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Morgan birdies her final hole at Augusta

Furman’s Anna Morgan played in her first Augusta National Women’s Amateur championship and finished the tournament with a birdie on the 18th hole to finish tied for 21st. (Augusta National Photo)

If you watched the TV coverage of the final round of the Augusta National Women’s Amateur you didn’t get to see much of Furman’s Anna Morgan.

What TV viewers did get to see of Morgan was an impressive 18 foot birdie putt on her final hole.

Morgan finished the final round shooting a 4 over par 76 to finish in a tie for 21st.

“Today was so much fun,” said Morgan. “I got off to an interesting start, made a really awesome par…and then ended it really well with a birdie [at 18].  Bookends were great,” she said.

Morgan bogeyed number 4 and number 6 before making a birdie on the par-5 eighth hole and made the turn at 1-over par.

She bogeyed number 11, but got back on track with a few pars before she hit the most difficult stretch of the tournament for the Furman junior from Spartanburg.

Morgan bogeyed numbers 14 – 15 and 16.

“In between (the start of the round and the final hole) was a little iffy, but I still had a lot of fun out there,” she said.

The golf gods smiled on Morgan. Her ability and the TV camera, for the live national broadcast, gave her a memory that she will never want to forget.

The broadcast cut away from the battle for the lead to show Morgan on the 18th green. The camera angle wasn’t the best, but it still showed the birdie putt role into the hole and Morgan’s reaction.

“Today was fun because I had a lot of my family, friends, teammates, and coaches out here,” added Morgan.  “I could literally recognize their voices in the crowd even though I couldn’t necessarily see them the whole day.  Just knowing they were all walking along with me made it a little bit more comfortable and just a lot of fun,” she said.

The Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championship was won by 16 year old Anna Davis.

The California teen finished at 1 -under par for the title to finish 1-shot in front of LSU’s Ingrid Lindblad and her Tiger teammate Lantana Stone.

Last weekend Lindblad won the Clemson Invitational played at The Reserve at Lake Keowee.

Furman’s Anna Morgan and Jensen Castle, the reigning US Women’s Amateur champion from Columbia, gave the Palmetto State two golfers in the final 30 at the Augusta National Women’s Amateur. (Augusta National photo)

Reining US Amateur champion Jensen Castle from Columbia finished in a tie for 11th place.

Other golfers with area connections included South Carolina freshman Hannah Darling who finished in a tie for 28th and Clemson’s Savannah Grewal who missed the 36 hole cut.

Wake Forest’s Rachel Kuehn, from Asheville, carded a final round 3-under par 69 to finish 7th.

Morgan will carry the SoCon’s lowest scoring average (71.8) into the conference tournament. The conference championship will be played on the Dye Course at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach starting on April 17th.

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