NCGA Women's Amateur Championship: Andrea Wong (Champion) and Tiffany Lim (2nd). -- Courtesy NCGA
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (June 19, 2012) -- The final round wreaked havoc on the leaderboard at the 8th Annual NCGA Women’s Amateur Championship at Spyglass Hill on Tuesday, but one player in the final group was able to keep calm and edge out a 1-stroke come-from-behind victory.
Andrea Wong, recent graduate of Saint Ignatius College Prep in San Francisco, entered the day tied for second after an even-par 72 in the first round. She coupled her steady first round with a second-day total of 74 to finish 1-over for the championship. In total, she rolled in 25 pars, six bogeys and five birdies including a front-nine 34 in the final round.
Wong credits her play on the greens for the surge to the top to claim the trophy.
“Yesterday, I shot even par and I just hit lots of greens both days, so it was just a really solid two rounds of golf,” she said. “My speed was really good. These greens are really tough, so I definitely think it was the putting.”
Wong entered the day in a four-way tie for second and teed off with the last group of the day. While her playing partners faltered with rounds in the 80s, Wong looked to her contingent of friends walking the course with her to keep her calm through the final nine holes. The top scorers were tightly packed heading into the day and gave Wong confidence that her total tally of 146 would prove to be solid, but she knew there were other good rounds to be had from the field.
“I knew there was some solid players right ahead of me who were just one back to start the day so I just wanted to play steady,” said Wong, bound for UC-Davis in the fall. “But I just knew that I played pretty well so I would be right there.”
Coming in second in the championship division was Tiffany Lim of YOC Santa Teresa Junior GC, who posted a 72-75–147 for the silver medal. A three-way tie at 152 between Lauren Salazar of Castlewood CC, Holly Bare of eClub Fresno and NCGA Association club member Amy Alston rounded out the medalists.
Marianne Towersey went for the wire-to-wire victory in the senior division after coupling yesterday’s 73 with a 76 to sail to a 7-stroke victory. Towersey, from Corral de Tierra CC, punctuated her win with a closing birdie on the 36th hole, a 332-yard par 4.
“It was a downhill, probably 15-foot slick putt and just tapped it on the toe of my putter and it rolled right in the heart of the hole. A good way to end it off,” Towersey said with a smile. “I was rather surprised to win because I have had an injury and I was having a hard time breaking 80, which I seem to have overcome.”
Holding firm in second place was Terry Mayes of Las Margaritas GC, with a 75-81–156. The bronze medal went to Sally Krueger of Cypress Point Otters after she turned in a 79-78–157. Defending champion Sandra Woodruff, who began the round in third place, slipped to sixth after carding a second-round 86 to finish at 76-86–162.
Next year’s NCGA Women’s and Senior Women’s Amateur Championship will take place at Spyglass Hill and Spanish Bay June 10-11, 2013