Anna Redding (CGA photo)
RALEIGH, N.C. (July 26, 2018) – After a marathon final-round match, Anna Redding of Concord, N.C., emerged victorious after 22 holes and earned the title at the 21st Carolinas Women's Match Play. The win marked her second CGA title of the summer after she won the 92nd Carolinas Women's Amateur in June.
Redding, who will be a junior at Virginia, survived consecutive tight matches on Thursday en route to the title. In her morning semifinal match, she faced Jodee Tindal of Rock Hill, S.C. Tindal made a run in the middle of the match, but Redding eventually won the match, 1 up.
Jessica Spicer of Bahama, N.C., won her semifinal match against Kathleen Sumner of Charleston, S.C., 2 and 1, to set up a Virginia versus Virginia Tech afternoon final. Last week, Spicer and Redding competed together on the Carolinas team at the Virginias-Carolinas team matches, but were back to competing against each other in the final match.
Under beautiful sunny skies, the final match was a battle from the first tee. Both Redding and Spicer played steady rounds, and neither was able to gain an advantage on the other. Tied at all square headed into the final hole, Spicer sank a long putt to stay alive and force extra holes.
"The key was staying consistent," Redding said. "It was key to keep getting looks at birdies, even though most of them did not go in, but it was a great match."
Unable to gain advantage on each other, Redding and Spicer, who were paired together on the first day of stroke-play qualifying, battled through 22 holes until Redding emerged victorious on the 18th green.
"This is so exciting," Redding said. "Being the medalist in stroke play was awesome. Shooting 66 was my personal best, so after that, I was feeling really excited, and I love match play."
ABOUT THE Carolinas Women's Match Play
The Carolinas Women's Amateur Match Play
Championship began in 1997 and annually
crowns the women's amateur match play champion
in the Carolinas. The championship is
conducted at 18 holes of stroke play qualifying to
determine seeding and flights for the
Championship division and seeding for match play in
the Carolinas division (shorter
course). The Championship flight in the
Championship division competes for the
championship and is determined by the top-15
scores in stroke play qualifying. The
Defending Champion is the automatic number one
seed. Players who do not qualify for
the Championship flight in the Championship division
will be placed in flights and seeded
based on qualifying score. The Carolinas division will
play a shorter course and will be pre-
flighted based on Handicap Index. Players will be
seeded within their Carolinas flight
based on qualifying score.
Entry is open to any female amateur golfer who has
reached her 13th birthday, is a legal
resident of North Carolina or South Carolina, is a
member in good standing of a club
which is a member of the Carolinas Golf Association
and has an active GHIN® USGA
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