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Georgia Women's Match Play: Coble, Shirley to meet in finals

CARROLLTON, Ga. (June 16, 2011) -- The final match is set for the Georgia Women’s Match Play Championship, and Laura Coble of Augusta will take on Margaret Shirley of Athens on Friday at 8:30 a.m. at Sunset Hills Country Club. Coble is the two-time defending champion and has been victorious in Carrollton a total of eight times in the 13 previous years the event has been played.

To get to the final match, Coble defeated Kaylee Random of Alpharetta, 5 and 3, in the quarterfinals, and then went on to beat top-seeded Lauren Court of Lawrenceville, 6 and 5, in the semifinals. Shirley, who is the assistant coach of the women’s golf team at the University of Georgia, defeated two-time Georgia Women’s Match Play champion (2007, ’08) Mariah Stackhouse of Riverdale, 2 and 1, in her quarterfinal match. In the semis, Shirley beat 2010 runner-up Amira Alexander of Alpharetta, 2 and 1, to join Coble in the final match.

In the final match of the First flight, Mary Riley of Perry beat Joyce Doss of Carrollton, 4 and 2.

ABOUT THE Georgia Women's Match Play

Open to female amateur golfers in two separate divisions - Championship and Senior Women's Championship (for those age 50 and older as of the first day of the competition)

Maximum field size of 84 players - low 42 players chosen by handicap index for Women's Match Play Championship qualifying and 42 players for the Senior Women's Match Play Championship qualifying; if a division doesn't fill, more players may be added to the other division for stroke play qualifying and additional match play flights

36 holes of stroke play qualifying followed by match play for the low 32 players; the low 16 qualifying scores will comprise the Championship Flight; the remaining 16 players that make the cut will be seeded into a Tournament Flight based on qualifying scores.

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