Beaupied wins hurricane-shortened Carolinas Women's Senior
Susan Beaupied (CGA photo)
Susan Beaupied (CGA photo)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Sept. 11, 2018) – The Carolinas Senior Women's Amateur Championship was shortened to 18 holes in anticipation of Hurricane Florence, which is scheduled to sweep through the Carolinas in the upcoming days. Despite the shortened tournament, there was still great competition for the 20th playing of the Carolinas Golf Association's premiere senior women's championship. Susan Beaupied of Pittsboro, N.C., carded an even-par 72 to overcome the field and claim her first CGA championship title.

The long par-5 first hole at the Members Club at Wildewood provided a challenge for the field and like so many other players, Beaupied started out with a bogey. Beaupied did not let that affect her mindset, however, as she carded two birdies on the front nine to make the turn at one-under-par 35. Beaupied would continue that momentum and finish with only one more bogey, on the long par-four twelfth hole. She stayed steady and calm throughout the round and reaped the benefits of all the swing work she has been doing over the last year.

"Today was a great day because I'm seeing a turnaround in my game,” she said. “I've worked for years to improve my swing and there was a lot of discouragement. But finally I think I am seeing a much improved swing, so today was just plain fun."

Angela Stewart of Greenville, N.C., ended the day three strokes back of Beaupied to finish in second place, her second runner-up finish this season (Stewart also finished T2 at the North Carolina Senior Women's Amateur this year). Last year’s runner-up Kathy Binkley of Cornelius, N.C., finished in solo third place with a 5-over 77.

In the Carolinas Division (which plays a shorter course), Kelly Whitley of Greensboro, N.C., finished with a 6-over 78 and defeated Janet Myers in a scorecard playoff to take Carolinas Division honors. Whitley recorded two birdies on the day and remained steady throughout the round.

Janet Myers of Charlotte, N.C., also carded a 6-over 78 and finished with low super senior honors.

ABOUT THE Carolinas Women's Senior

The championship is contested at 36 holes of stroke play with a Championship Division and Carolinas Division (shorter course). Entry is open to any female amateur golfer who has reached her 50th birthday, is a legal resident of North Carolina or South Carolina or meets the non-resident criteria as outlined in the CGA Tournament Manual, is a member in good standing of a club which is a member of the Carolinas Golf Association (CGA) and has an active GHIN® USGA Handicap Index® at a CGA member club.

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