Originally created 05/29/99

Trimble falls to Weiss



AIKEN -- While Robin Weiss stroked in familiar waters, Tina Trimble drowned.

Weiss got by Tina Trimble 3-and-2 Friday at Woodside Plantation to claim her third Women's Southern Amateur championship.

"It's great," said Weiss, from Palm Beach (Fla) National Golf Club. "Anything can happen in match play, and anyone who can beat two Curtis Cup players, you have to have a lot of respect for them. But I'm thrilled with the way I played. I just love match play."

Weiss, who previously won Southern Am titles in 1984 and '88, faced a red-hot Trimble, who was playing in her first Southern Amateur. Trimble looked sharp all week, knocking off Curtis Cup players Virginia Grimes and Beth Bauer in the quarterfinals and semifinals, respectively.

Friday, however, was a different story for the Greensboro, N.C., resident who watched Weiss burn Woodside's Jones Course for a 70 in the morning round to take a six-hole lead going into the final 18 holes.

Things grew worse for Trimble as she found herself down seven after the front nine to the Palm Beach, Fla., real estate agent, who capitalized more off of Trimble's mistakes than her own spectacular play.

In the afternoon round, Trimble cut into Weiss' lead, but she was unable to take control. Even when Weiss struggled, Trimble couldn't make up the deficit. The Palm Beach resident picked up her first bogey of the day on No. 2 in the second round and added her second at No. 6.

But Trimble bogeyed both holes.

Trimble birdied three of the final five holes, but it was too little too late. Weiss closed out the 36-hole final after No. 16.

"I struggled until those last few holes," Trimble said. "I wasn't nervous, so I can't attribute it to that. It was a tough day mentally, but if I hadn't ended the day the way I did, I would be disappointed."

"I'm a little tired, but it's a good tired," Weiss said. "I knew she'd come out fighting in the afternoon, but I really did not get nervous."

Patrick Green covers sports in South Carolina for The Augusta Chronicle. He can be reached at (803) 648-1395.