Woodard repeats at Carolinas Women's Match Play
-- photo Carolinas Golf Association
-- photo Carolinas Golf Association

STANLEY, NC (July 12, 2012) -- Dawn Woodard of Greer, SC successfully defends her title by defeating Lauren Wearn of Charlotte, NC, 4 & 3. Ironically, Woodard attended Furman University and played on the golf team in the 90's while Wearn is a current member of the women's golf team. "We had an all Furman final today," Woodard said.

Woodard would face a tough opponent in Collins Bradshaw of Columbia, SC in her first match of the day. Woodard was 2-down after 9 holes and Bradshaw would maintain her momentum until she bogeyed #16 and #17 to go back to all square. Both players would par the par 5 18th and would have to go into extra holes to determine a winner. Eventually, Woodard would birdie the 20th hole to advance into the finals.

Wearn would have an easier route into the finals as she defeated medalist Patty Moore of Charlotte, NC by a 7 & 6 margin. Wearn was six-under-par through 12 holes. "I made a lot of putts this morning when I needed to," Wearn said. "Even if I shot 66 again I would still have lost," Moore laughed.

In the final match of the day Woodard made three birdies in the row on #3, #4 and #5 to go 2-up in the match. She would then birdie the 7th to go 3-up but a bogey on the 9th hole would bring Wearn back into the match. Woodard birdied the 10th hole to go back to 3-up after Wearn's putt just slightly missed to halve the hole. Woodard would never let go of her lead from that point on.

Wearn's tee shot on the par 5 15th would go left toward out of bounds and after searching for a few minutes Wearn conceded the hole for Woodard's repeat victory.

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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 Handicap Index®.

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