Posey downs Phillips at State Am

By By Marty Stamper / EMG sports assistant
June 17, 2004
CHOCTAW Barring a couple of major comebacks, Meridian's Pam Posey will face former LPGA Tour pro Cissye Gallagher for the championship of the 71st annual Mississippi Women's Golf Association State Amateur today at Dancing Rabbit Golf Club.
Gallagher, a nine-time champion, and Posey, the 2000 champion, both had four-hole leads at or near the midway point in their semifinal matches when play was suspended due to thunderstorms around 5 p.m. on Wednesday.
Each of the suspended matches was scheduled to resume at 8 a.m. today with the final round to begin one hour later.
Posey knocked off frequent local tournament partner Leigh Phillips on the 19th hole of their quarterfinal Wednesday morning. In the semifinal round, Posey led Jane Gatlin by four holes through eight holes when play was halted.
Gatlin took advantage of a sluggish start by Alexis Rather to take a 3 and 2 win in that quarterfinal.
Amanda Mathis, a freshman at Mississippi State, eliminated nine-time champion Lou Hart of Meridian 5 and 4 in another quarterfinal matchup.
Gallagher knocked off Shannon Adams 4 and 2 in their quarterfinal and held a four-hole lead over Mathis in the semifinals when play was halted as they completed the ninth hole. Gallagher was 1-under at the turn.
At Tuesday night's MWGA banquet, several Meridian golfers received honors. Hart received the Senior Medalist award, while Phillips received the Junior Medalist award. Both shot 72, along with Rather, in Monday's qualifying round.
Jean Murphy received the Super Senior Medalist award.
Briarwood Country Club retained the team trophy for combined score of its four lowest golfers in Monday's round. Contributing were Phillips, Posey, Murphy, and Cathy McFerrin.
Briarwood also was announced as the host site for the 2005 State Am.

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