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July 9, 2022

Davidson, Hartwiger claim women’s titles

By Gregg Dewalt, AGN Editor
Molly Brown Davidson, Kathy Hartwiger

Oneonta's Will Patrick qualifies for U.S. Amateur

Molly Brown Davidson notched her second tournament title, capturing the Alabama Women’s State Amateur Championship last week at Mountain Brook Country Club.

Davidson, a rising sophomore at Hewitt-Trussville High School, qualified as the No. 5 seed with a 73. She proceeded to win four straight matches to win the championship.

After beating Ella Parker 5&4 in the first round and Zoe Walker 6&5 in the second round, Davidson took out No. 1 seed Patricia Erhart 2-up in the semifinals. She capped the title with a 2&1 win over Ashley-Sinclair Curtis.

Curtis, of Enterprise, advanced to the final match with a 1-up win over Birmingham’s Taylor Trible.

“It feels great to win because I know that the hard work that I put in is coming through,” said Davidson.

It was Davidson’s second victory in a month. In early June, she ran away with the Alabama Girls State Junior Championship in an eight-shot victory.

In the Women’s State Amateur Championship Consolation Bracket, Anna Christian Beeker of Tuscaloosa and Lauren Thompson of Midland City tied.

Women’s State Amateur Flight Results

Flight 1: Emilia Smith of Enterprise defeated Hope Harrell of Guntersville
Flight 2: Allison Howard of Newton defeated Julie Waldo of Prattville
Flight 3: Saxon Skinner of Tuscaloosa defeated Katelyn Foster of Mobile
Flight 4: Emma Fortier of Hoover defeated Mary Charles Davis of Auburn

Women’s State Senior Match Play Championship

Birmingham’s Kathy Hartwiger won the 4th Alabama Women’s State Senior Match Play Championship, downing Theresa Mahlik of Madison 3&2 in the final match.

Hartwiger was coming off a second-place finish in the Alabama Women’s State Stroke Play Championship in June.

Mahlik was coming off a runner-up finish at the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship qualifying. Her 5-over 77 at Wynlakes Country Club secured a berth in the upcoming championship set for Anchorage, Alaska July 30.

Women’s State Senior Flight Results

Flight 1: Dina Murray of Chelsea defeated Nancy Gavin of Jacksons Gap
Flight 2: Emily Johnson of Vestavia defeated Lynn Glover of Trussville
Flight 3: Kay Theodoss of Hampton Cove defeated Jane McGriff of Birmingham

U.S. Amateur Qualifying

Will Patrick of Oneonta and Alfie Fox of England both shot 11-under 131 at Burningtree Country Club to share medalist honors and earn the first two qualifying spots for the upcoming U.S. Amateur Championship.

Patrick carded a 7-under 64 for round one and a 4-under 67 for round two. Fox posted a 3-under 68 for round one and 8-under 63 for round two.

Harrison Davis of Fort Payne posted shot 134 to claim the final qualifying spot. Mac Murphy of Decatur shot 135 to claim the first alternate spot, while Ethan Hagood of Birmingham claimed the second alternate position at 137.

The top three advance to the 2022 U.S. Amateur at Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, New Jersey, on Aug.15-21.

Gregg Dewalt is the editor of Alabama Golf News.

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