both women have had in the tournament. Shorb is, without a doubt, the most accomplished women's golfer in the history of the event, winning the match-play tournament a record 31 times. However, Kennedy has been a force of late, winning seven titles of her own, including last year's event, when Shorb did not play.

The last time the two York County legends faced off came in 2014, when Kennedy bested Shorb in the title match. Shorb's last title came in 2013.

Shorb and Kennedy are expected to tee off at 9:40 a.m. Thursday.