Eleana Collins Wins Carolinas Women's Am

STANLEY, NC (July 9, 2009)--Eleana Collins of Pinehurst, NC captured her 4th CGA championship title by defeating 55 year old Pat Brogden of Garner, NC 6 & 5. The 19 year old Collins plays for the University of Virginia Women's Golf Team and has had a strong junior career.

"I played pretty well today. I didn't make many mistakes and my putting was pretty strong," Collins said. Collins was 5 up with five holes to play when heavy storms started to threaten the area. She hit her approach shot on the green just left of the hole when she realized this was the same putt she had in her morning match. With a confident stroke she calmly made the putt for a birdie and the win. "I was just trying to snuggle it up there but all of a sudden it went in and the match was over. I am pretty excited." Collins is feeling confident in her game as she prepares for the North-South Women's Amateur Championship that will be held in her hometown next week.

Players were placed into fights for match play with the top 16 women competing for the overall championship.

This championship was conducted by the Carolinas Golf Association which is celebrating 100 years of serving amateur golf in the Carolinas. For more information on this championship visit http://www.carolinasgolf.org/tourn/2009/yearbook/wommatch.pdf.


Round of 16

(DC) Patty Moore, Charlotte, NC def. (78) Tiffany Robbins, Fort Mill, SC, 2 up
(76) Laura Wearn, Charlotte, NC def. (76) Taylor Barrett, York, SC, 2 up
(77) Virginia Mayer, Charlotte, NC def. (71) Adrienne Millican, Fuquay Varina, NC, 21 Holes
(74) Pat Brogden, Garner, NC def. (77) Maggie Weder, Greenville, NC, 2 & 1
(70) Eleana Collins, Pinehurst, NC def. (78) Tatum Briele, New Bern, NC, 3 & 2
(75) Courtney Taylor, Lincolnton, NC def. (76) Kathy Binkley, Cornelius, NC, 5 & 4
(71) Stephanie Wagstaff, Asheville, NC def. (78) Mattie Tobey, Denver, NC, 6 & 5
(75) Courtney Gunter, Matthews, NC def. (76) Julia Strandberg, Greensboro, NC, 5 & 4

Wearn def. Moore, 2 up
Brogden def. Mayer, 3 & 2
Collins def. Taylor, 4 & 2
Wagstaff def. Gunter, 3 & 2

Brogden def. Wearn, 3 & 2
Collins def. Wagstaff, 6 & 4

Eleana Collins, Pinehurst, NC def. Pat Brogden, Garner, NC, 6 & 5

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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