Women's Golfer Hilary Homeyer Wins South Atlantic Ladies Amateur

Jan. 17, 2001

As you drive into the parking lot at the Oceanside Country Club, home of the South Atlantic Ladies Amateur, signs of past champions pave the entrance.

The very first sign is Patty Berg (1938-1939) followed by fellow LPGA Hall of Famer Babe Zaharias (1947) with 1998 U.S. Women's Amateur champion Grace Park (1997) another 50 years down the road. The newest sign, which is not there yet, will belong to Hilary Homeyer.

Homeyer, ranked No. 28 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Performance Index, went wire-to-wire to claim her place in Sally history with rounds of 71-74-73-71 for a 1-over-par 289 total.

'It feels really good just to finally win an amateur event,' said Homeyer. The University of Stanford senior started the day with a one-stroke advantage over 14-year-old Aree Song Wongluekiet.

On the third hole, Homeyer made her second bogey of the day to let the youngster grab a share of the lead at 4 over. But the tie didn't last long.

Wongluekiet, No. 1 in the Golfweek/Titleist Women's Amateur Rankings, made bogey at the 130-yard par-3 fourth hole. Homeyer then closed the door on the 2000 Golfweek Junior Player of the Year, making birdies at Nos. 6, 13, 14 and 17.

On the 495-yard, par-5 sixth hole she rolled in a birdie from 10 feet. 'The putt on six, I could not read it at all. I kind of just threw it up there and it went in,' Homeyer said.

At the 323-yard, par-4 13th she hit her approach shot to four feet and rolled in the birdie. She made a 12-footer for birdie at the 165-yard, par-3 14th hole and finished the day with a 12-foot birdie on the 443-yard, par-5 17th.

'I felt like I really struck the ball well today,' said Homeyer, who hit 14 greens and had 29 putts.

Wongluekiet went on to shoot a 4-over 76 to finish in a tie for second with Martha Leach at 7-over 295.

'I just wanted to try my best here, unfortunately I just didn't play well enough today to win but, I think Hilary played great,' said Wongluekiet.

Leach, who was paired with Wongluekiet during Friday's third round, was a witness to the teen-agers fourth career hole-in-one at the 137-yard par-3 16th hole.

'I was watching (Wongluekiet) and learning things that I need to work ... She is the real thing,' said Leach.

The final stop on the Orange Blossom Circuit is the Doherty Cup next week in Ft. Lauderdale. Homeyer will not be playing in the Dougherty due to school. The double major student plans to graduate in the spring.

Courtesy of GolfWeek

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