MURRELLS INLET — Katie Kirk, a rising senior on the East Carolina University women’s golf team, birdied the final hole Thursday at Wachesaw Plantation Club to win the 88th Carolinas Women’s Amateur Championship by a shot.
Kirk hit her approach to within a foot on the par-5 18th hole for the birdie and win by a shot over playing partners Bailey Cocca of Myrtle Beach, a sophomore on the Coastal Carolina women’s golf team, and Tiffany Robbins of Fort Mill, a recent graduate of Oral Roberts.
Kirk carded a 1-over-par 73 in the final round on the 5,842-yard layout for a 4-over 220 total, while Robbins shot a 73 and Cocca a 74. Cocca is a native of Latham, N.Y., and her family owns Coccadotts Cake Shop in the Socastee area.
The fourth member of the final foursome was two-time defending champion Katie Rose Higgins of Charleston, a senior at Vanderbilt who closed with a 77 to finish four shots behind Kirk at 8-over 224.
Kirk grew up in Davidson, N.C., and the victory is her first in a Carolina Golf Association major championship.
“When I was standing on the 18th tee I knew I had to make a birdie to win,” Kirk told a CGA official following her win. “I just told myself to play the hole as I’ve done all week.
“It was awesome. I’ve always wanted to win a CGA championship. I’ve had a great week. I can’t wait to come back next year.”
Torey Johnson of Conway tied for 14th at 78-75-77–230, Anne Washington of Myrtle Beach finished 34th at 79-79-84–242 and Mallory Thompkins of Georgetown tied for 41st at 85-83-85–253.
Pat Brogden of Garner, N.C., shot a 76 Thursday for a 230 total to win the senior division by three shots over Patty Moore of Charlotte, N.C. and Susan Beaupied of Raleigh, N.C.