The final round of the 2019 WSCGA State Amateur Championship was full of excitement and great golf. The day was perfect, sunny, slight breeze and high around 78 on the amazing Cotton Dike golf course on Dataw Island. Three players shot under par today, two of them sisters with one having her career best tournament showing to date.
Jodee Tindal started the day with a one shot lead over 7 time WSCGA State Amateur Champion Dawn Woodard and two shots over Sophia Burnett. Tindal got off to a slow start with a few bogey's setting her back in the race for the championship. Both Woodard and S. Burnett started making putts and fought neck and neck the whole day, ending up in a tie for the lead. Woodard posted a final round one under 71 while S. Burnett carded a two under 70 for a two day total of 217 for the both of them. After scorecards were verified, the two competitors headed to the 18th hole to start what would turn into a 5 hole playoff for the championship. S. Burnett won the coin toss to tee off first and stripped it down the middle, duplicated by Woodard. S. Burnett and Woodard laid up to their favorite yardage on the par 5 leaving routine wedges into the green. Sticking their wedges to with in 20 feet and edging the hole for birdie, both players made par and proceed to replay the 18h hole in the play off.
The second playoff hole was a mirror image of the first with both making par and heading to the par 4, 17th hole to continue in sudden death. It was obvious each one had showed up to win a championship, never missing a fairway and making another textbook par on the 3rd play off hole to return to the 18th. This time the committee moved the tees up to add the temptation of going for the par 5 in two and it worked. Woodard adjusted her game plan hitting Driver off the tee setting herself up with a tight slight downhill lie to hit hybrid into the green in two. Leaving it out to the right a little giving her a tough chip to a green that slope away towards the water on the front left tucked hole location. Hitting it to 10 feet and leaving the ball hanging on the lip for par. S. Burnett stuck to her game plan and hit 3 wood off tee and preceded to lay up to her favorite yardage for position on birdie. Flying her wedge to 15 feet and just missing birdie, S. Burnett took par continuing the play off to the 5th and final hole.
Replaying 18 again, Woodard stuck to her aggressive play crushing driver and hybrid but this time sticking her second shot to 25 feet from the pin for an eagle putt. S. Burnett stayed steady playing to her go to yardage and leaving herself a 20 foot putt for birdie. Woodard just misses eagle, hitting the ball past the hole and leaving herself a 5 footer coming back for birdie. S. Burnett grazed the low side of the cup, just missing birdie and secured her par. Woodard proceeded to drain the putt for her record setting 8th WSCGA State Amateur Championship win.
Championship Division - First Flight
Overall Champion - Dawn Woodard - 217
First Place - Sophia Burnett - 217
Second Place - Jodee Tindal - 219
Kayleigh "Buggy" Reinke - 227
Anna Grace Brock - 231
Peyton Gillespie - 232
Lexi Bennett - 241