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Carolinas (CGA) Women's Match Play Championship

LEXINGTON, NC (July 14, 2005) -- Semi-final and Final round results of the 8th Carolinas Women’s Amateur Match Play Championship hosted by Sapona CC in Lexington, NC July 14, 2005. Par 35-37--72, 5772 yards.

Whitney Simons of Aiken, SC felt like Sapona CC was her home. She defeated 2002 Carolinas Women Match Play runner-up, Michelle Jarman 4&3. "I have played 10 rounds of golf on this course over the past two weeks, I feel right at home here at Sapona CC." Simons also qualified for the U.S. Women’s Amateur qualifier in Atlanta the week prior and feels that helped her to know exactly where to hit the ball and where not to hit the ball during her matches this week. Patricia Brogden, the only non-college golfer in the final four, had a rough day with the putter and could not keep Simons at bay in her early morning match.

UNCW rising senior and golf team member, Michelle Jarman shot an unbelievable 5-under par round in the semi-final match but everything seemed to change in the finals against Simons. "My driver let me down this afternoon - when you can’t hit the fairway you can’t score."

This is Simons first CGA win. She vows to return next year to defend her title where she will be seeded number one in the championship flight for match play.

This championship is conducted by the Carolinas Golf Association.

Semifinals

Whitney Simons, Aiken, SC def. Patricia Brogden, Garner, NC, 5&3

Michelle Jarman, Wilmington, NC def. Lorraine Ballerano, Myrtle Beach, SC, 2&1

Finals

Simons def. Jarman, 4&3

Flight 1

Molly Birmingham df. Mattie Pufpaff, 1 up

Flight 1 consolation

Jennifer Adams df. Angela Stewart, 3&2

Flight 2

Pam Davison df. Carole Jones, 3&2

Flight 2 consolation

Ann Hoffman df. Stephanie Gryder, 4&3

Flight 3

Melissa Sage df. Tina Trimble, 3&1

Flight 3 consolation

Nancy Fitzgibbons df. Paula Edmund, 19 holes

Flight 4

Melanie Granville df. Joy Dove, 4&2

Flight 4 consolation

Carole Sandifer df. Babs McIntosh, 2&1

Flight 5

Kathy DeVore df. Trudy Shuford, 3&1

Flight 5 consolation

Sherry Piotti df. Carole Stone, 19 holes

Flight 6

Dot Mobley df. Betty MacDonald, 6&4 (36 hole match)



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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