July 31, 2008
Albany - With a five time winner battling a teen phenom in the final round, you would think experience would be an advantage.
That was not the case with 14-year Mariah Stackhouse beating five time Georgia Women Amateur champion Laura Coble in a three-hole playoff.
Mariah Stackhouse said "I just knew I had to play well and play even. Laura is a good player out there. She makes a lot of birdies. She can fight."
Laura Coble said "I felt fairly confident of where I stood. I knew what I needed to do down the stretch. I just didn't quite get it to the house like I needed to."
Coble started the final round one shot behind Stackhouse and had two shot lead after a birdie at 14.
Stackhouse birdied 17 to close the lead to one shot.
At 18, Coble found the sand with her second shot and could not get up and down.
The bogey set up a three hole playoff that started on the ninth hole, moved to number ten and finished at 18 at the Stonebridge Country Club.
The playoff started with errant tee shot at number nine that led to a double bogey six for Coble.
Stackhouse parred the ninth and tenth holes while Coble bounced back with a birdie at the tenth to cut the lead to one.
The 14-year old showed nerves of steel on the final playoff hole.
She hit her second shot to within ten feet to finish her win with a birdie.
Southland's Kathryn Fowler finished in third place at 222 which was four shots behind Stackhouse and Coble.
Albany's Debbie Devane shot a 241 to win the first flight.
Helen Kirbo finished second with a 246.
Here are the flight winners.
1st -Debbie Devane 241
2nd -Leslie Elkins 244
3rd -Deana Atkins 261
4th -Dale Perry 271
5th -Mary Louise Rucker 280
6th -Jessica Doyle 291