A pair of Upstate seniors and two Anderson University golfers captured the championships at the Carolina Golf Association’s Women’s Four-Ball tournament at the Carolina Country Club in Spartanburg.
Rising sophomore Victoria Hall and incoming freshman Emma Charles teamed up to win the women’s championship by a shot.
The two soon to be teammates opened the tournament with a bogey on their first hole and only carded one more bogey in the round to finish at 4-under par 68. The two Trojan golfers ended the first day in a tie with the team of Caroline Cahill and Natalie Petersen.
“We were really consistent off the tee both days,” said Charles. “We didn’t miss a lot of fairways but anytime one of us would miss the green, the other would hit the green,” she said.
In the second round Cahill and Peterson carded a 2-under par 70, but lost their share of the lead.
Hall and Charles got off to a much better start in the second round. The duo birdied three of their first four holes and added one more to make the turn at 4-under par 32.
“We were sticking it closer today and had much easier putts than yesterday,” added Hall.
The team of Jessica and Sarah Spicer played almost as well on the front nine. The team from Bahama, NC shot a 33 to get within two shots of the leaders.
On the back nine the two North Carolina golfers matched their 3-under par front nine on the back nine to finish with a 135, 6-under par total.
Hall and Charles needed an 18th hole birdie from Charles to match the Spicers’ 66 and claim a one shot victory and the CGA championship.
The winning team was able to play the 36 hole event making only two bogeys.
“It feels really great to know that our names will be on the trophy and knowing that even under pressure, that we both played really well,” said Hall.
Now the two turn their attention to school and the upcoming college golf season. The Trojans finished their season last year in the NCAA Division II regional tournament and the two CGA champions hope to help the team do even better this year.
“The way we were hitting it today has me feeling really confident about where we are going to be when the season starts,” said Charles. “It’s got me even more ready to go and I have two weeks left to wait,” she said.
Cahill and Petterson finished in a third place tie with Clemson golfer Calista Rice and Kathryn Carson.
The senior championship also turned into a close finish.
The team of Chrissie Spidell from Anderson and Pam Prescott from Piedmont finished the first round shooting a 3-under par 69.
Spidell and Prescott held a three shot lead over the team of Leigh Coulter and Terrie Allemang.
In the second round the team of Leigh Armentrout and Linda Daniel, who had shot a 4-over par 76 on the first round, shot the best round of the tournament with a 6-under par 66 to get within one shot of the first round leaders.
Prescott wrapped up the win with a birdie on the final hole to earn the team the championship.
“We had a few struggles today but we made birdies where we needed to offset the bogeys,” said Spidell. “We really didn’t know where we were until we got in and saw the leaderboard,” she said.
Both player agreed that the key to the win was the ability to pick each other up in difficult situations.
“You play in these things and you hope you can play the best you can play and of course, that never happens,” said Prescott. “But when you have someone that can pick you up when you mess up a hole, that really helps. It means a lot to me because I’ve played a lot of golf over the summer and I practiced a lot and I’m just so excited to be a CGA champion,” she said.
Kim Briele of New Bern, N.C. and Lea Ann Brown of Mt. Pleasant, S.C. finished in third place with an even par, 144 total.
The team of Linda Kernen from Columbia and Louise Given from Lexington won the second flight championship.
The CGA contributed to this story.