CSU’s Savannah Hallman to defend Ladies City Amateur golf title

Savannah Hallman won the 2014 Charleston Ladies City Amateur golf championship by eight shots. Tommy Braswell/Staff

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Four of the top five finishers, including 2014 champion Savannah Hallman, will be competing in the Ladies City Amateur golf championship that begins Friday at Charleston Municipal Golf Course.

Hallman, a Wando graduate who plays for Charleston Southern, won the Ladies City Amateur title by eight strokes over defending champion Colleen Estes.

Hallman shot a final-round 68 to finish at 2-under 142 and record her first tournament victory. A year before her victory, Hallman carried an 18 handicap but worked with Rickey Sullivan at the Ranch at Bulls Bay and whittled her handicap to 1.1.

Estes, who finished solo second, also returns along with 2009 winner Victoria Tsurutis and fifth-place finisher Ansley Vaughan. The only missing member is 13-time champion Lea Anne Brown, who has another commitment.

Jeannie Hillock, who beat Sandy Bland by one shot to win the Senior Championship for golfers 60 and older, also will defend her title.

Forty-three players are competing in the tournament, with Friday’s tee times ranging from 8-9:50 a.m.