REONA HIRAI CAPTURES WOMEN’S EASTERN GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP!

Reona Hirai (Furman University), who had the 36-hole lead – kept the lead through today, shooting one under par (71) and beating out a very strong field with a total score of 213.

Magdalena Simmermacher (Old Dominion University) made a very strong run at the leader, nailing 7 birdies in her round and finishing with a 71.  She finished fourth overall.

Second place went to Courtney McKim, who played in the leader group today and also shot 71 (217 total) while Maggie Ashmore (Augusta University) captured third place with a 72 on the last day (220 total).

WEGA also awarded prizes to the following:

5th place:  Sophie DiPetrillo (224) (University of Richmond)

6th place:  Amanda Hollandsworth (226) (Virginia Tech University)

7th place:  Elisa Yang (228) (University of Georgia)

8th place:  Alexis Kershaw (228) (UNC – Greensboro)

Next year’s Championship will be held at the Tanglewood Championship Course near Winston-Salem.

WEGA will be back on the Island with its Senior Amateur Championship, which will be held on the Arthur Hills Course at Palmetto Hall Plantation from October 22 through October 24.

Winner Reona Hirai

TOP NEWS FROM DAY 2

WOMEN’S EASTERN GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP – PLAYER NAILS A HOLE IN ONE!

The Women’s Eastern Golf Championship – which has been played for over 100 years and is one of the oldest and most prestigious women’s amateur championships in the United States – continued today into the second day of competition at Palmetto Hall Plantation.

The women are playing a three-day, 54-hole stroke play championship on the Robert Cupp course. The course set-up is long and pin placements are challenging, all of which makes for a great test of skill.

The field is extremely strong with some of the top college players on the Eastern Seaboard competing.

After two days, the sole leader is Reona Hirai (142 total), a recent Furman University graduate, who exploded into the lead today with a 67. She will be joined in the leader group by Courtney McKin (146 total) and Maggie Ashmore (148 total) (Augusta University). Directly behind them are three strong golfers tied at 149: Sarah Harrison, Magdalena Simmermacher (Old Dominion
University), and Amanda Hollandsworth (Virginia Tech University).
The most exciting moment of the day, however, came at the par 3 th hole, where Ankita Kedlaya made a hole in one on the 119-yard hole with an 8-iron.

Tee times start at 8:00am tomorrow. Admission is free and spectators are welcome.