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Carson Cruises in First Day of Cas W Match Play

Kathryn Carson advanced to the Round of 16 and secured medalist honors at the Carolinas Women's Match Play

ROCK HILL, S.C. (July 25, 2017) -- Stroke play qualifying and First Round match play results of the 20th Carolinas Women's Match Play Championship at Rock Hill Country Club in Rock Hill, S.C. on Tuesday, July 25th (Championship Division - 6,085 yards, par 72, Course Rating 75.3/131 | Carolinas Division - 5,234 yards, par 72, Course Rating 71.0/119).

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Kathryn Carson of Mooresville, N.C. was the only player in red numbers on Tuesday, winning medalist honors at the 20th Carolinas Women's Match Play Championship at Rock Hill Country Club in Rock Hill, S.C. Her one-under-par 71 secured her the number one overall seed for match play and was three shots better than Jodee Tindal of Rock Hill, who locked up the number two seed. "I have been playing really solid lately," remarked Carson. "My putting game has been strong and has helped me make a lot of birdies." Now with the stroke play qualifying portion complete, Carson, future East Carolina Pirate, looks to keep things simple moving forward. "I just have to stay patient and focus on playing my game."

The Championship Division was cut to 32 players for the match play portion of the championship.

20th Carolinas Women's Match Play Championship
Rock Hill Country Club, Rock Hill, S.C.

Stroke Play Qualifying Results

Round of 32

Number one overall seed Kathryn Carson of Mooresville, N.C. cruised to a 3-and-2 victory over Whitney Carter of Rock Hill, S.C. Carson started on a mission to control the match early, jumping out to a three-up lead on her first three holes. From there, the East Carolina Pirate admitted she played conservative, knowing she had the upper hand. "I was playing so she had to catch me," said Carson. "I did not want to mess anything up for myself. I was just looking to play solid the rest of the way and make her do something to beat me." Carson also expressed that her putting game slipped and will be an area of focus for her heading into the next round.

Number two seed and Rock Hill Country Club member Jodee Tindal also advanced, defeating Emily Stinson of Charlotte, N.C. 5-and-4. Twin sisters and Virginia Tech rising sophomores Jessica and Sarah Spicer of Bahama, N.C. won their matches 8-and-7 and 2-and-1 respective.

Entry is open to any female amateur golfer who has reached her 13th birthday by July 25, 2017, is a legal resident of North Carolina or South Carolina, is a member in good standing of a club which is a member of the Carolinas Golf Association (CGA) and has an active GHIN® USGA Handicap Index® at a CGA member club.

Scoring will be provided by the CGA throughout the championship, offering 9 and 18-hole updates. Live updates will also be available on the CGA’s Twitter account, @CGAGolf1909. Continue to visit the CGA website throughout this championship and all year long for complete championship coverage including scores, interviews, photos, and recaps.

Round of 32 Match Play Results

Championship Facts
Event: 20th Carolinas Women's Match Play
Playing Dates: July 25-27
Host Site: Rock Hill Country Club in Rock Hill, S.C.
Championship Division - 6,085 yards, par 72, Course Rating 75.3/131 | Carolinas Division - 5,234 yards, par 72, Course Rating 71.0/119
Defending Champion: Cecily Overbey, High Point, N.C.
Format: 18 holes of stroke play qualifying to determine seeding and flights for match play in the Championship Division and seeding for match play in the Carolinas Division.

Schedule of rounds

Tuesday, July 25
First round. 18 holes of stroke play qualifying.
Lunch provided for all players.
Wednesday, July 26
Championship Flight. First and quarterfinal round matches (18 holes).
All other flights: First round matches and semifinal round matches (18 holes).
Thursday, July 27
Championship flight. Semifinal and Final matches (18 holes).
All other flights: Final matches (18 holes).

About the Carolinas Golf Association (CGA)

The CGA is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational organization that was founded in 1909 to promote and to protect the game of golf in the Carolinas by providing competitions, education, support and benefits to golf clubs and golfers. The CGA is the second largest golf association in the country with over 700 member clubs represented by nearly 150,000 individuals.

The CGA annually conducts 48 championships and five team match competitions for men, women, juniors, and seniors. It also runs over 150 One-Day (net and gross) events as well as qualifying for USGA national championships. The CGA serves golf in the Carolinas with numerous programs such as: the USGA Handicap System; tournament management software and support; course measuring and course/slope ratings; agronomy consultation; answers about the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status, and Handicapping; Carolinas Golf Magazine; Interclub series; Tarheel Youth Golf Association; Carolinas Golf Hall of Fame; expense assistance for USGA Junior and Girls' Junior qualifiers from the Carolinas; and the Carolinas Golf Foundation (CGF). The CGF has distributed nearly $2,000,000 since 1977 to benefit Carolinas' golf initiatives including junior and women's programs.

For more information about the CGA, visit our website.



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