Final Four determined at Carolina Women's Match Play
Mallory Hetzel after 2014 Carolina Women's Match Play title <br>(Carolinas Golf Association Photo)</br>
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 said.

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.

ABOUT THE Carolinas Women's Match Play

The Carolinas Women's Amateur Match Play Championship began in 1997 and annually crowns the women's amateur match play champion in the Carolinas. The championship is conducted at 18 holes of stroke play qualifying to determine seeding and flights for the Championship division and seeding for match play in the Carolinas division (shorter course). The Championship flight in the Championship division competes for the championship and is determined by the top-15 scores in stroke play qualifying. The Defending Champion is the automatic number one seed. Players who do not qualify for the Championship flight in the Championship division will be placed in flights and seeded based on qualifying score. The Carolinas division will play a shorter course and will be pre- flighted based on Handicap Index. Players will be seeded within their Carolinas flight based on qualifying score.

Entry is open to any female amateur golfer who has reached her 13th birthday, is a legal resident of North Carolina or South Carolina, is a member in good standing of a club which is a member of the Carolinas Golf Association and has an active GHIN® USGA Handicap Index®.

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