Our most familiar faces at the Augusta National Women’s Amateur
April 3, 2019


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Like most of the golf world, we’re extremely excited for the Augusta National Women’s Amateur. And we’re especially excited to see how a few familiar faces fare. We’ve seen many of the players in the field come through Pinehurst, most for the Women’s North & South Amateur, but also from U.S. Kids Golf.

Here’s a quick glance at a handful of the most familiar, with a few lines from past stories we’ve written about them.

Isabella Fierro, 2017’s Women’s North & South Amateur Champion

115th Women’s North & South Champion Isabella Fierro

From the Championship Story on July 14, 2017

In the championship match of the 115th Women’s North & South Amateur, Isabella Fierro missed just one fairway on Pinehurst No. 2.

She made up for it with the best shot of the championship.


“Qué orgullo ¡Felicidades!” World Golf Hall-of-Famer Lorena Ochoa-Reyes tweeted to Fierro following the match, which translates to “What pride! Congratulations!”

115th Women’s North & South Amateur Championship

The 16-year-old Mexican phenom rode through all of the highs and lows that the game of golf can sometimes require and came out of them with a brilliant closing stretch of eight holes to beat North Carolina native Anna Redding 2&1 on Friday. Fierro is the first Mexican-born player to win the historic tournament.

“Qué orgullo ¡Felicidades!” World Golf Hall-of-Famer Lorena Ochoa-Reyes tweeted to Fierro following the match, which translates to “What pride! Congratulations!”

A week after the match, Sports Illustrated noted Fierro in its famed “Faces in the Crowd” feature.

Stephanie Lau, 2018’s Women’s North & South Amateur Champion

116th Women’s North & South Amateur Champion Stephanie Lau

From the Championship Story on July 13, 2018

It’s long been said that Pinehurst No. 2 will reward the best of shots, but should a player make even the most minor of mistakes, the results could be devastating.

Just ask Stephanie Lau.

The Northwestern senior appeared to hit a beautiful high-arching iron into the par-3 15th, only to watch from the tee as the ball trickled off the back of the green. From there came perhaps the most cursed shot at Pinehurst, as her putt back up the bank ran to the crest of the green – but no further – seeming to come to a stop until it agonizingly rolled back to Lau’s feet.

Lau lost more than just the hole to Australian sensation Gabi Ruffels late in the championship match of the Women’s North & South Amateur. She lost her only lead to that point in the match, which began with her falling 3-down through the first three holes.

But as Lau walked slowly to the 16th tee square in the match, she perked up a little.

“I love 16,” she said. “I know 16 is a very good hole for me.”


Lau blasted a soaring shot high and deep into the Carolina blue sky, the ball fading ever so slightly. When it landed on the green, there wasn’t so much applause as there were gasps.

116th’s Women’s North & South Amateur Championship

She belted her drive a staggering 275 yards – some 45 yards farther than Ruffels – leaving herself 193 yards to the front of the green and 215 to the pin of the par-5.

“I looked at my caddie and said, ‘That’s a perfect 5 wood,’” Lau said.

It was.

After Ruffels laid up to about 100 yards in front of the green, Lau blasted a soaring shot high and deep into the Carolina blue sky, the ball fading ever so slightly. When it landed on the green, there wasn’t so much applause as there were gasps.

Lau had 5 feet for eagle.

Lau made the eagle to win the hole and regain a 1-up lead. And when she stoically made a testy 5-footer down the hill for par on 17, she had completed one of the more remarkable comebacks to beat Ruffels 2&1 and win the 116th Women’s North & South Amateur on No. 2 on Friday.

Anna Redding, 2017 Women’s North & South Amateur Runner-up

115th Women’s North & South Amateur Runner-Up Anna Redding

From the Medalist Story of the 116th Women’s North & South Amateur on July 10, 2018

A year ago – almost to the day – Anna Redding was fighting tears.

She may not come right out and say it, but the idea of winning of the Women’s North & South Amateur on Pinehurst No. 2 is something that Redding may want more than any other player in the field. The 2013 Girls North & South Junior Champion is playing her fifth Women’s Amateur, and a year ago, the Concord native came agonizingly close, falling in the championship final to Isabella Fierro in a match Redding led 2-up through eight holes.

“I’m really proud of myself,” Redding said then, almost in a whisper and between falling tears, in the Pinehurst clubhouse following the final match last year. “I was just so close.”

But there is something about Redding and the North & South. She reached the semifinals in 2015, the quarterfinals in 2016 and the championship match in 2017. And on Tuesday in the second round of 116th playing of the longest consecutively running women’s amateur in the United States, Redding rebounded from a 6-over 77 in the first round to close with a staggering six birdies on the back nine of a treacherous No. 2 for a 3-under 68. That allowed her to finish in a tie for the lead with medalist Anita Uwadia at 3-over 145.


“I’m really proud of myself,” Redding said then, almost in a whisper and between falling tears, in the Pinehurst clubhouse following the final match last year. “I was just so close.”

115th Women’s North & South Amateur Championship

“For me, Pinehurst just feels like home,” Redding said Tuesday. “I’m from only a couple of hours away and my short-game coach is here (Pinehurst Golf Academy lead instructor Kelly Mitchum), so I’m always around No. 2. And, gosh, I’ve played here enough to know better than most where not to hit it. But it’s just so special here. It’s like my second home.”

She closed in style on 18 with another birdie for the second-round 68, this one from 10 feet, and walked off the course past the manual scoreboard as the leader in the clubhouse.

The only problem? Redding had come back from so far in the field the scoreboard operator was still scrambling to create a placard with her name, leaving, for the moment, an empty spot for the leader.

The 2018 Women’s North & South manual leaderboard was missing one name – Anna Redding’s.
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