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Morris Wins 109th PNGA Women's Amateur; Turbide Takes Women's Mid-Am
Rachel Morris of Carlsbad, Calif. won the 109th PNGA Women's Amateur Championship after beating 2008 champion Cyna Rodriguez 8 and 6 in the 36-hole championship match at Clarkston Golf and Country Club in Clarkston, Wash.
Morris put on an impressive display of golf, dominating the match the entire way. In the morning 18 holes she built a 4-up lead by using the brilliant putting she has had all week. She made a 60-foot par putt on the par-4 12th hole to win the hole and capped off the morning round with a 20-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole in front of a large gallery.
After a lunch break, Morris won the first two holes of the afternoon round to build her lead to 6-up. Her approach shot on the par-5 second hole, the 20th of the match, landed in the cup before bouncing out to 5 inches for a conceded birdie. Rodriguez was able to get the margin back to five holes after a birdie on the next hole, but that's as close as it would get as Morris continued to play mistake-free.
After building her lead back to 6-up, Morris would win the 29th hole of the day with a 9-foot birdie putt to go dormie and get to 7-up with seven holes to play. On the next hole Morris nearly holed out her chip and, after Rodriguez missed her 10-foot par putt, the hole and match were conceded to Morris. On the day Morris was 4-under par through their 30 holes and made only three bogeys.
This is Morris's first women's amateur victory after a decorated junior career. She will be a teammate of Rodriguez when she joins the women's golf program at USC this fall. She comes into collegiate golf as the No. 3-ranked junior girl in the world.
In the 9th PNGA Women's Mid-Amateur Championship, also being held at Clarkston Golf and Country Club, Sandra Turbide of Maple Ridge, B.C., defeated Anne Carr 4 and 3 to win the title.
Turbide was playing in only her second PNGA event this week. Her first was the inaugural PNGA Women's Mid-Amateur in 2002, when she was defeated by PNGA Hall of Fame member Joan Edwards-Powell in the quarterfinals. After having barely survived two difficult matches yesterday that each went 19 holes, Turbide came out hot Friday making par on the first eight holes to build a 4-up lead over Carr.
Carr came back on the back nine and was able to cut the lead to only 2-up after their 13th hole, but the early deficit was too much to overcome. Turbide won the 14th hole with a par and then closed out the match with a birdie on the par-4 15th.
The above report is courtesy of the PNGA. For more information about the association, visit www.thepnga.org.