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Pinehurst Country Club's Club Team (L-R): Kendra Muir, Sally Means, Donna Tanner, Sue McDermott

1st Carolinas Women's Club Team Championship
Pinehurst Country Club Named Inaugural Champion

CONOVER, N.C. (November 9, 2017) -- Final match play results of the inaugural Carolinas Women's Club Team Championship hosted by Rock Barn Golf & Spa on the Jackson Course in Conover, N.C. on Thursday, November 9, 2017. (4,786 yards; Par: 34-36--70; Course/Slope Rating: 68.0/126)

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Temperatures may not have climbed above 50 degrees during Thursday's final match of the inaugural Carolinas Women's Club Team Championship, but the competition was hot! The final match pitted No. 1 seed and stroke play qualifying medalist Cowan's Ford Country Club of Lake Norman, N.C. against No. 2 seed Pinehurst Country Club of Pinehurst, N.C. Both clubs were coming off of decisive wins in their semifinal matches and the stage was set for a fierce battle.

In the first match, Pinehurst's "A" team of Donna Tanner - Sally Means earned 9.5 points after battling Cowan's Ford's "A" team of Peg Brady - Peggy Lea back and forth all day. Both sides felt that they left many shots on the course and that the match could have gone either way at any time. The second four-ball matchup between Pinehurst's Kendra Muir - Sue McDermott and Cowan's Ford's Kathy Binkley - June Wang was not as close throughout the day. Cowan's Ford had a comfortable lead through much of the match, but faltered on the finishing holes to end the match with only a one-point margin of victory. The team point total was tied at 18 points per club team and had to be settled by a playoff. In the competition rules, ties are broken by a sudden-death playoff between the designated "A" team at the beginning of the final match.

The match that had gone back and forth all day continued for one more playoff hole, the Par-4 starting hole on Rock Barn’s Jackson course. After four good drives, Tanner and Means both hit the green in regulation for the Pinehurst side. Lea left her approach well right while Brady's shot landed close to the hole but trickled off the back of the green. Means easily two-putted for par to put Pinehurst in control of the match. Lea was unable to complete an up-and-down for par and Tanner missed her birdie putt, leaving the pressure on Brady to get up-and-down for par. Her par putt to force an extra playoff hole narrowly missed the hole and Pinehurst Country Club was named the inaugural Carolinas Women's Club Team champion.

The top-four clubs from Tuesday's stroke play qualifying round advanced to the match play semifinals of the Carolinas Women's Club Team Championship to compete for the inaugural title. Semifinal four-ball matches were worth 18 points (one point per hole). At the end of each four-ball match, points from both two-player sides of the club team were added together. The club team with the most points advanced to the final match on Thursday. The two losing clubs were placed in a consolation flight. Point totals did not carry over to Thursday's final match. The final four-ball matches were also worth 18 points (one point per hole).

After the final day of round robin four-ball match play in the First Flight, Rock Barn Golf & Spa A blew away the competition with a point total of 46 points, 7.5 points greater than Pinewood Country Club. In the First Flight, point totals from Wednesday were added to point totals from Thursday to determine the First Flight winner. Each club team played the other two club teams in 18-point four-ball matches.

Eligibility: Any CGA member club may enter a team of four female golfers who belong to that club into the Carolinas Women's Club Team Championship. Every member of the team must hold an active GHIN® USGA Handicap Index® at the CGA member club they are representing. Members of the team must also meet the following eligibility policies: entry is open to any female amateur golfer who has reached her 13th birthday by November 7, 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 and has an active GHIN® USGA Handicap Index®.

1st Carolinas Women's Club Team Championship
Rock Barn Golf & Spa
November 9, 2017




Club Team

Club Team

Pinehurst Country Club* (18 points) def.

Cowan's Ford Country Club (18 points)

Donna Tanner - Sally Means (9.5 points)

Peg Brady - Peggy Lea (8.5 points)

Sue McDermott - Kendra Muir (8.5 points)

June Wang - Kathy Binkley (9.5 points)

*won on first playoff hole






Club Team

Club Team

Pinewild Country Club (20.5 points) def.

Carmel Country Club (15.5 points)

Jo Ann Sluder - Paula Fitzpatrick (8.5 points)

Janis Romeo-Dinschel - Laura Quillin (9.5 points)

Ellen Connors - Kit Simpson (12 points)

Lauren Helbein - Blair Criminger (6 points)



FIRST FLIGHT (two days of competition)


Club Team


Rock Barn Golf & Spa A


Pam Congelosi - Kate Fogel


Pat Dickinson - Wendy Beasley


Pinewood Country Club


Karen Brookshire - Cindy Schroder


Ann Hogan - Dianne Wrenn


Rock Barn Golf & Spa B


Jean Hampton - Annette Brittain


Colleen Witmer - Debby Beck



Competition Schedule:
November 7
Round 1 – 18 holes four-ball stroke play
(shotgun start 10:00 a.m.)
Player’s Dinner and Pairings Party – 5:00 p.m. at Rock Barn CC

November 8
Round 2 – 18 holes four-ball match play
(shotgun start at 10:00 a.m.)

November 9
Round 3 – 18 holes four-ball match play
(shotgun start at 10:00 a.m.)
Lunch and awards immediately following play

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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