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Messimer Rallies to Win the Carolinas Women’s Amateur

 

CHARLESTON, S.C. (June 10, 2022) -- Final results of the 96th Carolinas Women’s Amateur Championship at Yeamans Hall Club in Charleston, S.C. on June 10, 2022. The Championship Division competed at 6,291 yards and the Carolinas Division competed at 5,395 yards (par 36-36--72).

 

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It was an exciting finish at the 96th Carolinas Women’s Amateur Championship as 15-year-old Madison Messimer of Myrtle Beach, S.C. hoisted the trophy after a nail-biting playoff victory. Messimer went head-to-head with College of Charleston’s Mary Kathryn Talledo of Spartanburg, S.C. in a one-hole playoff after the pair finished at 2-under-par 214. 

 

“I was excited and a little bit nervous coming in,” Messimer said. “I wanted to start out strong, finish strong and make as many putts as possible.” 

 

Messimer was steady all week, carding rounds of 73-70-71 to finish at 2-under-par for the championship. Heading into the final round, Mary Kathryn Talledo held a 4-stroke lead over Messimer after an impressive opening round of 7-under-par 65 and a second round 74. Talledo maintained her lead throughout the final round, but Messimer also maintained her steady play.

 

On the 17th tee, Talledo held a five-stroke lead and had the championship within her grasp. However, things took an unfortunate turn when Talledo made a triple bogey on the tough 387-yard Par-4. While Talledo was struggling, Messimer sunk a birdie putt, resulting in a 4-shot swing on the leaderboard. The pair stepped onto the 18th tee and Messimer seized the momentum.

 

“Honestly, when I was going into No. 17, I didn’t know that I was down five strokes and I hit a great drive,” Messimer said. “I hit my second shot to about six feet and then made the putt for birdie.” 

 

On No. 18, Messimer hit her approach to within birdie range and had a putt to win the championship outright after Talledo bogeyed her final hole. Messimer missed the putt on the high side and with a tie at the top of the leaderboard, the championship headed into a sudden death playoff on No. 18. 

 

“I have been in playoffs before. I was really nervous, but I have won every playoff I have been in so that made me feel better,” Messimer said. “I just wanted to do the same thing that I did when I played No. 18 the first time, but make the birdie putt.”

 

Similar to her play all week, Messimer remained steady during the playoff. Her drive found the center of the fairway, her second shot was in perfect position and her wedge into the Par-5 gave her a chance to redeem her missed birdie attempt from moments before. After a perfect drive and an impressive approach to the front fringe, Talledo seemed to have the advantage. However, Talledo had some trouble with the signature Yeamans Hall Club false front on No. 18 green and after two chips, she had a short par putt while Messimer stared down another birdie opportunity. With a second chance at victory on the line, Messimer sank the birdie putt, sealing her title as the 96th Carolinas Women’s Amateur champion.

 

“It was breaking right. It was the exact same putt I had when I first played 18, but it was just a little longer,” Messimer said. “I missed it on the high side the first time, so I just aimed it in the same spot and it went in this time.”

 

When asked what this victory means to her, Messimer acknowledged her fellow competitors while recognizing that hard work pays off. “It means a lot, because all of the players are really good,” Messimer said. “I’ve worked so hard so it is great that it is paying off.” 

 

Sophia Burnett of Bluffton, S.C came in third place finishing at 216, even-par for the week. In fourth place, Chloe Holder of Williamston, S.C. finished with a 1-over-par, 217 and Alexia Siehl of Fort Mill, S.C. finished in fifth place at 2-over-par, 218.

 

Last year marked the start of the Collegiate Cup during the Carolinas Women’s Amateur. Players who are currently enrolled, will be enrolled in the same year, or just graduated can represent their college or university in a secondary team competition within the championship. The two lowest 54-hole scores from each college or university are combined and the low overall team score wins the Collegiate Cup. With the help of local course knowledge, College of Charleston took home the Collegiate Cup. Mary Kathryn Talledo and Smith Knaffle of Murrells Inlet, S.C. combined for a score of 3-over-par, 435 to secure the Collegiate Cup for the Cougars.

 

In the Carolinas Division, Kerry Rutan of Daniel Island, S.C. secured a 12-stroke victory, finishing at 5-under-par, 211, highlighted by a 3-under-par, 69 in the final round. Rutan, a member at Yeamans Hall Club, also finished as the low senior (age 50+) and low super senior (age 65+) to sweep all available titles in her division. 


 

The Carolinas Golf Association would like to thank the members and staff at Yeamans Hall Club, especially Director of Golf Claude Brusse, General Manager Brian Boss, Clubhouse Manager Karl Cruthirds and Yeamans Hall Club Member and former CGA Executive Committee Member Teddy Stockwell, for graciously hosting the 96th Carolinas Women’s Amateur Championship. 


 

96th Carolinas Women’s Amateur Championship

Yeamans Hall Club, Charleston, S.C.

Final Results: Championship Division

Pos. Player City, State To Par R1 R2 R3 Total
T1 Madison Messimer Myrtle Beach, SC -2 73 70 71 214
T1 Mary Kathryn Talledo Spartanburg, SC -2 65 74 75 214
3 Sophia Burnett Bluffton, SC E 71 76 69 216
4 Chloe Holder Williamston, SC +1 73 71 73 217
5 Alexia Siehl Fort Mill, SC +2 74 74 70 218
6 Katherine Schuster Kill Devil Hills, NC +4 76 71 73 220
T7 Emma Schimpf Daniel Island, SC +5 69 78 74 221
T7 Smith Knaffle Murrells Inlet, SC +5 75 73 73 221
T7 Adrian Anderson Murrells Inlet, SC +5 77 70 74 221
T7 Camila Burnett Bluffton, SC +5 75 72 74 221
11 Alexis Sudjianto Charlotte, NC +6 77 76 69 222
T12 Kennedy Gooding Lexington, SC +7 77 75 71 223
T12 Katie Kirk Charlotte, NC +7 72 77 74 223
T14 Karlee Vardas Lexington, SC +8 78 75 71 224
T14 Isabella Rawl Lexington, SC +8 79 71 74 224
T14 Isabella Britt Chesnee, SC +8 74 74 76 224
T14 Kathryn Carson Mooresville, NC +8 75 73 76 224
T18 Skye Two Hawks Skenandore Aiken, SC +9 76 71 78 225
T18 Mallory Fobes East Bend, NC +9 73 74 78 225
20 Ryann Sinclair Mooresville, NC +10 80 75 71 226
T21 Kiera Bartholomew Wake Forest, NC +11 76 76 75 227
T21 Emily Dunlap Greenville, SC +11 75 75 77 227
T21 Sydney Roberts Chesnee, SC +11 71 78 78 227
T21 Abigail Schimpf Daniel Island, SC +11 72 77 78 227
25 Ella Perna Durham, NC +12 80 76 72 228
26 Carrie Catherine Ganim Greensboro, NC +13 76 75 78 229
27 Kennedy Carroll Mount Pleasant, SC +14 78 74 78 230
T28 Jodee Tindal Rock Hill, SC +15 77 77 77 231
T28 Emma Charles Hartsville, SC +15 78 76 77 231
T28 Kayla Dowell Mebane, NC +15 77 76 78 231
T28 Rachel Rich Mount Pleasant, SC +15 79 74 78 231
T28 Savannah Hylton Hilton Head Island, SC +15 75 76 80 231
T33 Raegan Propes Charleston, SC +16 82 72 78 232
T33 Mia Gray Conway, SC +16 77 74 81 232
35 Hannah Lindemann Charlotte, NC +17 74 79 80 233
T36 Gracyn Burgess Lexington, SC +18 77 81 76 234
T36 Hannah Altman Lake City, SC +18 76 80 78 234
T36 Ellen Yu Greensboro, NC +18 75 80 79 234
T36 Sarah Boteler Greenville, SC +18 77 77 80 234
T36 Victoria Cook Reidsville, NC +18 79 79 76 234
41 Jayne Pardus Mount Pleasant, SC +19 78 80 77 235
T42 Katherine Brictson Raleigh, NC +20 77 81 78 236
T42 Lauren Martin Mooresville, NC +20 81 76 79 236
T42 Taylor Burch Elgin, SC +20 79 78 79 236
T42 Anna Howerton Winston-Salem, NC +20 78 78 80 236
T46 Ivy Schulze Anderson, SC +21 79 77 81 237
T46 Kayla Bartemeyer Mount Pleasant, SC +21 81 77 79 237
T46 Grayson Warren Washington, NC +21 78 82 77 237
49 Samantha Fritzinger Bluffton, SC +22 76 78 84 238
T50 Pin Hsuan Chen Charlotte, NC +23 76 81 82 239
T50 Layla Meric Wesley Chapel, NC +23 82 78 79 239
T52 Amber Capote Waxhaw, NC +25 79 82 80 241
T52 Amber Marsh Elliott Greensboro, NC +25 81 80 80 241
T54 Paige Paolucci Blythewood, SC +26 83 75 84 242
T54 Ava Romfo Charleston, SC +26 80 81 81 242
56 Lexi Bennett Santee, SC +31 88 78 81 247
T57 Kinsley Smith Raleigh, NC +32 82 82 84 248
T57 Gabriela Cruz High Point, NC +32 77 85 86 248
T59 Sophia Martone Holly Springs, NC +33 87 82 80 249
T59 Chayse Cool Goose Creek, SC +33 83 84 82 249
T61 Kate Matthews Greenville, SC +34 87 82 81 250
T61 Rachel Wyatt Charleston, SC +34 86 84 80 250
T61 Lea Venable Simpsonville, SC +34 81 86 83 250
T61 Emily Beiers Lexington, SC +34 83 84 83 250
T61 Lextyn Petz Columbia, SC +34 80 84 86 250
T66 Caleigh Noonan Greenville, SC +37 89 85 79 253
T66 Maria Cassas Apex, NC +37 86 82 85 253
68 Allison Lebo North Augusta, SC +38 85 87 82 254
69 Adrienne O'Brien Clemson, SC +39 90 85 80 255
T70 Emileigh Swords Liberty, SC +41 86 86 85 257
T70 Marilyn Hays Durham, NC +41 87 82 88 257
72 Caroline Heath Clarks Hill, SC +68 92 93 99 284

 

96th Carolinas Women’s Amateur Championship

Yeamans Hall Club, Charleston, S.C.

Final Results: Carolinas Division

Pos. Player City, State To Par R1 R2 R3 Total
1 Kerry Rutan Daniel Island, SC -5 72 70 69 211
2 Catherine Shealy Blythewood, SC +7 77 72 74 223
3 June Wang Huntersville, NC +13 72 79 78 229
4 Pam Prescott Piedmont, SC +14 75 79 76 230
5 Patty Moore Pinehurst, NC +16 75 78 79 232
6 Chrissie Spidell Anderson, SC +18 77 75 82 234
7 Lea Anne Brown Mount Pleasant, SC +28 81 81 82 244
8 Judy Penman Pinehurst, NC +30 83 78 85 246
9 Natalie Huff Elgin, SC +34 86 84 80 250
10 Cathy Martin Johns Island, SC +38 81 83 90 254
11 Kim Clarke Newton, NC +40 84 83 89 256
12 Suzann Bartley Columbia, SC +41 89 84 84 257
13 Julie Shore Raleigh, NC +45 82 89 90 261
14 Susan Christian Simpsonville, SC +64 99 92 89 280
15 Luke Myers Greer, SC +68 99 93 92 284
16 Doris Fisher Simpsonville, SC +72 96 100 92 288
17 Mary Jones Simpsonville, SC +77 96 97 100 293

 

 

Collegiate Cup Results

 

College of Charleston - 435

Mary Kathryn Talledo of Spartanburg, S.C. - 65, 74, 75 - 214

Smith Knaffle of Murrells Inlet, S.C. - 75, 73, 73 - 221

Furman University - 437

Sophia Burnett of Bluffton, S.C. - 71, 76, 69 - 216

Camila Burnett of Bluffton, S.C. - 75, 72, 74 - 221

Clemson University - 444

Katherine Schuster of Kill Devil Hills, N.C. - 76, 71, 73 - 220

Isabella Rawl of Lexington, S.C. - 79, 71, 74 - 224

Augusta University - 447

Chloe Holder of Williamston, S.C. - 73, 71, 73 - 217

Kennedy Carroll of Mount Pleasant, S.C. - 78, 74, 78 - 230

Anderson University - 454

Kennedy Gooding of Lexington, S.C. - 77, 75, 71 - 223

Emma Charles of Hartsville, S.C. - 78, 76, 77 - 231

UNC Wilmington - 454

Mallory Fobes of East Bend, N.C. - 73, 74, 78 - 225

Carrie Catherine Ganim of Greensboro, N.C. - 76, 75, 78 - 229

East Carolina University - 461

Kathryn Carson of Mooresville, N.C. - 75, 73, 76 - 224

Grayson Warren of Washington, N.C. - 78, 82, 77 - 237

UNC Greensboro - 476

Victoria Cook of Reidsville, N.C. - 79, 79, 76 - 234

Ava Romfo of Charleston, S.C. - 80, 81, 81 - 242

Presbyterian College - 484

Sarah Boteler of Greenville, S.C. - 77, 77, 80 - 234

Lextyn Petz of Columbia, S.C. - 80, 84, 86 - 250

 

 

 


 

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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