CGA Announces 37th Carolinas Women's Four-Ball Championship


WEST END, NC August 7, 2014 – The Carolinas Golf Association announces the 37th Carolinas Women’s Four-Ball Championship at Dataw Island Club (Cotton Dike) in Dataw Island, SC on August 11-12, 2014.

Dataw Island Golf Club

Dataw Island Golf Club

27 teams are entered in this year’s championship. Entry is open to any female amateur golfer who has reached her 13th birthday by August11, 2014, is a legal resident of the North Carolina or South Carolina, is a member in good standing of a club which is a member of the Carolinas Golf Association (CGA) and has an active GHIN USGA Handicap Index at a CGA member club.

The championship format is contested at 36 holes of four-ball stroke play with a Championship division and a Tournament division. Gross scores only. Teams have the option to compete in either the Championship division or the Tournament division. Tournament division plays a shorter course and is ineligible for the overall championship. The field will be pre-flighted by total team handicap index. Team handicap index is computed by adding 2/3 of the lower handicap index to 1/3 of the higher handicap index.

A series of dikes, created to generate more planting ground for 18th century plantation cotton fields, influenced the Cotton Dike course by Tom Fazio. Fazio is one of the country’s finest golf course designers known for his waterfront challenges. Jenkins Creek flows by nearly half of the 18 holes, between emerald fields and fairways. For more than three decades, Tom Fazio and his design staff have created award-winning courses throughout the United States. His Dataw creation puts a premium on a player’s imagination.

“From a playability standpoint,” Fazio says, “the seventh hole offers numerous options as a three-shot hole or as a reachable par-five for long hitters, and if the golfer avoids the forest on the right and the lagoons on the left, a birdie is a distinct possibility.” In 2011 the Cotton Dike course was completely renovated and now plays better than ever. As a result of this thoughtful renovation, It has retained its place as one of the Lowcounty’s finest courses. Dataw Island Club has previously hosted the 2013 Carolinas Senior Four-Ball Championship.

Two teams hold the record for the lowest total of 129:

Amber Marsh and Page Marsh of Jamestown, NC at the CC of South Carolina in Florence, SC (1996).
Blythe Worley, Greenville, SC and Laura Crawford, Lancaster, SC at Seabrook Island Club (Ocean Course) in Seabrook Island, SC (2006).

The most Carolinas Women’s Four-Ball titles won by any team is three which belongs to two teams:

Linda Marsh and Page Marsh of Jamestown, NC in 1982, 1984, 1985;
Leigh Armentrout of McLeansville, NC and Vicki Layton of Greensboro, NC in 1987, 1989 and 1990.

In the 2013 Women’s Four-Ball championship, Maureen Dunnagan and Kathryn Miranda of Lexington, SC converted a birdie on the first playoff hole to capture their first Carolinas Women’s Four-Ball title. Also finishing in a tie for first place at the end of regulation play were the teams of Courtney McKim, Raleigh, NC and Stephanie Pribonic, Wake Forest, NC and Lea Venable, Simpsonville, SC and Hayley Hammond of Mooresville, NC. Venable (2 CGA titles) and Hammond (1 CGA title) are teaming up again to compete for this year’s title. Miranda will be playing with a new partner, fellow Lexington, SC resident, Rachel Moore while McKim and Pribonic are not in this year’s field.

Other notable players and teams to watch for include: Patty Moore (16 CGA titles), Charlotte, NC and Kim Briele (1 CGA title), New Bern, NC; Debbie Adams (7 CGA titles), Asheville, NC and Amber Marsh Elliott (1 CGA title) of Greensboro, NC; and Karen Ferree (3 CGA titles), Hilton Head, SC and partner Susan Beaupied of Raleigh, NC.

Dataw Island logoDataw Island Club Information
Address: 100 Dataw Club Road, Dataw Island, SC 29920
Director of Golf: Dave Britton, PGA
Head Golf Professional: Josh May, PGA
Course Superintendent: Brian Hollingsworth
Course Architect: Tom Fazio
Championship Division Tees: 5700 yards, par 36-36–72; Course/Slope Rating: 69.1/120
Tournament Division Tees: 5100 yards, par 36-36–72; Course/Slope Rating: 65.0/111
Phone: (843) 838-8250
Map & Directions: click here

Championship Schedule:

Sunday, August 10

Monday, August 11

Wednesday, August 12 

All Day: Tee times available for practice rounds

First Round – 18 holes of four-ball stroke play – (tee times)

Final Round – 18 holes of four-ball stroke play – 9:00am shotgun
Awards Luncheon – Immediately following completion of play

To view the pairings, starting times and hole-by-hole scoring throughout the championship, click on the following link:

For more information about the 37th Carolinas Women’s Four-Ball Championship of the Carolinas Golf Association and many other Carolinas Golf Association events, visit the Championship Home Page online at The CGA will post any tournament delays or cancellations via our Twitter account. Follow @cgagolf1909.