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Gersten wins Women's Open at Birchwood

Published 8:59 pm, Wednesday, October 3, 2012
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WESTPORT -- Ashley Gersten used a strong final round of golf to reach a personal milestone at Birchwood Country Club in Westport on Tuesday.

The 26-year-old Norwalk resident carded a second day score of 71 at the New England Women's Open, en route to recording her first win with a 36-hole total of 149.

"It was pretty cool," Gersten said.

Gersten, who works at Burning Tree Country Club in Greenwich, edged Liz Caron of Greenwich (150) and CJ Reeves of Bedford, N.Y. (151).

After ending the first round in fourth place, four strokes back of the leader, Caron, with a 78, Gersten came into the final round reminding herself to focus on "just one shot at a time." Despite a steady rain and slick greens, she played some of her finest golf on the last few holes.

"I kind of knew I had an advantage on everyone else because I play my best golf in the rain," she said. "It kind of relaxes me."

On the 17th hole--the toughest on the course, according to Gersten--she sunk a 30-foot uphill putt for birdie. The final hole, she hit a 12-foot putt for the win.

"I was just wanting to give myself a birdie chance," she said.

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