Posey loses title
POSEY FALLS Pam Posey, from Meridian, chips onto the ninth green at Canebrake Golf Club in Hattiesburg Thursday. AP photo
June 22, 2001
HATIESBURG (AP) Cissye Gallagher won her ninth MWGA State Amateur championship by defeating defending champ Pam Posey 6 and 5 Thursday at Canebrake Golf Club.
Gallagher, of Greenwood, had birdies on four consecutive holes at one point and was 5-under-par 31 on the front nine.
I did play well,'' she said. No, I probably can't play any better than I did today.''
Boy, she was hot,'' said Posey of Meridian.
Posey dethroned Gallagher in last year's finals at Natchez, ending a run of three consecutive championships for Gallagher.
Posey hurt herself right from the start, when she three-putted at the 305-yard, par-4 No. 1 for a bogey.
Gallagher, on the other hand, chipped out of a bunker to within 12 feet on her third shot, then sank the par putt to grab a lead she would never relinquish.
Gallagher was consistently 30-40 yards longer than Posey off the tee and on target with her short game.
She had easy birdies at Nos. 5 and 6, then with rain starting to fall, hit the shot of the week.
Teeing off at the 133-yard, par-3 seventh hole, Gallagher used a 7-iron, shot straight at the pin and bounced it to within a foot of the hole.
When Posey missed an 18-foot birdie putt, Gallagher had a four-hole lead.