Reona Hirai (WEGA photo)
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC (June 14, 2018) - Reona Hirai (Summerville, SC) won the Women's Eastern Amateur Championship by four shots at Palmetto Hall Plantation.
Hirai, who just completed her college career at Furman University, took a four-shot lead into the final round on the strength of the round of the tournament, a 5-under 67, in round two. In the final round, she gave her chasers little chance to catch her, closing with a 1-under 71 for a 54-hole total of 213 (-3).
Courtney McKim, a mid-amateur from Raleigh, NC, finished second at 1-over 217 after matching Harai with a 71.
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In fact, each of the top four finishers had matching rounds of 71. Maggie Ashmore (Kingston, GA), a rising senior at Augusta University, finished third at 219.
Magdalena Simmermacher, an Argentina native who finished her college golf career at Old Dominion University, made 7 birdies in her round of 71 that propelled her to a fourth place finish at 220.
The Women's Eastern Golf Association (WEGA) also awarded prizes to:
5th place: Sophie DiPetrillo (224) (University of Richmond)
6th place: Amanda Hollandsworth (226) (Virginia Tech University)
7th place: Elisa Yang (228) (University of Georgia)
8th place: Alexis Kershaw (228) (UNC – Greensboro)
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The Womenfs Eastern Golf Championship has been
played since 1906 and is one of the oldest and most
prestigious womenfs amateur championships in the
Must belong to a WEGA member club or have
a school affiliation in one of the following Eastern
states: Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia,
Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New
New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode
South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, and the District of
Columbia. 54 hole stroke play championship.
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