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Tardy storms back to win Women’s North & South Amateur in 20 Holes

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Bailey Tardy stands with the coveted Putter Boy trophy after winning the 113th Women’s North & South Amateur Championship on Pinehurst No. 2. (Photo by Thomas Toohey Brown)

 

BY JORDAN BECK

VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. — Down two holes with two to play Friday in the championship match of the Women’s North and South Amateur, Bailey Tardy needed to dig deep.

The incoming Georgia freshman responded, making par on the final two holes while her opponent, Bethany Wu, the top-ranked junior golfer in the world, slipped up just enough to let her back in the match.

After the first sudden-death playoff hole, Tardy found enough mental strength to drain a lengthy par putt on the 376-yard par-4 second and put the pressure on Wu, who saw her 5-foot par putt rim out.

“It was just a tough match,” Tardy said. “We never conceded any holes. Nothing was conceded except for putts, short putts. I think we both played really well, and we were both exhausted. That’s golf.”

For the seventh-seeded Tardy, the victory marked an incredible run in match play that saw her defeat last year’s runner-up, Lori Beth Adams (2 and 1), in the quarterfinals, and the 2013 Junior Girl’s North and South Amateur winner, Anna Redding (4 and 2), Friday morning during the semifinals.

But the biggest test was the final round against Wu, an incoming freshman at UCLA, who looked unflappable earlier in the day when she defeated the No. 1 seed, Katelyn Dambaugh, 3 and 2.

“I’m really good friends with Beth (Wu) and I played a round with her, I think the second day, so I knew how she was hitting it and that she wasn’t going to let up anytime soon,” Tardy. “It was going to be a good match from the get-go and it was.”

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Bailey Tardy hits a chip shot onto the green during the final round of the Women’s North & South Amateur. (Photo by Sarah Campbell)

 

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Par is good enough for players to advance to Women’s North & South semifinals

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Katelyn Dambaugh, the No. 1 seed, tees off on the first hole of Pinehurst No. 2 during the quarterfinals of the 113th Women’s North & South Amateur. (Photo by Sarah Campbell)

Dambaugh, Wu, Tardy and Redding will vie for place in Pinehurst history

By Alex Podlogar

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VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. – Make par.

If there was a rallying cry as match play wore on during the 113th Women’s North & South Amateur, it was that: Make pars.

And if you happen to make a lot of pars, you’re likely to keep playing.

As Pinehurst No. 2 continued to play difficult amidst July’s warm gusts of wind, a standout field of some of the best women’s amateurs was whittled down to four on Thursday. And, for most the part, the matches were won with a steady stream of pars.

“And in some cases, even bogeys,” said Anna Redding, the 2013 North & South Girls’ Junior champion, who advanced to Friday’s semifinals. “But definitely pars. Oh, I love pars.”

Even Kaitlyn Dambaugh, the No. 1 seed from the University of South Carolina and the only player to break par on No. 2 during the week, found that attrition by par was the path to victory. She won seven holes in her afternoon match against Muchin Keh, taking five of them with pars in her 4 & 2 victory. … Continue Reading

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Dambaugh wins medalist honors after a stunning under par round on Pinehurst No. 2

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South Carolina junior Katelyn Dambaugh fired a 2-under-par 68 on Wednesday to win medalist honors at the 113th Women’s North & South Amateur at Pinehurst No. 2. (Photo by Sarah Campbell)

Dambaugh’s brilliant 68 vaults her to Women’s North & South’s top seed

By Alex Podlogar

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VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. – Finally, Katelyn Dambaugh proved it could be done.

After 272 rounds of stroke play over three days on Pinehurst No. 2, Dambaugh, a rising junior at powerhouse South Carolina, finally carded the first – and only – under par round at the 113th Women’s North & South Amateur on Wednesday.

Dambaugh’s 2-under 68, which included an eagle, five birdies and just seven pars, the first of which came on the 9th hole, enabled her to move from a share of sixth place all the way to medalist honors. Dambaugh edged 2014 Women’s North & South Runner-Up Lori Beth Adams by a single stroke after a three-day total of 8-over-par 218, giving Dambaugh the No. 1 seed entering match play on Thursday.

“This golf course is just so difficult; it’s really tough,” said Dambaugh. “It’s a grinding golf course. You just have to take what you get and move on. You can’t really stay in the past. That’s what I tried to do – stay in the present.”

And she tried to stay positive, even after opening with a bogey. … Continue Reading

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Stephenson builds lead as Pinehurst No. 2 shows its teeth in Women’s North & South

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Clemson recruit Lauren Stephenson leads the 113th Women’s North & South Amateur by five strokes.

Tough playing conditions has players believing No. 2’s U.S. Open reputation

By Alex Podlogar

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VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. – While the Women’s North & South Amateur typically gives everyone a glimpse of the future of women’s golf, most of the top players themselves couldn’t help but think about the past during the second round on Tuesday.

A U.S. Open-style setup makes for a good history lesson.

With Pinehurst No. 2 again showing its teeth, no player finished under par for the second straight day at the 113th Women’s North & South Amateur, allowing Lauren Stephenson’s two-day total of 2-over par 142 to leave the Clemson recruit in control with a five-shot lead over 2014 North & South runner-up Lori Beth Adams.

“I hit a few bad shots, but that’s going to happen out here,” said Stephenson, who shared the first-round lead with Adams after the pair carded even-par 70s on Monday. “You’re not going to be perfect the whole time. My plan on the back nine was when I got in trouble to take the big number out of play and just go for bogey. Making bogey out here isn’t bad.

“Overall I’m thrilled.”

Playing nearly as long it did for the U.S. Women’s Open in June 2014 and with many of the same hole locations, No. 2 played to a stroke average of around 79 for the second consecutive round. The 91-player field has yet to collectively card 100 birdies – the field has just 95 birdies among its players over two rounds – to go with a staggering 585 bogeys.

Those conditions had many players thinking about No. 2 at its best. … Continue Reading

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A runner-up a year ago, Adams returns to Pinehurst – and to the top of the leaderboard

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A year ago, Lori Beth Adams (right) was the runner-up to Alison Lee in the Women’s North & South Amateur. After the first round on Monday, Adams shares the lead.

Adams cards an even-par 70 to share North & South lead with Lauren Stephenson

By Alex Podlogar

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VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. – At the 2014 Women’s North & South Amateur, Lori Beth Adams stood on the 17th tee of the championship match with a 1-up lead.

But Alison Lee, the reigning college player of the year and now a rising star rookie on the LPGA Tour, rallied to win in 19 holes, and now it’s Lee’s photo and Lee’s name on the walls in the Pinehurst Resort Clubhouse.

A year later, though, it’s Adams’ name at the top of the leaderboard.

On a brutal day for scoring on venerable Pinehurst No. 2, Adams made four birdies to card an even-par 70 to share the lead with Lauren Stephenson after the first round of the 113th Women’s North & South Amateur on Monday.

Adams, a graduate of UNC-Wilmington, is playing in her sixth North & South event. In a sense, Pinehurst has become something of a summer home for her. … Continue Reading

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