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Augusta James wins Canadian women's amateur golf title

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WOODSTOCK, Ont. - Augusta James of Bath, Ont., won the Canadian women's amateur golf championship by six strokes on Friday.

She carded a 2-under 69 in her final round at Craigowan Golf and Country Club to finish 14-under for the tournament.

James had a tournament-record 8-under 63 on Thursday.

"There's no better way to describe it then I'm pumped," said James. "It's such an honour to be part of a strong tradition, so many fantastic women before me have won this tournament so I'm proud to have my name up with them."

Over the 72-hole championship, the N.C. State Wolfpack senior carded 19 birdies and only five bogeys.

The victory also earned the 21-year-old exemptions into the 2014 Canadian Pacific Women's Open and U.S. women's amateur championship.

"(My coach) and I were talking about how I've put in a lot of work and it's tough because you want to force it to happen but you have let it happen," James said. "This week obviously I was able to do that and I'm proud of myself and happy that I was able to."

James's family and her Canadian and college teammates were behind the 18th green to celebrate when she finished.

"We do play an individual sport, we all have different tee time things like that but we are through and through a team and we want the best for each other," James said. "Brooke (Henderson) and I roomed together this week and there was never any type of issues, we had a great night last night and a great night all week, to have that support from my N.C. State team and Golf Canada was fantastic."

Australia's Su-Hyun Oh finished second at 8-under par after a final round 2-under 69. Oh narrowly edged Henderson, from Smiths Falls, Ont., who carded a 1-under 70 on Friday to finish in third.

In the mid-amateur division (25 and over), Christina Proteau of Port Alberni, B.C., repeated as the champion for the fourth consecutive year. Proteau carded a final round 7-over 78 to finish seven strokes ahead of Helene Chartrand of Pincourt, Que. at 14-over 298.

"It feels great, I didn't play well today but I finished with a birdie on 18 which was nice but looking at the four days total I played really solid," Proteau said. "I feel really proud of that achievement, you do have to play well to win that part of the tournament and it was nice to get it done today."

Chartrand captured the mid-master division (40+) by 11 strokes over Marion Reid of Toronto, finishing at 21-over for the championship.

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