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Final Four Remain at 16th Carolinas Women's Match Play Championship

Stanley, NC – First and Quarterfinal Round Results of the 16th Carolinas Women’s Match Play Championship hosted by Cowans Ford Country Club on Wednesday , July 10 , 2013.  Par 36-36—72 5975 yards, 74.6/131.

Defending champion, Dawn Woodard of Greer, SC was ousted in the first round of match play by Taylor Allison of Elizabeth City, NC.  Allison carded five birdies on the day in her match against the two time defending champion.  “There was not much I could do out there except try and make birdies,” Woodard said.  “And even then when I did make a birdie it was never good enough to win a hole back.”  Allison would then go on and defeat Casey Ward of Chapel Hill, NC by a 5 & 4 margin to find herself in the semifinals for the first time.  Allison will have to face 2013 Carolinas Women’s Amateur Champion (stroke play) Katie Rose Higgins of Charleston, SC. 

Higgins had to go extra holes in her first match of the day against Lea Venable of Simpsonville, SC.  “It was a tough match,” Higgins said.  “We were back and forth all day,”  Higgins would then go on to defeat 2012 CGA Women’s Match Play Runner-Up, Laura Wearn of Charlotte, NC in the quarterfinals.  The second semifinal match is made up of two East Carolina University Women’s Golf Team members and friends, Katie Kirk of Davidson, NC and Lane Gakeler of Greensboro, NC.  Kirk sailed through the first round after defeating Tiffany Robbins of Fort Mill, SC 6 and 5.  Kirk would then claw her way into the semifinals by defeating medalist Hayley Hammond of Mooresville, NC in 19 holes.  Gakeler would also have to go extra holes in her quarterfinal match against Emily Brooks of Chapel Hill, NC. 

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 is conducted by the Carolinas Golf Association which is in its 104th year of serving amateur golf in North and South Carolina.


Round of 16

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

           Casey Ward, Chapel Hill, N.C.  (9) def. Mallory Hetzel, Waynesville, N.C.  (8), 2 and 1

           Katie Rose Higgins, Charleston, S.C.  (4) def. Lea Venable, Simpsonville, S.C.  (13), 19 holes

           Laura Wearn, Charlotte, N.C.  (5) def. Bethany Galloway, Mint Hill, N.C.  (12), 5 and 4

           Hayley Hammond, Morresville, N.C.  (2) def. Nicole Keyser, Cary, N.C.  (15), 5 and 4

           Katie Kirk, Davdison, N.C.  (10) def. Tiffany Robbins, Fort Mill, S.C.  (7), 6 and 5

           Emily Brooks, Chapel Hill, N.C.  (14) def. Julie Streng, Greensboro, N.C.  (3), 4 and 3

           Lane Gakeler, Greensboro, N.C.  (11) def. Devan Murphy, Charlotte, N.C.  (6), 5 and 4


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

           Katie Rose Higgins, Charleston, S.C.  (4) def. Laura Wearn, Charlotte, N.C.  (5), 5 and 4

           Katie Kirk, Davdison, N.C.  (10) def. Hayley Hammond, Morresville, N.C.  (2), 19 holes

           Lane Gakeler, Greensboro, N.C.  (11) def. Emily Brooks, Chapel Hill, N.C.  (14), 19 holes

Semifinals – Thursday, July 11

           8:00am  Taylor Allison, ElizabethCity, N.C.  vs. Katie Rose Higgins, Charleston, S.C.

           8:09am   Katie Kirk, Davdison, N.C.  vs. Lane Gakeler, Greensboro, N.C. 

Complete brackets including additional flights and divisions can be found here:



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