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Women's Trans National Amateur Championship

SOUTHERN PINES, NC (July 23, 2005) -- Friday, July 22, was a good day for University of New Mexico student, Giselle Claux. She teed off #11 at Mid Pines Golf Club in her match against Medallist Paige Mackenzie with a 5 iron and made a hole in one. She said, "I hit it real well...drew it too much but it kicked right and went in the hole." Unfortunately Giselle lost her match to the #1 seed Paige despite her hole-in-one. She commented "Paige is a great player. I missed a couple of putts and that's all it took." We still think Giselle is a champ!

Play was suspended at 5 pm Friday afternoon due to lightning and rain, with the expectation that players would be back on the course in an hour or so. Well, the storm turned into the biggest thunderstorm to hit Southern Pines in 26 years. More than five inches of rain fell, power lines came down and trees were struck by lightning all over the area. This morning at 5 am the greenskeeping crew at Mid Pines GC was on the course doing massive clean up of pine needles, branch debris and pine cones. When the TRANS directors arrived at 6 am, they joined the cleanup crew with rakes in hand, clearing the fairways. After two hours of joint effort, the course almost looked as though there had not been a storm. Players were able to resume their unfinished matches at 8:30 am.

No golf clubs, no golf clothes, no golf shoes, no luggage (thanks to US Airways) for four days with a major tournament to play...that's what Eva Yoe from W. Los Angeles, CA faced when she arrived at Mid Pines on Sunday night.. However, the Trans Directors put their heads and belongings together and came up with two sets of clubs, a relatively new pair of golf shoes, and a semi-complete wardrobe for her. Eva's luggage arrived the day she left, just in time for her flight home.

And the best Trans story of all: Sarah Martin's parents from Grosse Ile, Michigan, got in their car last night at 8 pm and drove eleven hours straight through to Mid Pines GC, arriving at 7 am this morning. Mr. Martin then caddied for his daughter!

Today, Mediallist Page Mackenzie defeated Sarah Martin 1 up in the quarterfinals, then defeated Sophia Sheridan 4and 3 in the semi finals. She will play Elizabeth Janangelo of Duke University in the 36-hole final tomorrow, teeing off at 8 am.

Kate Ackerson won the First Flight over Brittany Adams, 4 and 3. Emily Hoeper won the Second Flight over Audrey Gale, 1 up. Natalie McNicholas won the Third Flight over Ellen Hoeper, 2 and 1. Donna Marden won the Fourth Flight over Rita Albertson, 19 holes.

ABOUT THE Women's Trans National

The inaugural event, held in 1927 at Blue Hills Country Club in Kansas City, Mo. set off decades of successful tournament across the United States, conducted by an organization then named the Missouri Valley Women's Golf Association. A year later, the name became the Women's Trans-Mississippi Golf Association, evolving into the Women's Trans National Golf Association by 1953 to include all states. This 72-hole stroke play event spans the nation and has been hosted at some of the country finest courses, including Persimmon Ridge in Kentucky, Stonewall Links in Pennsylvania, and Eugene Country Club in Oregon.

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