Hirai Captures the Women's Eastern Amateur
Reona Hirai (WEGA photo)
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.

Related: Courtney McKim: Mastering the Mid-Amateur Learning Curve

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)

Results: Women's Eastern Amateur
1CAReona HiraiSacramento, CA50075-67-71=213
2NCCourtney McKimRaleigh, NC400217
T3GAMaggie AshmoreKingston, GA300220
T3ArgentinaMagdalena SimmermacherArgentina300220
5MASophie DiPetrilloDover, MA300224

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ABOUT THE Women's Eastern Amateur

The Womenfs Eastern Golf Championship has been played since 1906 and is one of the oldest and most prestigious womenfs amateur championships in the United States.

Must belong to a WEGA member club or have a school affiliation in one of the following Eastern states: Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. 54 hole stroke play championship.

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