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Smith secures victory at the 75th N.C. Women's Amateur Championship



Event: 75th North Carolina Women’s Amateur

Host Site: Mooresville Golf Club, Mooresville, N.C

Playing Dates: June 11-13, 2024

Social Media: @CGAgolf1909


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Mooresville, N.C. - Congratulations to Kayla Smith of Burlington, N.C. on winning the 75th North Carolina Women’s Amateur Championship, an official USGA Exemption Event, which carries an exemption into the 124th U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship. 

“It’s obviously great to walk away with the win, especially getting an exemption to the U.S Amateur is a cherry on top,” Smith said. 

She carded rounds of 72-68-68, finishing at 8-under par to win at Mooresville Golf Club by three strokes. Macy Pate of Winston-Salem, N.C. was the 36-hole leader at 5-under par, one stroke better than Smith. 

Heading into the final round, she liked the position she was in; it allowed her to be aggressive.

“It kind of freed me up in the sense that I could really start attacking pins and trying to drop as many birdies as I could,” Smith said. 

Playing alongside Pate, Katherine Schuster of Kill Devil Hills, N.C., and Nicole Nash of Charlotte, N.C, in the final group which teed off at 9:50 a.m, she was 1-under through five holes. 

Smith was in position with close putts on seven and eight, but the birdies didn’t fall. Pate had early struggles which turned the lead into Smith’s hands as the group completed the front nine. 

Although frustrated after not converting, she stayed patient. 

“It was making sure I took a step back and kind of just reoriented myself,” Smith said. 

Those putts started falling on the back nine with birdies on 13, 15, and 16, which increased her lead to three, putting the title within reach.

Through the three rounds, Smith’s play improved. In Round 1, she was 2-under par before double-bogeying the par 5, 18th. After a rough approach which caused the error, she realized she needed to play smarter to start giving herself closer looks on the greens. 

The adjustment translated to a 4-under Round 2 score, providing momentum for her final round.

Off the tee, the course can play quite narrow forcing precision to stay in bounds and away from any penalty areas. Hitting the right numbers became pivotal for Smith to win the championship, her first CGA title.

Pate finished in second at 5-under and Schuster in third at 2-under. Tied for fourth at 1-under were Nash, Emily Mathews of Mebane, N.C., and Ella June Hannant of Pikeville, N.C. 

Countless universities were represented in the field, and Smith just graduated from The University of North Carolina. 

She will play the rest of the summer as an amateur before starting Q-School, the LPGA Tour Qualifying Series. 

“I’m sort of going out into the world of adulthood and golf being my job,” Smith said. “I’m very excited that I’m going to be sort of a rookie, sort of relearning aspects of professional golf.”

Before that transition, the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship, the final event Smith will play as an amateur, is August 5-11 at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, O.K.

She’s played in the championship before and is eager to return.

“It’s really awesome to play in USGA events,” Smith said. “To have that be my last tournament as an amateur, it’s arguably the strongest field in women’s amateur golf, is really awesome.”

The Carolinas Golf Association would like to thank Golf Course General Manager Luke Steinke, Superintendent Shane Staples, and the rest of the Mooresville Golf Course staff for helping put on a phenomenal championship. 

About the Carolinas Golf Association (CGA)

The CGA is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational organization founded in 1909 to promote and protect the game of golf in the Carolinas by providing competitions, education, support, and benefits to golf clubs and golfers. The CGA is one of the largest golf associations in the country, with over 700 member clubs represented by over 200,000 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 and 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 over $3,000,000 since 1977 to benefit Carolinas' golf initiatives, including junior, women and adaptive programs.

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