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Lewis wins Women's North and South Am

VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. (July 18, 2009) -Amelia Lewis rallied to win the North & South Women’s Amateur Saturday, defeating Cydney Clanton, 3 and 2, at Pinehurst No. 2.

Down 3 through 22 holes of the 36-hole final, Lewis, No. 63 in the Golfweek/Titleist Junior Rankings, made eagle on the par-5 fifth, the 23rd hole of the match, to cut into the lead, then won the 24th hole with par and the 26th with biride to square the match. She took the lead with a birdie on the 27th hole – Pinehurst’s par-3 ninth – then moved 2 up with a birdie on the next hole.

Lewis, who trailed 2 down after 18 holes, closed the match with a par on the par-4 16th.

The Jacksonville, Fla., native was runner-up earlier this year at the Harder Hall Amateur. She will attend Florida in the fall.

Clanton, a soon-to-be junior at Auburn, advanced to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links last month.

ABOUT THE North & South Women's Amateur

The Women's North & South has drawn the top amateur women from around the country. Three rounds of stroke play followed by four rounds of match play will determine the Champion. The 96 player field will be cut to a 16 player match play field and medalist honors. All stroke & match play rounds will be contested on Pinehurst No. 2. The top 16 players who qualify for match play will play two rounds a day until our champion is determined. Nine of the last 12 North & South Women’s Amateur champions have drawn paychecks as members of the LPGA Tour. The equation is near perfect. Win the North & South Am, go on to professional success at the highest level. North & South champions are among the legends of the game: Babe Zaharias, Louise Suggs, Peggy Kirk Bell, Hollis Stacey, Brandie Burton, Brittany Lang, Morgan Pressel and Yani Tseng. Along with the Women's North & South, Pinehurst Resort & Country Club annually plays host to the Men's North & South, the Junior North & South, and Senior Men's and Senior Women's North & South.

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