SAVANNAH, Ga. - Lacey Fears caught fire in the final round of the 83rd Annual Georgia Women's Golf Association (GWGA) Amateur Championship on Thursday, collecting six birdies on her way to a 5-under 67. Ultimately, Fears' three-round total of 222 placed her third at the two-day event held at the Deer Creek Course of the Landings Club.
"Today I was patient and let the course come to me," said Fears. "The first two days I was pressing and trying to make things happen. Today was a lot of fun."
Laura Coble, a perennial top Georgia golfer and former Augusta State coach, shot three-straight even par rounds to claim the title. Kathryn Fowler, a rising junior at Mississippi, shot a three-day total of 219 to finish in second place.
"I was proud of Lacey for the way she hung in there," Mercer head coach Gary Guyer said. "She is a fighter and was trying to win this thing. I had a good feeling about her round this morning and sent her a text telling her to go out and have fun. Shooting a 67 is a lot of fun."
The GWGA amateur championship consists of 54 holes of stroke play - the first 36 holes as qualifying for the final 18 final holes of flighted competition. Fears collected scores of 80 and 75 in the first two rounds to earn a position in the nine-player top flight.
Georgia Women's Golf Association is a non-profit corporation whose purpose is to develop, promote, maintain and protect the best interest of the game of golf among the amateur female golfers throughout the State of Georgia; to conduct an annual Championship Tournament and provide recognition of the winners of this event; and to conduct other tournaments as determined by the Board of Directors.