Mallory Hetzel after 2014 Carolina Women's Match Play title
(Carolinas Golf Association Photo)
ADVANCE, NC (July 7, 2016) -- Pendleton Bogache of
Myrtle Beach, S.C. survived a three-for-one playoff after
stroke-play qualifying to earn a date with two-time
defending champion Mallory Hetzel of Waynesville, N.C.
Bogache gave the defending champion all she could
handle. Bogache erased a two-down deficit by winning
the 11th and 12th holes. Hetzel, the Western Carolina
University Women's Golf Coach, responded by winning
No. 13 to take a one-up lead. The players halved the
remaining holes giving Hetzel the one-up victory and
allowing her to continue her title defense. "It was a
good match, she is a good player and it really could
have gone either way," Hetzel said.
Kayla Thompson of Whiteville, N.C. went up against
medalist Sarah Bae of Pinehurst, N.C. in the closest
match of the Round of 16. "I knew I had to play well to
compete," Thompson said. "The front nine was a birdie
fest and that was a lot of fun." Neither player led by
more than two holes, and after halving Nos. 16-18 the
match went an extra hole. Thompson knocked in a 20
foot birdie putt on No. 1, the 19th hole, to knock out the
medalist and advance.
Carley Cox of China Grove, N.C. found herself in a
three-down to Emily Stinson of Charlotte, N.C. after
seven holes. Cox used a hot putter to reverse her
fortunes, squaring the match on the 10th hole. "It
seemed like she could not miss out there," Stinson said.
Cox completed the comeback with a birdie on No. 17 to
win 3 and 2.
The rest of the Round of 16 matches in the
championship flight also made it to at least the 17th
hole except for Maddisen Cox. The Easley, S.C native
built a five-hole lead at the turn and ultimately
advanced to the quarterfinals after a 6 and 4 victory.
Hetzel played clean golf in her quarterfinal match
allowing her to cruise to a 7 and 5 victory over Hailey
Cleary of Lexington, S.C. "I made three birdies and no
bogeys, that is tough for anybody to beat." After her
Round of 16 match went the distance, Hetzel was
grateful to get out of the heat early. "If you can get a
match like that it is great, especially knowing you might
have to play two more tomorrow." The two time
defending champion is now two matches away from a
three-peat, but knocking on history's doorstep is not
going to faze her, "My name is alread on the trophy two
times, that is a good enough accomplishment. So it is
more just fun trying to go win it three times because
nobody has done that before."
Cecily Overbey of High Point N.C. got out to an
early lead in her quarterfinal match against Carley Cox.
Cox erased the two-hole deficit on the eigth hole.
Overbey never trailed in the match and won the 16th
hole to take a two-up lead with two holes remaining.
Cox was unable to manufacture another comeback and
Overbey moved on to the semifinals after a 3 and 1
victory. Overbey will face Hetzel in the semifinals.
Kayla Thompson looked to capatilze on the
momentum and confidence she gained in the Round of
16. "That first match gave me a little extra confidence
even though I knew I could play," Thompson said.
Ashley Thompson of Clyde, N.C. kept the match square
until the turn. Kayla Thompson proceeded to seize
control of the match, winning the next four holes en
route to a 3 and 2 victory. "I kept my driver in play all
day and that was the difference today. I feel good about
it going into tomorrow," the victorious Kayla Thompson
The final quarterfinal featuring Lea Venable of
Simpsonville, N.C. and Maddisen Cox was also square at
the halfway point. Cox was able to win No. 10 and 11 to
take a two-up lead. "Both of us hit the ball well which
made for a competitive match against a familiar face,"
Cox said after the match. After two victories Thursday,
the James Madison University rising junior moves within
two matches of her first CGA championship. Next up for
Cox will be Thompson in the semifinals.
The 19th Carolinas
Women Match Play Championship got underway
Wednesday morning with 35 of the best players in the
Carolinas vying for a spot in the 16-woman
championship bracket. Numerous players got off to a
steady start, none more so than Sarah Bae of Pinehurst,
N.C. who made the turn at four-under-par. Bae found
her rhythm early with a birdie on No. 2, then proceeded
to birdie three of the last four holes on the front side.
“I just tried to have fun with my group and see the
course so I would be ready for tomorrow,” Bae said.
The back nine at Bermuda Run Country Club
showed its teeth, playing nearly five strokes more
difficult than the front. Bae ignored the temptation to
focus on her opportunity to garner medalist honors and
simply wanted to “play steady golf coming in.” The
North Carolina State rising senior did just that, carding
a one-over-par 37, which tied for the best score on the
back side. That was more than enough for the four-time
CGA champion to claim medalist honors.
Bae had the opportunity to play with two-time
defending champion Mallory Hetzel of Waynesville, N.C.
“I enjoyed the day; we both have an appreciation for
the game. It was a fun round,” Bae said. As defending
champion, Hetzel will begin her title defense as the No.
1 seed. Not much will change for Bae as she heads into
the match play portion of the championship. “I need to
keep steady and focus on my game,” Bae said.
Much of the field anxiously awaited around the
scoreboard to see what the cut for the Championship
bracket was going to be. Ultimately Pendleton Bogache
of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Jaelyn Tindal of Rock Hill, S.C.,
and Morgan Laird of Waxhaw, N.C. found themselves in
a three-for-one playoff for the No. 16 seed after
shooting 77. All three ladies made par on No. 9, the first
playoff hole. The playoff continued to No. 1 where
Bogache, who is a rising sophomore at Georgetown,
knocked in a birdie to win the playoff.
The Championship bracket matches will begin at
8:00 a.m. Thursday. The rest of the field has been
flighted based on qualifying score and those matches
will immediately follow the Championship bracket. All
ties for seeds were determined by blind draw.
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