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Carson claims Women's Eastern Senior with hot final round
Palmetto Hall Golf (Palmetto Hall photo)
Palmetto Hall Golf (Palmetto Hall photo)

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (Oct. 24, 2018) – Laura Carson has had two notable senior starts this summer, and now she has a senior win. Carson, the Vero Beach, Fla., native who earlier this month got to play the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur in her hometown, won the Women’s Eastern Senior Amateur on Wednesday after a stellar final round.

Carson got better every day at Palmetto Hall Plantation’s Arthur Hills Course. The 62-year-old started with an 83, came back with 78, and on Wednesday, had a 2-over 74 to seal a three-shot victory. It was the lowest round of the tournament by four shots.

Carson was an early leader in the 1987 U.S. Women’s Open at Plainfield Country Club in New Jersey when she birdied the opening hole. She was in the first group off. This summer, she competed in the inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open, missing the cut. Carson’s husband, Bruce, was the first Director of Golf at the Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club, where the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur was played earlier this month. Carson made it to match play, but fell in the first round.

Shelley Savage was second, three shots behind Carson. Savage opened with back-to-back rounds of 79, but fell to 80 in the final round. Susan Temple was another two shots behind that, in third, and another Floridian, Tama Caldabaugh, finished fourth at 28 over.

ABOUT THE Women's Eastern Senior Amateur

The Championship is open to female amateur golfers who will have reached their 50th birthday, have a certified handicap index of 17.5 or less, and belong to a Women’s Eastern Golf Association (WEGA) Member Club. Clubs in the following states are eligible to join the Association: Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

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