Yang, Bowman Win at The Country Club of North Carolina
By Betsey Mitchell, July, 2019 - The Pilot
The Moore Country Women’s Amateur returned to The Country Club of North Carolina as a success on every level. There was a capacity field featuring the largest championship division since the tournament was retooled in 2013.
Soo Kee Yang from the Colonial Country Club posted a two-day total of 157, winning by three strokes over Alexis Jarrel, who is currently on the UNCW women’s golf team, and Jessica Kitttelberger, a CCNC resident and recent graduate from Dartmouth College.
Sherry Bowman from Mid South led the Friendship Division (shorter tees) with a stellar 77-76—153. [MORE]
Holanek, Pajak Win Moore County Women’s Amateur
By Betsey Mitchell, July 2018 - The Pilot
The field for the Moore County Women’s Amateur hosted by Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club on July 23-24, 2018 included three past champions; Mary-Katelyn Holanek (2013), Laura Kinsman (2014), and Patty Moore (six time champion).
Last year’s champion, Gabby Weiss has since become a PGA professional and is on staff at Pinehurst Resort making her ineligible to compete.
Mary-Katelyn Holanek has won for a second time besting the field by four strokes. The Friendship Division (playing from the forward tees) was won by Pine Needles member, Jane Pajak. Jane’s first round score was a stellar 71, the only sub-par round of the tournament. [MORE]
Gabby Weiss Wins 2017 Moore County Women's Amateur
Betsey Mitchell - July, 2017 - The Pilot
The 40th Moore County Women’s Amateur was held at Pinehurst No. 9 on July 24-25, 2017. It was a heated competition both in the atmosphere and on the field. Congratulations to everyone for surviving the ever rising heat index.
Congratulations to the champion, Gabby Weiss of Southern Pines, NC and member of Pinehurst Country Club. The first place winner of the Friendship division was earned by Sook Hee Yang of Jamestown, NC and member of Colonial Country Club. [MORE]
Ashlii Thompson Wins Woman's Am Title
Betsey Mitchell - July, 2016 - The Pilot
The 2016 Moore County Women’s Amateur hosted by Pinewild Country Club of Pinehurst was another great success for the players and for Friend to Friend.
Ashlii Thompson, a rising senior at UNC Pembroke, had two strong rounds of 73-72 on the 5,902-yard Magnolia course, besting the field by six strokes.
“I love this course and the set up was fun,” Thompson said. “I had to choose my clubs carefully off the tee. There was some heavy rough out there. A real challenge.” [MORE]
Moore County Women's Amateur - And the winner is....
Betsey Mitchell - July, 2015 - The Pilot
For the third year in a row, the winner of the Moore County Women’s Amateur is Friend to Friend, the Carthage-based women’s shelter.
This year’s champion is Ashley Sloup, a rising sophomore at Winthrop University. New this year is the addition of the “Friendship Division,” which was won by Amy Rich of Pinehurst. This division plays a short course.
Back in Business
Betsey Mitchell - July 2014 The Pilot
It wasn’t until all of the players gathered on the practice putting green for a group picture that the Moore County Women’s Amateur committee could truly see what a success this year’s championship had become.
Last year the field topped out at 42 players but it was showing signs of improvement. Over the winter Franny Stewart, Rita Roberts, Bette Rycroft, and yours truly set out to find a way to get the field up to 60 players. The championship capacity is 96 but we didn’t want to get our expectation too high.
To quote Anne Friesen of Friend to Friend, “We blew the doors off that.”
Kinsman Wins Moore County Women's Amateur
Betsey Mitchell - July, 2014 - The Pilot
Laura Kinsman, a rising senior at St. Andrews University shot back-to-back 74s to win the 2014 Moore County Women’s Amateur hosted by Mid Pines Inn and Golf Club in Southern Pines, NC.
Laura found that playing a course much shorter than she is accustomed to was a real challenge to her course management and short game. “I used my notes from the first day to guide my decisions for the second round. If I hadn’t gotten stuck by the tree on the seventeenth, I would have had a better score today. The two birdies kept me in it.”
Let's Play Golf
Entries are now open for the 37th Moore County Women’s Amateur. Just like last year and all the years before, this event is open to amateur women golfers from ages 16 to “we won’t ask”. There is no county residency requirement. Building off last’s year’s success, the host will be Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club in Southern Pines, NC on July 14-15, 2014.
Mid Pines received the 2013 Golf Magazine Best Renovation award and anyone who has seen the exciting changes done by Kyle Franz will agree that this famed Donald Ross course has had a wonderful restoration.
It’s a Win-Win
By Betsey Mitchell July, 2013 - The Pilot
Back in May, our old friend Howard Ward asked if the Moore County Women’s Amateur could be saved. Based on the event at Little River Golf & Resort on July 15-16, the answer is, Yes. What a marvel well organized women can be. A fresh point of view and few adjustments in format can make all the difference.
Entries had been dropping in recent years and the event was on life support but rather than throw in the towel a small band of women decided to give it another try. The hard working committee of Franny Stewart, Bette Rycroft and Rita Roberts accomplished the main goal which was to keep this annual event alive. They didn’t stop there.
Can Women's Amateur Championship be Saved?
Howard Ward/Golf Writer – The Pilot, Southern Pines, NC| Posted: Sunday, May 5, 2013
The verdict is still out on whether the Moore County Women’s Amateur Championship can be saved.
Three concerned women think it can be, and they’re working hard to see their goal accomplished.
Franny Stewart, Bette Rycroft and Rita Roberts have joined forces to rescue the event, which despite its troubled past of low participation and dwindling interest has produced a long list of quality champions.
Included among those winners are six-time champion and Carolinas Golf Hall of Famer Patty Moore and two-time winner Dianne Yelovich. Other recent winners have been Lisa Chandler, Amanda D’Ostroph and Staci Creech.
Fayetteville Observer: May, 2013
Franny Stewart trying to save Moore County Women's Amateur golf tournament
By: Eddie Southards
Franny Stewart is passionate about trying to save the Moore County Women's Amateur Championship.
Just ask her a question about it and you get a 20-minute answer.
The event was in danger of being canceled after less than 30 women played in last year's tournament.
But Stewart and two of her friends have taken it upon themselves to try and keep it going.