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The 112th North & South Women’s Amateur – The Contenders

Eight of the last 11.

Think about that a second.

Eight of the last 11.

73 percent.

Eight of the last 11 North & South Women’s Amateur champions have drawn paychecks from the LPGA Tour. The equation is near perfect. Win the North & South Am, go on to professional success at the highest level.

The number would’ve likely gone to 9 of 11, but defending champion Ally McDonald is still a college golfer and elite amateur player. And since winning the championship a year ago, she’s had a huge year. A HUGE year.

Not only that, last year’s runner-up, Cindy Feng, who turned pro after also finishing as the runner-up in the 2013 U.S. Women’s Amateur, was tied for 13th in the U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst No. 2. Her highest round was 73.

So yes, the North & South Women’s Amateur field is always deep and talented.

Let’s take a look at some of the top contenders in the 112th North & South Women’s Amateur. (Note: By no means do we think the champion will only come from this list. An example? We didn’t even have Ally McDonald listed as one of our contenders last year.)



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Kocher, Dunne win North & South Junior Championships

David Kocher is the 2014 Junior Boys North & South Champion.




VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. – David Kocher is a closer.

Kocher came into the final round of the 36th Junior Boys North & South Championship one stroke back of the lead, but made three birdies in his first seven holes on his way to firing 4-under 68 and win the championship by four shots over Pinehurst’s Josh Martin on Thursday.

Kocher, who shared the first-round lead after a 3-under 69 on the 6,740-yard Pinehurst No. 8, entered the final round a stroke back of Martin, who won the 2011 and 2012 Donald Ross Junior Championship at Pinehurst.

But Kocher, of Charlotte, was too much on Thursday. After he stumbled with a 74 in Wednesday’s round, Kocher started hot by making birdie on the 2nd, 4th and 7th holes to make the turn in 33. A pair of birdies around a bogey on the back side allowed to keep a comfortable lead.

Martin was unable to keep up with the streaking Kocher, shooting a 1-over 73 despite making six birdies on the day.

Daniel Wetterich shot 69 on Thursday to share third with 2013 Donald Ross Junior Champion Nick Stafford, who closed with a 72. Both players finished the championship at even par.


North & South Junior Girls Champion Brigitte Dunne.

North & South Junior Girls Champion Brigitte Dunne.

In the 36th Junior Girls North & South Championship, Brigitte Dunne entered the final round with what looked to be a comfortable 5-shot lead.

When she stepped to the 17th tee, she seemed to have a comfortable 3-shot lead.

But then she triple-bogeyed 17.

Dunne, of Camarillo, Calif., remained composed, however, making a gutsy par on the par-4 18th at Pinehurst No. 6 before clipping Sarah Spicer with a birdie on the second playoff hole to hold onto the championship despite a final round 76.

Spicer, of Bahama, N.C., shot a sparkling 2-under 70, parring the final eight holes to finish the tournament at 1-under 215 and force the playoff after Dunne’s triple.

Dunne shot an opening-round 67 on Tuesday and followed it with a 72 to lead a pair of golfers by five. Spicer began the day six shots back.

Sera Tadokoro, a member of Hilton Head, S.C.’s International Junior Golf Academy, was third at 2-over 218, three shots back of the leaders.

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Michael Cromie makes history at Pinehurst as dual North & South Champion

Helped by two eagles, Cromie becomes first player in history to win the North & South Junior and the North & South Men’s Amateur


VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. – If you don’t believe in destiny, then you didn’t watch Michael Cromie play golf on Saturday.

In his fourth North & South Amateur appearance, Cromie holed out for eagle from the fairway not once, but twice as he ran roughshod over the most dominant player of the week to capture the 114th North & South Amateur Championship at Pinehurst No. 8.

Cromie, a native of nearby Cary N.C. and an All-American at Georgia, defeated highly regarded amateur Corey Conners 4&3 in the championship round to become the first player in history to win both the North & South Junior Amateur and the North & South Men’s Amateur.

“I can’t put it into words,” said Cromie while clutching his second Putter Boy trophy. “It’s just unbelievable. The history here in Pinehurst, especially after watching the Opens (recently), it’s just really hard to put into words how cool it is, how special it is, just how grateful I am that it was able to work out in my favor.”

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Who should you root for at the 114th North & South?

Who should you root for in the championship match of the 114th North & South Amateur?

Well, that’s not our place to say.

What we will point out is, well…Pinehurst can’t go wrong.

Both players are elite amateur champions. Cananda’s Corey Conners is the 7th-ranked amateur in the world, and is only going to move up. Michael Cromie is a Cary, N.C., native who’s also an All-American at Georgia, a golf powerhouse. He also won the 2007 North & South Junior.

Oh, and they both, well…they both GET Pinehurst.



Cary native Michael Cromie is an All-American from Georgia.


“I was born and raised in Cary, and I’ve lived in the same house all of my life, and so Pinehurst means a ton to me,” he said. “I understand the history and the significance of it. I just…I just love this place.”


Corey Conners is one of the top-ranked amateurs in the world.

Corey Conners is one of the top-ranked amateurs in the world.

And Conners:

“I love Pinehurst, and I love the courses here. The names on that trophy are legends of the game, so to have my name there would be pretty special. It’d be a great honor and pretty proud moment.”

Like we said, we can’t go wrong here.

Play well, gentlemen.

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Canadians provide the fireworks on July 4th at North & South

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Canada’s Corey Conners is one of the top amateurs in the world, and he cruised through his two matches Friday at the 114th North & South Amateur at Pinehurst.



VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. – On July 4th at the 114th North & South Amateur, it was good to be Canadian.

Corey Conners, the No. 7-ranked amateur in the world who hails from Listowel, Ontario, was only the most dominant player in advancing to the North & South semifinals.

And how did fellow Canadian – and No. 16 seed – Blair Hamilton keep up? By first knocking off the top-seeded Rico Hoey in the morning’s Round of 16 before winning two holes to rally past 17-year-old junior golf phenom Austin Connelly in 19 holes.

Conners and Hamilton will join Georgia All-American Michael Cromie, a native of nearby Cary, N.C., and Lehigh’s Harley Abrams in the semifinals, with the chance of meeting for an all-Canadian final in the North & South Championship round on Saturday afternoon at Pinehurst No. 8.

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