A One-of-a-Kind Concession

A high school amateur passed on a playoff, guaranteeing her young professional counterpart the first-place check

By Ryan French

Therese Warner didn’t know what to say after Kynadie Adams, an 18-year-old amateur, conceded a playoff on Thursday so the young professional could collect the $10,000 winner’s check.

“It means so much to me to have her do that for me,” Warner said. “I was speechless. I still kind of am really.”

The East Coast Women’s Pro Tour is a new developmental circuit with events in Florida and California. The Lake Jovita Women’s Championship, played at Lake Jovita Country Club in Dade City, Fla., was just the fifth event in the tour’s history. 

In the final round of the 54-hole event, Adams, a high school senior from Gallatin, Tenn., who has committed to Alabama, shot a 5-under 67 to grab a share of the lead. Warner played collegiately at Arizona before turning pro in January during her junior year. 

While Warner was finishing, Adams realized a playoff was possible, so she approached the ECWPT tournament director to ask how the prize money would be distributed in the event of a playoff. 

Mark Berman, tour director of the ECWPT, said the policy is that if an amateur wins, the first-place prize goes back into the purse and is evenly distributed among the players who finish in the money. (basically, Warner would have won around $5200 if she lost the playoff, instead of the $10,000 winners check) 

Upon hearing that, Adams talked with her father and then decided she would concede if she and Warner went to a playoff. Warner parred the last for a 70: she and Adams each had a 54-hole total of 7-under 209. Elizabeth Moon finished third, two shots back, after firing at final-round 64, the low round of the week by three shots. 

As Warner was signing her card, Adams informed the tournament director she would be conceding the playoff. “It’s an amazing gesture,” Berman said. “I didn’t know what to say. I can’t thank her enough.” Wagner added.

“I just didn’t feel right,” Adams said. “She would have won the tournament if I wasn’t in it, and I have played with Therese in junior golf and had played with her the second day. I know how much the win and the $10,000 would mean to her, and I thought it was the right thing to do.” 

It was an excellent gesture from an 18-year-old. May karma pay Adams back tenfold. 

3 thoughts on “A One-of-a-Kind Concession”

  1. As always Ryan another great story. And love to hear more about the women’s side as I have a wife and two teenage daughters who play. Keep up the good stuff!!

    1. Happy to help you navigate this landscape, Chris. As a developmental tour, that’s part of our mission – helping players navigate the many and complex paths to the LPGA Tour. We’ve been through it…our daughter is one of these players and we’ve learned a lot from being inside and outside the ropes with her. It’s why we started tour, to try to create more pathways. Happy to share some of that insight.

  2. Thanks, Ryan, for telling the story of these two amazing young women. This is why we started the ECWPGT – to create playing opportunities for women aspiring to the LPGA Tour and to shine a light on this amazing level of women’s golf inside and outside the ropes. Doubtless, you’ll be hearing more about these players and many of our players, as they continue their ascent to the big leagues. We’ve actually got 14 of our players in this week’s EPSON Tour event – and wishing every one of them equal amounts of luck!

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