NC Women's Am: Stewart takes lead
ASHEBORO, NC (June 12, 2013) -- First round results of the 64th North Carolina Women’s State Amateur Championship hosted by Pinewood Country Club in Asheboro, NC on Tuesday, June 11, 2013. Par 36-36—72 5758 yards. Course/Slope Rating: 73.5/13059-year-old Angela Stewart, MD of Greenville, NC made a 15 foot birdie putt on her eighteenth hole to shoot a 1-over par round of 73 to take a one shot lead over 17-year old Alaina Yeatts of Durham, NC and 26-year-old Mallory Hetzel of Waynesville, NC.

“This is a historic day for me,” Stewart said. “This is the first time I’ve ever been the leader in the clubhouse. It feels pretty good!”

Stewart credits her steady driver and the confidence she is feeling with her putter for her solid play.

“I just try and make pars. I figure if I can get up on the green in regulation and have a good chance for a two putt then I’ll have a good shot at playing well.”

Stewart carded four birdies and three bogeys on the day.

Hetzel, who just earned back her amateur status, is no stranger to winning either though. The Western Carolina University women’s golf coach won numerous titles as a junior player and went on to play at the University of Georgia before turning professional.

Nowadays she is coaching in the game she loves and is excited to be back playing again. Defending champion, Courtney McKim of Raleigh, NC is only two shots back after shooting a 2-over par round of 75.

In the State tee division Sook Hee Yang shot a four over par round of 76 and leads by five shots over three other players (Donna Johnson, Asheboro, NC; Melissa Sage of Charlotte, NC and Vicki DiSantis of Pinehurst, NC). This division plays a shorter course.

Angela Stewart also leads the Senior division by seven strokes over Linda Daniel of Huntersville, NC and Vicki DiSantis of Pinehurst, NC currently leads the Super Senior division.

ABOUT THE North Carolina Women's Amateur

54-hole stroke play championship for North Carolina women amateurs. The NCWGA Champion, Senior Champion and Junior Champion will be determined from contestants playing the Championship Tees. The Super Senior Champion will be determined from contestants playing the State Tees.

In order to be eligible to play in the North Carolina Women's Amateur Championship, a player must be legally domiciled in North Carolina for six months, have an established USGA handicap, and meet one of the following three requirements:

1. She must be a member of an NCWGA member club or women's golf association at a member club located in the State of North Carolina; or 2. She must join as an individual member and pay her personal membership fee; or 3. She must be a member of a golf league, golf team, or golf training facility in the State of North Carolina which is a member of the NCWGA.

The field for the North Carolina Women's Amateur Championship will be limited to 96 (and ties) of the lowest handicap entry forms and NCWGA officers and directors.

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