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NCGA Women’s & Senior Women’s Championship

Spyglass Hill GC/The Links at Spanish Bay
June 10-11, 2013

June 11, 2013

PEBBLE BEACH – After impressive rounds at two extraordinarily difficult courses, Paige Lee (eClub Sacramento) carved her name into NCGA history as the 2013 NCGA Women’s Amateur champion. Lee jumped to the top of the leaderboard after carding a one-under-par 72 at Spyglass Hill in the first round and began the final round with a comfortable four-stroke lead.

“Both courses remind me of my home course in North Ridge,” Lee said. “Even with the lead I stuck to my game plan and went into the final round as if we were starting from scratch.”

The future UC-Davis freshman brought her best to the final round held at Spanish Bay. She started the round with four birdies on the front nine and found her first bogey on No. 9. Making the turn carding four-under-par 32, Lee began to feel the pressure that comes with fantastic play.

“I really began to struggle on the back nine,” Lee said. “I started to become overwhelmed by how well I was playing and I let it get to my game.”

With bogeys on Nos. 10, 11 and 18 and a double on 14, Lee finished the round at two-over-par 75 to take home the title with a tournament total of one-over-par 147.

“It feels unbelievable [to win],” Lee said. “I transitioned well from one course to the next and I’m happy with my score.”

Lee is no stranger to the winners circle with several AJGA victories and NCGA Junior Tour titles. Lee also received 2012 Girls’ Rolex Junior All-American Honorable Mention.

Finishing just behind Lee was Taylor Camany (eClub Monterey Bay). Camany had consistent rounds across the event finishing with 76-75—151. Gunning for the title, Camany had three birdies on the final nine and a single bogey.

In third place was Anna Zhou (Youth on Course TFTSJ). Zhou carded the low-final round coming in with even-par 73. The fifteen year old had a six-stroke improvement between rounds and finished with a 79-73—152.

In the Senior Division, Sandy Woodruff (Pasatiempo GC) beat out Patricia Cornett (Olympic Club) in a playoff. Woodruff played a solid first round with an outstanding back-to-back-to-back birdies on Nos. 14, 15 and 16 of Spyglass Hill and was one stroke behind  Cornett to start the final round. Woodruff continued her great play onto Spanish Bay and finished the event 78-77—155.

“Patricia [Cornett] is a great player,” Woodruff said. “She was the 2012 Curtis Cup Captain, and I knew I had to play well if I wanted to beat her.”

Cornett carded a four-over-par 77 in the first round to lead the division. She started strong on the first few holes in the final round but failed to get up-and-down on Nos. 7 and 8 where she carded bogeys. Determined to take home the title, Cornett posted six consecutive pars on the back nine and finished with a five-over-par 78 to head into the playoff, where Woodruff would ultimately win.

“I played really steady today,” Woodruff said. “I had no doubles and no penalties, which, on this course, is very difficult. I was nervous heading into the playoff, but I have been playing golf for 60 years – I knew I just needed to fall back on what I have learned all those years.”

Finishing in third place was Lynne Cowan (Amateurgolf.com) who at 78-79—157. In fourth place was 2012 Women’s Senior Amateur runner-up, Terry Mayes who finished 12-over-par 158.

 

Runner-up Taylor Camany, champion Paige Lee and third-place finisher Anna Zhou

Senior Champion Sandy Woodruff, runner-up Patricia Cornett and third-place finisher Lynne Cowan

 

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June 10, 2013

PEBBLE BEACH– Paige Lee (eClub Sacramento) was the only player to finish under par in the first round of the NCGA Women’s Championship. Shooting a one-under-par 72, Lee jumped to the top of the leaderboard with a four-stroke lead on Monday. Lee collected birdies on Nos. 4, 7 and 13 only dropping shots on Nos. 2 and 17. Despite her impressive first round, Lee will have to bring her best to the final round to go home with the title.

Paige Lee leads the championship division by four after posting one-under-par 72.

Four players are currently tied for second finishing with three-over-par 76s. Taylor Camany (eClub Monterey Bay), Sagee Palavivatana  (eClub Sacramento), Shaylee Yano (Kings River GCC) and Holly Bare (Sunnyside CC) will all be in the hunt for the title in Tuesday’s final round wich will be played at Spanish Bay GC.

Just behind the second-place pack, four women are tied for sixth heading into the final round. Kortnie Maxoutopoulis (Castlewood CC), Hannah Suh (eClub South Bay), Spencer Heller (Turlock GC) and Jade Siphomsay (Youth on Course – South) all finished carding four-over-par 77 in the first round.

With five women within two strokes of the leader in the senior division, the final round of the NCGA Women’s Amateur Championship will be a race to the finish.

Teeing off on No. 10, Patricia Cornett (The Olympic Club) leads the pack after carding a four-over-par 77 in the first round. Cornett played a steady round with six pars on her front nine. After making the turn to No. 1, Cornett began to heat up with a birdie on the par-3 third hole. She finished her round with an impressive even-par 36 to put her on top of the leaderboard.

Cornett will have her work cut out for her in the final round.

Three women trail Cornett by a single stroke. Sandy Woodruff (Pasatiempo GC), Marianne Towersey (Monterey Peninsula CC) and Lynne Cowan (amateurgolf.com) carded five-over-par 78s to hold a three-way tie for second. Woodruff had back-to-back-to-back birdies on Nos. 14, 15 and 16 to fire up her round after an opening-hole double bogey. Towersey, the 2012 Senior Women’s Amateur champion, made the turn with an even-par 37 earning her spot in the pack. Cowan stayed consistent throughout the round with 11 total pars.

Trailing the pack carding six-over-par 79 in the first round is the 2012 runner up, Terry Mayes and Teri Gangi, both of Las Margaritas GC.

The final round of the Women’s and Senior Women’s Amateur Championship will take place at Spanish Bay GC. Tee times begin at 6:10 a.m.

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Author: Jerry Stewart

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