After coming so close last year to winning the Women’s North & South Amateur, Anna Redding, of Concord, North Carolina, has turned the knowledge she has gained to advance to Wednesday’s Match Play Round of 32, after 2 rounds of stroke play on Pinehurst No. 2 Monday and Tuesday.
“My experience last year, as well as the two years before that, playing in this event on Pinehurst No. 2 has just given me the knowledge of knowing when to go for a flag vs. the middle of the green, when to just take your bogey and move on, and when to just take a breath and say it’s okay, it’s Pinehurst No. 2, said Redding.
“The North South is such an amazing event, and I just feel more and more comfortable competing here, having played a decent number of rounds here in stroke and match play. “
Anna Redding and her father after placing 2nd in the 2017 Women’s North and South Amateur.
All that experience is well deserved. Redding has improved each of the past three years, reaching the semifinals in 2015, the quarterfinals in 2016, and the championship round last year and knows the course as well as anyone in the tournament.
“Now in it’s 116th year, the Women’s North & South holds the record for the longest, comsecutively played women’s amatuer in the United States,” said Brian Fahey, Director of Tournament Operations, Pinehurst Resort and County Club.
Play resumes at 7:00 a.m. Wednesday with the Round of 32, and 1:00 p.m. for the Round of 16. The Quarter Finals and Semifinals will be held on Thursday, with the Finals on Friday morning.
Spectators are encouraged to attend the tournament, free of charge.
Feature photo: University of Virginia’s Anna Redding coming out of the greenside bunker on 17th hole of Pinehurst No. 2 in 2017.
Article and photos by John Patota, Sandhills Sentinel Contributor.