D’Ostroph Takes Moore Women’s Am
Amanda D’Ostroph came home and brought her golf game with her.
D’Ostroph, a rising sophomore at Charleston Southern University, returned to her home in Whispering Pines just in time to rock the foundation of the Moore County Women’s Amateur Championship with a wire-to-wire victory on Monday and Tuesday.
The championship, which has been dominated by six-time winner Patty Moore and three-time champ Dianne Yelovich in recent years, was being played on D’Ostroph’s home course, the Country Club of Whispering Pines, and she made the most of the opportunity.
Opening with a 74 on Monday that gave her a one-stroke lead over Moore and three over Yelovich, D’Ostroph went head-to-head with her rivals in the final round and never gave an inch, as all three shot 75s. D’Ostroph finished with 149, Moore with 150 and Yelovich 152.
Still, the 19-year-old, a 2009 Union Pines graduate who helped the Lady Vikings to back-to-back state championships, was not totally satisfied with her play.
“I left a few shots out there,” she insisted. “I didn’t start out as well as I would’ve liked, making bogeys on the first two holes. I just wasn’t exactly hitting the shots I wanted to hit.”
If anything, however, the shaky start and the relinquished lead seemed to settle her down, and she went on to post a 39 on the front, matching Moore.
“I didn’t underestimate Patty at all,” D’Ostroph said. “She’s a great player and can get the ball up and down from anywhere. We had a really good time today.”
In fairness, however, D’Ostroph may have had a better time than her opponents, who were never able to make a real run at her as she proved steady during the rest of the round.
“Amanda definitely knew where to hit the ball,” the impressed Moore said. “She’s very straight and doesn’t miss very many greens. She won it tee to green.”
Moore, the reigning Senior Women’s Player of the Year in the Carolinas Golf Association and a member of the Carolinas Golf Hall of Fame, remembers when winning this event was easier, having won some past tournaments by more than 20 shots before Yelovich appeared on the scene.
“The last five years haven’t exactly been a walk in the park,” Moore said. “But having competition definitely makes it more fun. This course was playing a little harder than some of the others we’ve played, and it was playing a little longer.
“I really enjoyed playing with Amanda. She has all the elements to be a very good player, and she’s fun to watch. She swings from her heels, but she seemed to know where it was going.”
D’Ostroph had an excellent first year with the Division I Charleston Southern team, a member of the Big South Conference.
“I played in all the tournaments and was third on the team,” she said. “I learned from my experiences in college, and I’m more confident in my shots and my ability.”
D’Ostroph admitted that playing at Whispering Pines was a confidence booster. Her family lives alongside the 10th fairway.
“It always helps to know the course,” she said, “but I still gave away some shots in the short game area. That’s what I want to focus on this summer.”
A solid stretch of holes eight through 11 may have been the key to the win.
“I missed the green on the par-3 eighth hole,” she said, “but then made a 7-footer to save par. I made birdie on nine, which gave me the lead on Patty, had a good two-putt par on 10 and made birdie on 11. That was a nice stretch.”
D’Ostroph has a busy summer planned that includes the Women’s Match Play Championship of the Carolinas Golf Association at Cowans Ford Country Club in Stanly July 6-8, a U.S. Women’s Amateur Sectional qualifier at Sapona Country Cub in Lexington July 12 and the Hooters Women’s Collegiate Team Championship in Dahlonega, Ga., Aug. 3-5.
In other results, Isabelle Daley won the Second Flight with 161, followed by Katie Roberts and Diane Hendrick with 170; Carol Carlson won the Third Flight with 172, followed by Peggy Clark and Michaela Meisel with 180; Franny Stewart won the Fourth Flight with 173, followed by Pat Billingham and Diane Tate with 183; Nancy Donley won the Fifth Flight with 204, followed by Elaine Simon with 206 and Sonja White with 208.
Closest to the pin prizes were won by Lauren Carter, who was fourth in the Championship Flight, and Pam Congelosi on Monday, and Katie Roberts and Trish Christina on Tuesday.
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