Upstate Amateur Golf

Carolina Country Club hosts WSCGA Match Play

The Carolina Country Club in Spartanburg will host the Women’s South Carolina Golf Association Match Play championship starting on June 16th.

Dawn Woodard (center) is the defending WSCGA Match Play Champion. Executive Director of the WSCGA and President Dana Halliday of Spartanburg are glad to bring the championship to Carolina Country Club

Dawn Woodard (center) is the defending WSCGA Match Play Champion. Executive Director of the WSCGA and President Dana Halliday of Spartanburg are glad to bring the championship to Carolina Country Club

This will be the first time the club has hosted this event. The Match Play championship now is added to a long list of state, regional and professional events the club in Spartanburg has hosted over the years.

This year Thornblade golfer Dawn Woodard will be trying to top her own record of five straight championships by winning a sixth title in a row.

Dawn Woodard has won five straight WSCGA Match Play titles.

Dawn Woodard has won five straight WSCGA Match Play titles.

Woodard was honored by the Carolinas Golf Association last year as the women’s player of the year in the Carolinas. She most recently competed in the first USGA Women’s Four Ball Championship.

Winning this event has never been easy for Woodard over the last 5 years, but this year there will be several added challenges. This is the first time in recent years that there is a full field of 16 in the Championship Division, so Woodard will not have a bye in the first round as she’s had in the past.

Conference Carolinas individual champion Maddisen Cox of Pickens is one of the college players in the field.

Conference Carolinas individual champion Maddisen Cox of Pickens is one of the college players in the field.

There are also several collegiate women participating, who are certainly playing a lot of golf year-round. The Championship Division is extremely strong with the handicaps ranging from +2.3 – 6.1.

The tournament will include the State Division and Handicap Division. There are 5 flights in the State Division and 1 Handicap Flight. The State and Handicap Division compete at the same yardage, 5016. Each State flight has 6 -7 opponents. These divisions do not have a stroke play qualifier and are seeded by handicap index, and their matches begin on June 17th.

“The average women’s handicap state-wide is 26.0, and many women feel they aren’t good enough to play in Championships,” said Jennifer O’Brien the WSCGA Executive Director. ” We wanted to create a flight that encouraged our average golfer to play and to feel comfortable and competitive. The Handicap Division is sure to be exciting and fun for these ladies,” she added.

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