Comeback gives Doherty back-to-back Sally titles
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Amanda Doherty (Atlanta, Ga.) shot a sterling 1-under 71 in a stiff wind to overtake third-round leader Alexa Pano (Lake Worth, Fla.) and claim her second-straight Women's South Atlantic Amateur Championship at Oceanside Country Club in Ormond Beach, Fla.
For the 16-year-old Pano, it was an eerily similar experience to last year's Sally championship. Then, she carried a one-shot lead into the final round, only to watch Doherty close with a 69 to win by three shots.
This year, Pano was up by four entering the final round. But in winds gusting up to 30 miles per hour, Doherty caught Pano by the turn and raced ahead with a series of birdie putts early on the back nine. Her 71 was one of only two rounds under 75 on the day and gave her a final winning margin of four shots. Her 72-hole total was 286, 2 under par.
Pano stumbled to a 79 and a second-straight Sally runner-up finish to Doherty. The 2018 Sally champion Emma Migliaccio (Cary, N.C.) of Wake Forest University couldn't overcome a triple-bogey at the first hole and shot 78 to finish solo third.
Another 16-year-old, Paris Hilinski (La Quinta, Calif.), shot the other round of the day, an even-par 72, to pull into fourth place.
ABOUT THE Women's South Atlantic Amateur (The Sally)
The Women’s South Atlantic Amateur Golf
Championship (The SALLY) is played the
second week of January each year, in Ormond
Beach, Florida. Oceanside Country Club has
been home to The SALLY since its beginnings
in 1926. The tournament field consists of top
amateurs in the US and the top finishers are
frequently represent the U.S. for the biennial
Curtis Cup team. You will find
many former SALLY players among the LPGA
72-hole stroke play championship with a
Championship Division (max handicap 6.0) and a
Rockefeller Division (max handicap 10.0) that plays
from shorter tees. There is also a Senior competition
for players aged 50 and over competing in the
Eligibility: A female from birth, that has
reached the age of 16. All entries are
accepted subject to Committee Approval.
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