Anna Redding from Concord, NC seemed to have more trouble holding the CGA Women’s championship trophy than she did playing and winning the tournament at Green Valley.
“It is heavy,” she joked as she wrestled to get a grip on the trophy. “But I’m strong enough to hold it,” she added.
Redding’s game was also strong enough to lead the Carolinas Golf Association championship from start to finish for her first win in awhile.
“I had a few top five finishes last year at school, but it has been awhile since I got a win. To get a win especially in a CGA event, which I love playing, is just incredible,” said the winner.
The rising senior at Virginia didn’t waste any time taking the lead. She birdied the first two holes in the first round and finished with a 5-under par 67, which turned out to be the best round shot in the championship.
“It was my personal best and a great start. I came here from the NCAA tournament and our team didn’t do well so I wanted to get back into competition with a good round,” she said.
Kate Hill from Anderson University was a close second after carding a 4-under par 68 in the opening round. Ashley Sloup from Southport, NC, Victoria Huskey from Greenville and Furman’s SoCon champion Reona Hirai from Summerville all posted 71s to be four shots off the lead.
In the second round, scores went up for almost the entire field. Redding’s second round total was nine shots higher than her first round, but the rest of the field wasn’t able to take advantage of the leader shooting a 76.
Hill kept pace shooting a 76 to enter the final round still trailing by a shot.
In the final round Redding scored an eagle 2 on the fourth hole and made the turn posting a 33. Hill made a pair of bogeys to turn at 38.
“I like to know how I stand. I knew I had the lead and I just wanted to play my game. I had a good game plan and I stuck to it,” said Redding.
Trailing by six shots Hill’s goal for the final round changed. “I didn’t make a birdie until number 14. I wanted to finish under par the way I started and I was able to do that. It was just a good day of golf,” said the Anderson University golfer.
Hill finished second, four shots behind Redding while Katherine Schuster of Kill Devil Hills, NC shot a 3-under par 69 to move up to third.
Redding credited a change she made to her short game as one of the reasons for her win.
“I tried it in competion for the first time and it worked pretty good,” said Redding, who birdied her final hole to shoot a 4-under par 68 for a 211 total.
“It feels good to be a champion,” concluded Redding.
Pam Prescott won the WSCGA Senior championship in May for her first state title. She followed up the win with her first victory in a CGA championship.
Prescott, from Pickens, won the Carolina Division’s Net and Gross titles. The Powdersville High School golf coach shot rounds of 70-76-75 for a 221 total in the gross competition and finished at 13-under par in the net division.
“My putting has been really good lately,” said Prescott. “I got off to a good start in the first round and I played pretty well the rest of the tournament,” she added.
Prescott finished 8-shots in front of Terri Allemang from Hilton Head in the gross division. Prescott claimed the Net Division title by 10 shots over Susan Bartley of Columbia.
Flight winners – First Flight, Katherine Schuster, Kill Devil Hills, NC, Second Flight – Jessica Spicer, Bahama, NC, Third Flight – Abigail Schimpf, Daniel Island, SC, Fourth Flight – Jayla Rogers, Wilmington, NC, Fifth Flight – Ansley Vaughan, Edisto Beach, SC.
Complete scoring available at http://www.carolinasgolf,org.
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