Fabulous Female Fivesome
Professional or amateur, teen phenom or veteran competitor, Westchester’s women golfers have made their marks on the game. These five are among the fiercest players in the sport—and have the trophies to prove it.
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Home Club: Westchester Country Club
Gail Flanagan starts a typical day during golf season by swimming 2,000 yards at the Hommocks pool in Mamaroneck. Then she works with clients of her business, Flanagan Fitness & Nutrition, for most of the day. As long as there is some daylight left, she usually ends up practicing her short game. Just prior to a tournament, Flanagan hones her stroke by sinking 110 three-foot putts in a row. If she doesn’t make them all, she starts again. She explains, “It’s all about giving it one hundred-ten percent on the course, which is what it takes to win.”
That kind of hard work made Flanagan one of the top players in Westchester. She’s a two-time New York State Amateur Champion, five-time Women’s Metropolitan Stroke Play Champion, and winner of the 2006 Women’s Met Open with birdies on three of the last five holes.
Flanagan attended Arizona State University on a golf scholarship and enjoyed a first career in finance and investments. Looking for something new, she went back to school for a master’s in applied physiology and nutrition, then opened Flanagan Fitness & Nutrition, at which she helps people find the edge they need to excel. Her clients include many of the area’s golf pros.
Although she’s all business on the golf course, one of Flanagan’s favorite partners is golf pro Dennis McCauley. She enjoys playing with him from the back tees and getting an earful as he “trash-talks and busts her chops.”
Next: Wendy Modic, Chappaqua