Laura Coble hangs on to win golf tournament

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Wednesday May 20, 2009
NEWNAN, Ga. - Augusta's Laura Coble birdied the 18th hole for a final-round 79, a tournament-total of 230 and a two-stroke victory over Ashley Medders of Alma, capturing her fourth Greater Atlanta Women's Amateur Championship title. The 40th annual event took place at Newnan Country Club, May 18-20.

Kaley Branton of Cartersville, a member of the Troy University golf team, carded 78 in the final round to finish in sole possession of third place at 237. Fifteen-year-old Amira Alexander of Alpharetta moved from sixth place to fourth in the standings with a final-round 77 and a tournament total of 239. Alei Mitchell of Waycross won the first flight and finished fifth overall at 25-over-par 241with a final-round 81.

Rinko Mitsunaga of Roswell, who played with Coble and Medders in the final pairing, carded 84 to finish sixth at 243. Danielle Davis of St. Simons Island tied with 14-year-old Dayana Marquez of Atlanta for seventh place overall at 245. Kennesaw State golfer Abby Fitzgerald of Leesburg tied for ninth position at 247 with Brenda Pictor of Marietta, a past champion in this event.

Coble, who led wire-to-wire, owned a three-stroke over Medders going into the final round. Medders was able to chip away at the lead with birdies at the 136-yard second and 340-yard fifth. Coble, meanwhile, double-bogeyed No. 3, then suffered three-straight bogeys at 5, 6 and 7. Medders actually held a brief, one-stroke lead after seven, but Coble bounced back with a birdie on No. 8 to even things up through the turn.

All of Medders' work over the front nine to move into a tie with Coble were erased at No. 10, where she carded a triple bogey. She bounced back with a birdie at No. 11, but Coble held on to a two-stroke lead through16. Coble then double-bogeyed the 160-yard, par-3 17th, and once again the players were tied heading into the final hole.