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Higgins Captures Second CGA Title of 2013

Stanley, NC –  Final Results of the  16th Carolinas Women’s Match Play Championship hosted by Cowans Ford Country Club on  Thursday , July 11 , 2013.  Par 36-36—72 5975 yards, 74.6/131.

Katie Rose Higgins of CharlestonSC captures her second CGA championship title of 2013 by defeating Katie Kirk of DavidsonNC, 3 and 2.  Higgins cruised through her semifinal match after facing off Taylor Allison of Elizabeth City, NC.  Higgins carded four birdies and was able to close out her morning match by a 6 and 5 margin very early. 

In the other semifinal match Katie Kirk had to face off against her fellow teammate at East Carolina University, Lane Gakeler of GreenboroNC.  Kirk would have to play 21 holes before she successful closed out her match against Gakeler.  “That really was nerve-racking,” Kirk said.  Both players would keep trading birdies and pars throughout the morning.  “Neither one of us could get ahead very much,” Gaekler said.  Unfortunately, Gakeler would make bogey on the par 4 4th hole while Kirk would nuzzle up her par putt to punch her ticket into the finals.

It would then be a battle of the Katie’s in the final.  Kirk would take an early 1 up lead and would not relinquish it until Higgins hit her approach shot to within inches on the par 4 6th hole.  The match would go to all square.  Higgins would birdie the par 3 11th to go 2 up and she would close out the match on her 15th hole to win her first CGA Women’s Match Play Championship crown.  Higgins now holds the Carolinas Women’s Amateur Championship Trophy and the Carolinas Women’s Match Play Trophy in her possession.  “That feels pretty amazing,” Higgins smiled.  “I’ve been working hard on my game and I feel like its paying off.” 

For a complete listing of all flights and the tournament division please visit the full scoring bracket page:

For more information on this championship and its history please visit the championship homepage at:   This championship was conducted by the Carolinas Golf Association which is in its 104th year of serving amateur golf in North and South Carolina.

Full Championship Results

Round of 16

           Taylor Allison, ElizabethCity, N.C.  (16) def. Dawn Woodard, GreerS.C.  (1), 5 and 3

           Casey Ward, Chapel HillN.C.  (9) def. Mallory Hetzel, WaynesvilleN.C.  (8), 2 and 1

           Katie Rose Higgins, CharlestonS.C.  (4) def. Lea Venable, SimpsonvilleS.C.  (13), 19 hole

           Laura Wearn, CharlotteN.C.  (5) def. Bethany Galloway, Mint HillN.C.  (12), 5 and 4

           Hayley Hammond, MooressvilleN.C.  (2) def. Nicole Keyser, CaryN.C.  (15), 5 and 4

           Katie Kirk, DavdisonN.C.  (10) def. Tiffany Robbins, Fort MillS.C.  (7), 6 and 5

           Emily Brooks, Chapel HillN.C.  (14) def. Julie Streng, GreensboroN.C.  (3), 4 and 3

           Lane Gakeler, GreensboroN.C.  (11) def. Devan Murphy, CharlotteN.C.  (6), 5 and 4



           Taylor Allison, ElizabethCity, N.C.  (16) def. Casey Ward, Chapel HillN.C.  (9), 5 and 4

           Katie Rose Higgins, CharlestonS.C.  (4) def. Laura Wearn, CharlotteN.C.  (5), 5 and 4

           Katie Kirk, DavdisonN.C.  (10) def. Hayley Hammond,  Mooressville N.C.  (2), 19 holes

           Lane Gakeler, GreensboroN.C.  (11) def. Emily Brooks, Chapel HillN.C.  (14), 19 holes



            Katie Rose Higgins, CharlestonS.C.  (4) def. Taylor Allison, ElizabethCity, N.C.  (16), 6 and 5

            Katie Kirk, DavdisonN.C.  (10) def. Lane Gakeler, GreensboroN.C.  (11), 21 holes



            Katie Rose Higgins, CharlestonS.C.  (4) def. Katie Kirk, DavdisonN.C.  (10), 3 and 2



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