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Kuehn Claims the N.C. Senior Women's Amateur Title

 

BURLINGTON, N.C. (May 10, 2022) -- Final results of the 18th North Carolina Senior Women’s Amateur Championship at Alamance Country Club in Burlington, N.C. on May 10, 2022. The championship division competed at 5,364 yards and the Carolinas division competed at 4,964 yards (par 35-36--71).

 

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Brenda Kuehn of Asheville, N.C. took a dominant seven-stroke lead in the opening round and was able to carry that momentum into the final round to ultimately capture the 18th North Carolina Senior Women’s Amateur Championship with a 2-over-par, 144 overall finish.

 

Kuehn attributes her incredible opening round of 2-under-par, 69, the only round under par in the championship, to her strong wedge game. She was able to hit it close on the greens and drop the putts when the time came. Her final round included more of the same: fairways and greens.

 

The Wake Forest Sports Hall of Famer had a solid margin over the field at the start of the round. She just needed to play it safe and capitalize on her birdie looks when she had the opportunity to hold onto that lead. 

 

Kuehn did just that with a birdie on No. 8 to make the turn at 2-over-par, 37. Then on the back-nine, the pressure started to set in as she bogeyed Nos. 12, 13 and 14, while Sook Hee Yang of Jamestown, N.C. started to close the gap with a birdie on No. 10. 

 

“I had three bogeys in a row on the back and to stop the bleeding I had to make an up-and-down on the par-3, No. 16,” said Kuehn. “I was in the bunker which was tough, but was able to get up-and-down so that felt really good and got the momentum back up.”

 

From there, Kuehn birdied No. 17 and rolled in with a par on No. 18 to claim her first senior CGA championship title. “I haven’t played much competitive golf recently,” said Kuehn. “I had a parenthesis in my life while I was raising my kids, which I loved. Honestly, yesterday I was more focused on Rachel and Taylor playing than I was myself. But I missed the competition, so it is great to be back.”

 

Kuehn is an 8-time CGA Champion including two Carolinas Women’s Amateur wins in 1998 and 2001. Her 2001 Carolinas Women’s Amateur win was her last CGA title until, of course, her incredible victory today at the North Carolina Senior Women’s Amateur. 

 

Kuehn remarked, “I had no idea that I would still be competitive after 20 years without competing. It is nice to feel the butterflies again and it is so rewarding when you hit a great shot in a competition, so I am very happy to be back at it.”

 

Yang earned runner-up at 7-over-par, 149 overall and carded the lowest round of the day today at 1-over,par, 73. Birdies on Nos. 4 and 10 helped her to secure second place, which is her best finish yet in this event. Twenty-two-time CGA Champion, Patty Moore of Pinehurst, N.C. and Judy Penman of Pinehurst, N.C. tied for third at 12-over-par, 154 overall.

 

Kelly Whitley of Greensboro, N.C. captured the Carolinas Division with an 8-over-par, 150 finish. Notably, Whitley carded two birdies in her final round today on Nos. 3 and 6 to help climb her way atop the leaderboard. June Lee of Durham, N.C. finished just one stroke shy of Whitley’s lead at 9-over-par, 151 overall to claim runner-up. Close friends and members at Lonnie Poole Golf Club, Christine Merrill of Raleigh, N.C. and Julie Shore of Raleigh, N.C. tied for third at 14-over-par, 156 and also share the esteemed honor of low super senior.

 

The Carolinas Golf Association would like to thank the members and staff at Alamance Country Club, especially Director of Golf Drake Woodside, for graciously hosting the 18th North Carolina Senior Women’s Amateur Championship. 

 

18th North Carolina Senior Women’s Amateur Championship

Alamance Country Club in Burlington, N.C.

Final Results: Championship Division
 

Pos. Player City, State To Par R1 R2 Total
1 Brenda Kuehn Asheville, NC +2 69 75 144
2 Sook Hee Yang Jamestown, NC +7 76 73 149
T3 Patty Moore Pinehurst, NC +12 76 78 154
T3 Judy Penman Pinehurst, NC +12 79 75 154
T5 Toni Notaro Pinehurst, NC +13 78 77 155
T5 Pat Brogden Garner, NC +13 79 76 155
7 Hui Chong Dofflemyer Pikeville, NC +14 77 79 156
8 Kathy Binkley Cornelius, NC +17 80 79 159
T9 Sarah Phillips-Durst Pinehurst, NC +19 83 78 161
T9 Kendra Muir Pinehurst, NC +19 79 82 161
T11 Janis Romeo Charlotte, NC +20 78 84 162
T11 Lori Teague Taylorsville, NC +20 82 80 162
T13 Ramona Jackson Wilmington, NC +22 83 81 164
T13 Angela Stewart Greenville, NC +22 81 83 164
15 June Wang Huntersville, NC +23 88 77 165
16 Tammy Johnson Taylorsville, NC +24 82 84 166
T17 Katherine DeVore High Point, NC +26 81 87 168
T17 Marilyn Hays Durham, NC +26 80 88 168
19 Leigh Armentrout Greensboro, NC +29 91 80 171
20 Robin Gallagher Hillsborough, NC +31 89 84 173
21 Patricia Cuero Nielsen Charlotte, NC +35 87 90 177
22 Ann Miller Chapel Hill, NC +43 88 97 185
23 Lisa Mooneyham Graham, NC +45 93 94 187

 

 

18th North Carolina Senior Women’s Amateur Championship

Alamance Country Club in Burlington, N.C.

Final Results: Carolinas Division

 

Pos. Player City, State To Par R1 R2 Total
1 Kelly Whitley Greensboro, NC +8 77 73 150
2 June Lee Durham, NC +9 75 76 151
T3 Christine Merrill Raleigh, NC +14 79 77 156
T3 Julie Shore Raleigh, NC +14 75 81 156
5 Barbara Munnett Winston-Salem, NC +16 75 83 158
6 Ellen Ollett Sanford, NC +17 81 78 159
7 Bonnie Montgomery Jamestown, NC +18 78 82 160
T8 Therese St Peter Southern Pines, NC +20 84 78 162
T8 Karin Wu Charlotte, NC +20 81 81 162
10 Martha Mirman Pinehurst, NC +21 81 82 163
11 Clate Aydlett Elizabeth City, NC +22 84 80 164
12 Stacey Schaeffer Raleigh, NC +23 84 81 165
T13 Mary Rhodes Greensboro, NC +24 83 83 166
T13 Maria Malone Greensboro, NC +24 83 83 166
15 Jamie McDevitt Southern Pines, NC +25 81 86 167
16 Pamela Finlen Reidsville, NC +28 86 84 170
17 Nancy Cooper Burlington, NC +30 80 92 172
18 Cheryl Stamp Wallace, NC +31 91 82 173
19 Lynne Batchelder Greensboro, NC +36 87 91 178
20 Stephanie Cuomo Raleigh, NC +37 89 90 179
21 Ryoko Berkowitch Elon, NC +39 89 92 181
22 Marianne White Moncure, NC +40 88 94 182
23 Denise Atkins Pinehurst, NC +44 90 96 186
24 Paige Donnelly Raleigh, NC +45 92 95 187
25 Denise O'Geary Rocky Mount, NC +48 92 98 190
26 Sara Farthing Liberty, NC +50 96 96 192

 

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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