Camille Orito wins the NCGA Women's Amateur
Winner Camille Orito (middle) and runner-up finishers <br>Emily Laskin (L) and Samantha Hutchison (R)</br> (NCGA Photo)</br>
Winner Camille Orito (middle) and runner-up finishers
Emily Laskin (L) and Samantha Hutchison (R)
(NCGA Photo)

SEASIDE, CA (June 14, 2016) -- It was a record-breaking performance by New Mexico State senior Camille Orito.

A day after carding a women’s course record 6-under 66 at Poppy Hills, Orito slowed down with a 1-over 73 at par-72 Black Horse Golf Course in Seaside. Hitting the brakes a bit didn’t matter, however, as Orito cruised to a nine-stroke win in the annual NCGA Women’s Amateur Championship with a championship record two-day score of 5-under 139.

The previous low two-day total for the championship was 142, co-held by Devon Brown (2011) and Audra Kepler (2014).

Orito, who finished third at last year’s championship, had entered the final round with a comfy five-shot cushion. She would never be threatened.Emily Laskin of Elk Grove and UC Davis sophomore Samantha Hutchison finished tied for second at 148 following final rounds of 76 and 77, respectively.


Rocklin resident Lynne Cowan put on her own record-setting show. Albeit she topped herself.

Cowan shot a final round 1-over 73 Tuesday at par-72 Black Horse Golf Course to finish not only with an eight shot win, but a record two-day total of even-par 144. The previous Senior women’s low two-day total had been 148, shot by Cowan when she won the title in 2014.

With the victory, Cowan joined Marianne Towersey (2007, 2012) and record three-time winner Pat Cornett (2009, 2010, 2015) as the only players to have two or more Senior crowns.

A day after carding a 1-under 71 at Poppy Hills, Cowan posted three birdies to go against four bogeys.

Runner-up Karen Garcia, the defending U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur champion, shot 78 to finish at 152. Garcia, who entered the event leading the race for NCGA Senior Women’s Player of the Year honors, had started the day only three back of Cowan.

Cornett had an 81 to finish third at 157.

ABOUT THE NCGA Women's Amateur

The NCGA Women’s Amateur Championship is the association’s premier event for female golfers. Field limited to 76 eligible players in the championship division and 24 players in the senior division. All female golfers with a handicap index of 7.4 or less (or 18.4 or less for seniors) are eligible to enter. Format: 36 holes stroke play (18 holes per day).

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