Local golfers compete at 66th North Carolina Women’s Amateur Championship

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Sarah Spicer of Bahama put an exclamation point on her win after holing out for eagle from the fairway on her final hole in the final round of the 66th North Carolina Women’s Golf Association (NCWGA) Women’s Amateur Championship.

Spicer, 17, held a large lead throughout the day with her steady play and captured the championship with a seven-stroke win over Courtney McKim of Raleigh at Porters Neck Country Club on Thursday.

Ashley Sloup just finished up her freshman year at Winthrop. Photo courtesy- @Ashley_Sloup on Twitter.
Ashley Sloup just finished up her freshman year at Winthrop. Photo courtesy @Ashley_Sloup on Twitter.

“If I could have putt better today I could have really shot a low round,” Spicer said. “But to hole out for eagle from the fairway on my final hole, that was just crazy. This is a great win for my career. It’s a great tournament with a lot of history and I’m happy to now be a part of that history.”

Spicer’s 70 on the day three was good enough to finish two-under-par for the championship. She also became the third player in NCWGA Amateur history to win the overall championship as well as the junior prize as well.  The junior prize is given out to those players participating who are 17 years of age or younger.

Of the 33 golfers in the field, four players from the Wilmington area competed as Ashley Sloup (Southport) finished in fifth place, 10 strokes off the pace. In late May, Sloup also placed fifth at the 89th Annual Carolinas Amateur Women’s Golf Championship held at Treyburn Country Club in Durham.

Former Laney standout Caroline Cahill ended the three day tournament tied for 13th, while Sydney Boyd (Wilmington) fired a low round 77 on day two of the event. Alei Mitchell (Wilmington) placed 24th overall.

This championship is open to all women who are residents of North Carolina of all ages and abilities.  For more information visit www.ncwga.com .

Overall leaderboard 

No. 1 Sarah Spicer, Bahama, N.C. – 73-71-70–214

No. 5 Ashley Sloup, Southport, N.C. – 75-76-73–224

T-13   Caroline Cahill, Wilmington, N.C. – 77-78-78–233

No. 22   Sydney Boyd, Wilmington, N.C. – 82-77-79–238

No. 24   Alei Mitchell, Wilmington, N.C. – 82-78-81–241