STANLEY, N.C. (July 17, 2008)--The two senior women left in the field prevailed and advanced on into the final round of the 11th Carolinas Women's Match Play Championship on Thursday. But in the end, defending champ Patty Moore held off Maggie Weder for a 2-up victory.
Moore again started out strong against Weder, a former U.S. Marine who battles muscular sclerosis, sticking her opening approach shot to four feet and drained her birdie putt with confidence.
The two also went head to head throughout the afternoon and traded the lead until Weder made double after hitting her drive into the hazard on the ninth hole. Giving Moore a 2-up lead heading into the back nine.
The defending champ would then go 3-up after 11 holes and Weder had to dig deep inside herself to fight back.
"I really wanted this win for myself today," said Weder.
Moore would make a double on the par-4 13th hole after a three putt to drop her lead to 2-up heading into fourteen.
"Every time Maggie would stand over a putt I would be swallowing hard," Moore said.
Both players would halve fourteen and fifteen, then Weder hit a great drive on the 16th hole to allow her to reach the 378 yard par 4 in regulation while Moore's approach found the greenside bunker and she failed to get up and down.
After Moore missed her chance to close out Weder on the 17th hole, she teed up at the par-5 18th for the first time all week.
Moore's wedge shot would come within four feet of the flagstick and she made her birdie putt for the 2 up victory.
"What a great match this was," said Moore. "It was a lot of fun and I am proud to have defended my title."
Moore, a native of Charlotte, NC, faced off against 17-year-old Laura Wearn also of Charlotte, NC, in her first match of the day.
Moore came out strong winning the first two holes but Wearn fought back and found herself even after a few more holes of play. But Moore's steady play and Wearn's shaky putter helped Moore win by a 4 & 2 margin and earn another trip into the finals.
50-year-old Weder of Greenville, NC faced a tougher opponent in Brittany Beltran of Kannapolis, NC. Their match was back and forth all day with the two trading pars and birdies throughout the morning.
"The match came down to the last putt on the last hole," said Weder. "Brittany really wore me out mentally."
In the tournament division, Lu Hauser of Conover, NC won over Gwen Gore of Denver, NC by a 7 & 6 margin. The tournament division plays a shorter course.
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