June 8, 2006
PINEHURST, N.C. --- Georgia's Taylor Leon won her quarterfinal and semifinal matches of the 91st Annual Women's Southern Amateur Championship at the Country Club of North Carolina's Dogwood Course on Thursday to advance to Friday's championship.
Leon, who was a first-team All-America pick and the SEC Freshman of the Year for the 2005-06 collegiate campaign, battled through a couple of rain delays on Thursday before securing each victory. She will face Stacy Lewis in the 36-hole final.
In the morning, Leon defeated Lauren Doughtie, a sophomore from N.C. State, 4 and 3. She was 1-up entering No. 9 before a one-hour rain delay. When play resumed she quickly closed out the match following No. 15 when she had a four-hole advantage with just three to play.
Leon returned in the afternoon and defeated Southern Am defending champion Laura Coble, 2 and 1. That match was suspended at all square through No. 12 due to inclement weather. Leon took a 1-up advantage shortly after play resumed and maintained that edge through No. 17 to end the match.
Leon, who tied for 16th individually at the recent NCAA Championships, will now face Lewis, a sophomore from Arkansas who tied for ninth at the NCAAs, in Friday's final, with 18 holes played in both the morning and the afternoon. The matchup guarantees the Southern Am champion will be from an SEC school for the fourth time in the last seven years.