Stewart Wins North Carolina Women's Senior

Asheboro, NC -- Final results of the 8th North Carolina Women's Senior Amateur Championship hosted by Pinewood Country Club in Asheboro, NC on Thursday, April 21, 2011. Par 36-36--72, 5578 yards. Course/slope rating: 72.9/128.

Dr. Angela Stewart of Greenville fired a three over par 75-151 to capture her first CGA Championship title by one stroke over defending champion, Pat Brogden of Garner. Both players started the day off tied for the lead and stayed neck and neck with each other throughout most of the round.

"We were back and forth," Brogden said. "Even though we weren't playing match play I felt like we were playing a match most of the day. She would make a birdie and go "1 up" on me and then I would make a putt and go "1 up" on her. It was a fun day and I couldn't be more happy for Angela (Stewart)."

Stewart said that staying patient was the key factor in claiming her first win. "I never got ahead of myself out there. I always tried to stay in the moment. When Pat (Brogden) would make a birdie I just kept telling myself to stay patient." Stewart said this win means a lot to her as this was the first time she ever won anything on such a large scale. Stewart had to make a 3 foot putt for par on the final hole to avoid a sudden death playoff with Brogden who is a six time CGA champion. "My hard work has finally paid off and I couldn't be happier."

Not only did Stewart capture her first major win but this is the first time in CGA history that an African American player has ever won a CGA championship. "I can't believe I am the first person to accomplish this," Stewart said. "I am honored and I hope I can serve as a role model for other African American players to come out and support the CGA. I especially hope I can encourage young girls to take up the game."

In the tournament division, Cynthia Curry of Charlotte captured both the Super Senior prize and the overall by two strokes over Lilia Rodriguez of Chapel Hill. This division plays a shorter course.

ABOUT THE North Carolina Women's Senior

Open to any female golfer 50 and older, a resident of North Carolina and a member of a CGA member club. The championship is contested over 36 holes of stroke play.

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