Stanley, N.C. – Virginia sophomore golfer Eleana Collins (Pinehurst, N.C.) won the 12th annual Carolinas Women’s Match Play Championship at the Cowans Ford Country Club in Stanley, N.C. It was her second amateur title this summer. She previously took top honors at the 83rd Women’s Carolinas Amateur Championship.
In the finals Collins defeating 55-year old Pat Brogden of Garner, N.C. 6 & 5.
"I played pretty well today,” Collins said. “I didn't make many mistakes and my putting was pretty strong."
Collins was 5-up with five holes to play when heavy storms started to threaten the area. She hit her approach shot on the green just left of the hole when she realized this was the same putt she had in her morning match. With a confident stroke she calmly made the putt for a birdie and the win.
"I was just trying to snuggle it up there but all of a sudden it went in and the match was over,” she said. “I am pretty excited."
Collins is feeling confident in her game as she prepares for the North-South Women's Amateur Championship that will be held in her hometown next week.
Players were placed into fights for match play with the top 16 women competing for the overall championship.
This championship was conducted by the Carolinas Golf Association, which is celebrating 100 years of serving amateur golf in the Carolinas.
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