Matthews Finishes Seventh At World Amateur



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Oct. 19, 2002

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia --- Laura Matthews, an assistant golf coach with Georgia's Lady Bulldogs, carded a 1-over 74 in the final round of the World Amateur Team Tournament at Saujana Golf & Country Club and finished tied for seventh at even-par 292.

Matthews, a native of Essex, Ontario, paced Canada to a 12th place showing in the team competition.

Matthews moved into contention to capture medalist honors early in the day before slipping down the home stretch. She birdied three of the first five holes -- No. 1, No. 3 and No. 5 -- to move to 4-under for the tournament and within a shot of the lead. A bogey at No. 6 and a birdie at No. 9 left her at 4-under overall at the turn.

Matthews played the back nine of the Palm Course at 4-over. She bogeyed No. 10 and finished with bogeys at No. 16, No. 17 and No. 18.

Thailand's Aree Song Wongluekiet finished at 4-under 288 to win the individual title and also lead her nation to a tie for the team championship. Thailand completed play at 6-under 578, as did Australia.

Canada tied for 12th at 9-over.

Matthews was a four-time All-SEC selection for Georgia from 1998-2001 and was a member of the Lady Bulldogs' 2001 NCAA Championship team before joining the coaching staff as an assistant to head coach Todd McCorkle.

 
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