WILSON, NC (April 19, 2017) - Last year's runner-up, Pat Brogden of Garner made a memorable mark Wednesday on North Carolina Senior Women's history, posting the tournament low round of four-under 68 to set a championship scoring record at two-under 142.
"68 was not on my mind this morning," said the 62-year-old Brogden. "But it certainly was fun."
Beginning the final round with a two shot lead over Angela Stewart of Greenville, Brogden avoided making a single bogey. Instead, three birdies on the outward nine catapulted her well in front of the field. She grinded out pars on the back nine to maintain her bogey-free round, making a handful of par-saving putts over four feet. After converting one such putt on the penultimate hole, Brogden let loose a volley of fist pumps. "It was important to me to avoid bogey all day," said Brogden after setting the women's course record at Wilson Country Club.
Only missing three greens on Wednesday, she also managed to avoid three putts the entire championship. Her fourteen stroke winning margin is another championship record. Defending champion Patty Moore of Charlotte, who had previously held the championship scoring record at 143, finished alone in second place at 156.
A three time winner of this event, Brogden had not won the championship since 2012. In recent years she battled injuries which kept her out of competition. "I've always respected this tournament," Brogden said, now holding seven overall CGA titles. "My goal is always to win it if I play."
2005 champion Dianne Yelovich of Pinehurst, won both the Carolinas Division and low Super Senior award (65+) with a two-day total of 158. The Carolinas Division plays a shorter course.
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