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2013 WTGA State Amateur Championship News

2013 WTGA State Amateur Championship News

2013 WTGA State Amateur Championship
The Woodlands CC - Tournament Course
July 29 - August 2

State Amateur Championship Flight:

State Amateur Championship Flights 1-4:

August 2, 2013

The Woodlands, TX--Megan Thothong and Christine Lin went head to head in the finals of the WTGA State Amateur Championship. In a constant back and forth match, Christine Lin emerged as the State Amateur Champion. The match went to 19 holes, where Lin made a 3 foot putt for birdie on the 1st playoff hole. Congratulations to both of these ladies for not only outstanding golf, but also commendable sportsmanship.

At the conclusion of play, the heat index was 115. The Woodlands CC - Tournament Course remained in excellent shape all week long.

August 1, 2013

The Woodlands, TX--The Quarterfinals and Semifinals of Match Play took place today at The Woodlands Country Club's Tournament Course. Excitement was high and birdies were plentiful as the field widdled down from 8 to just 2 players. Advancing to the Semifinals from the morning matches were Christine Lin, Courtney Ferguson, Hannah Arnold, and Megan Thothong. After many holes of stellar play, the semifinals yielded 2 players that will compete in tomorrow's 18 hole final: Christine Lin of Austin and Megan Thothong of Dallas. Christine defeated Courtney Ferguson 3&2 while Megan Thothong defeated Hannah Arnold 4&3.

Heat indexes for the afternoon matches were hovering at around 110 degrees in The Woodlands. Finals for Flights 1-4 will begin at 8:00 a.m. while the tee time for the Championship is at 9:40 a.m. All final matches are 18 holes.

July 31, 2013

The Woodlands, TX--There was no shortage of excitement today in the second day of match play at the State Amateur. Taylor Slagle of Southlake defeated medalist Maggie Neece of Colleyville 4 and 3, while Christine Lin of Austin defeated Katy Kile of The Woodlands 4 and 2. The following players will advance to tomorrow's Quarterfinal Round: Taylor Slagle, Christine Lin, Jaqueline Strickland, Courtney Ferguson, Amy Ruengmateekhun, Hannah Arnold, Megan Thothong, and Taylor Stockton.

The weather once again turned very hot very quickly at The Woodlands Country Club. However, the heat wasn't enough to stop Donna McDermott from making a hole in one on Hole #3. The Woodlands Country Club also happens to be Donna's home course.

Quarterfinal matches will begin tomorrow morning at 8:00 with Flights 1-4 following immediately afterwards. Semifinal matches for all flights will begin just after lunch time tomorrow afternoon.

July 30, 2013

The Woodlands, TX—The first round of State Amateur Match Play began today at The Woodlands Country Club. What began as a cool morning turned into a sweltering afternoon very quickly. Qualifying medalist Maggie Neece (Colleyville) defeated Rose Henderson to advance to the Round of 16. She will face the 2010 WTGA Four-Ball Champion Taylor Slagle of Southlake. Former State Amateur Champion Mina Hardin also won her match today to advance to the Round of 16.

The course remains in excellent shape with greens continuing to be very firm and fast. Many players have reported their golf balls have been bouncing over the greens.

The Round of 16 will play their matches starting at 8:00 tomorrow morning with Flights 1-4 immediately following.

July 29, 2013

The Woodlands, TX—The first round of the WTGA State Amateur Championship began today at The Woodlands Country Club. It was a very warm day, but the course was in great shape with firm and fast greens and thick rough. Today was the optional Qualifying Round for those who wanted to try and qualify for the Championship Flight. The low 32 players will make the Championship Flight. Everyone else will be flighted according to their handicap index.

Maggie Neece of Colleyville claimed the Medalist title this year by shooting an impressive 71. She is the only player in the field to break par. Maggie is also the 2013 Four-Ball Champion. Finishing in second place in this year's qualifying round was Amy Ruengmateekhun of Garland with a 1-over par 73. In a tie for third place, Catherine Herrera (Houston) and Brooke McDougald (The Woodlands) each shot 74.

Past State Amateur Champions Mina Hardin shot 75 and Stacy Dennis shot 80. They both advanced to Match Play.
The Match Play portion of the State Amateur Championship will begin tomorrow and continue until Friday. Tee times will begin at 8:00 tomorrow morning.

July 23, 2013

The Woodlands, TX—The Women’s Texas Golf Association will be hosting the 2013 State Amateur Championship on July 29-August 2. The tournament will be held at The Woodlands Country Club—Tournament Course. This prestigious annual event has some very notable winners including Babe Didrikson Zaharias, Betty Jameson, Betsy Rawls, and Sandra Haynie.

No stranger to tournament golf, the Tournament Course at The Woodlands Country Club hosts the Insperity Championship held every year on the Champions Tour. This outstanding venue was also the host for the PGA’s Shell Houston Open for many years. Many players agree that The Tournament Course at The Woodlands boasts one of the best, as well as most fair, tests of a golfer’s ability in the southwestern US.

The full field of 96 players boasts past state amateur champions including Mina Hardin (also the 2010 USGA Senior Amateur Champion), Stacy Dennis, and Robin Burke. Also, the 2013 Four-Ball Championship team of Maty Monzingo and Maggie Neece will be in the field.

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