Katie Higgins of Charleston rallied to beat College of Charleston golfer Kathryn Miranda and win her second straight Carolinas Women’s Amateur golf championship Thursday at Treyburn Country Club in Durham, N.C.
Higgins fired a final-round 69 and finished the 54-hole tournament at 3-under-par 213. Miranda, who led after each of the first two rounds, shot a 1-over 73 in the final round and finished three shots behind Higgins. Sarah Bae of Cary, N.C., and Meghan Moore of Bahama, N.C., tied for third with scores of 219.
“This was different than last year (at Yeamans Hall) when I was trying to hold onto the lead,” Higgins said. “I had in my mind that I wanted to shoot 4-under. I thought that would do the job. I just stayed patient and worried about my own game.”
Higgins, who trailed Miranda by one shot going into the final round, quickly found herself three shots back after Miranda birdied the first two holes. But Higgins battled back and was tied going to the final nine holes. She birdied 10, 11 and 13 to take control.
Higgins made only two bogeys while recording five birdies. Miranda had four birdies and five bogeys.
Higgins, who graduated from the University of South Carolina in three years, earning summa cum laude honors with a 4.0 grade point average in business administration, did not play for the Gamecocks this past year while concentrating on school. She hopes to continue her college golf career in graduate school.
“I was just being a student this past year so I hadn’t played much since Christmas,” Higgins said. “I thought I would be rusty. I was just using this tournament to see where I am mentally and physically. I knew I would have a chance if I played to my abilities, but I didn’t know how much rust would be there.”