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June 7, 2013

Ramsey cruises at GSGA match play event

MILLEDGEVILLE — Coming off a second place finish in her final junior major out west, Ashlan Ramsey tore through the field in the Georgia Women’s Match Play Championship at The Legends at Chateau Elan.

Ramsey defeated Ji Eun Baik of Newnan, 7 and 5, to win the title Wednesday. The Milledgeville resident’s game is rolling.

“Things just fell into place where I had confidence in myself going into this week and even more after this week heading into the summer,” Ramsey said.

After a one-over-par 73 seeded her third in the 32-player match format, Ramsey literally controlled every matchup.

She clinched the win in all five matches without reaching the 15th hole.

Ramsey made the final match with wins over Kimberly Graff of Lilburn, 5 and 4, in the round of 32; Ivy Shepherd of Peachtree City, 8 and 7, in the round of 16; Jackie Rajek of Suwanee, 5 and 4, in the quarterfinals; and Jessica Haigwood of Roswell, 6 and 5, in the semifinals.

The Wednesday morning final was more of the same.

To start the final match, Ramsey quickly went 1 up over Baik after the opening hole win. Baik birdied the par-4 fourth hole to even the proceedings.

Then, Ramsey won three straight holes, going 3 up through seven. Making the turn with a 3 up advantage, Ramsey won holes 10, 11, 12 and 13 to cap off a dominant run.

The demanding Chateau Elan layout suited Ramsey.

“It wasn’t very easy, but at the same time if you were playing well it rewarded good shots,” she said. “It fit my eye.”

Her mature strategy and target focus kept Ramsey strong when opponents cracked during match play. The John Milledge Academy grad treated the event like stroke play with par as the goal.

“The players that I was playing against were really good, but the golf course just demands good shots. It was who could hold it together in each match,” Ramsey said.

Georgia’s top female amateur isn’t resting. She heads to the Eastern Amateur in Virginia next week and the Ohio’s Western Amateur the following week.

“I’m excited that I’m doing new things and playing new tournaments. I feel like my game is progressing how I want it to. I’m taking the necessary steps to compete at a higher level,” Ramsey.

A heavy summer schedule should have Ramsey prepared for the Clemson University golf team transition this fall.

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