Local golfing legend Maggie Scott captured her 32nd City title, holding off a hard charge from Amy (Gobble) Blackwood for a one-stroke victory, while Lydia Triplett continued to build her reputation as one of the top young female golfers around with an 11-stroke win to take her third straight Junior crown.
“All I can say is, we finished,” joked Beth Harper, who directed the event this year. “We were able to get it in despite the rain and we had a good tournament. I’m especially proud of the turnout for the Junior division.”
“This tournament dates back to the 1950s (1958), so this is our heritage and it’s good to see our regular ladies continue on, but the junior golfers are our future,” she added.
After beating the rain in Tuesday’s opening round at the Cleveland Country Club, Mother Nature had her say early Wednesday at Chatata Valley, but that didn’t dampen the competition level.
Scott set the pace with a tournament low 1-over-par 73 low medalist round Tuesday, but when she slipped a bit to a 77 Wednesday, Blackwood made her charge. With a 77 in the opening round, the former Walker Valley and Berry College standout posted a 2-over 74 on the final soggy 18 holes.
“She came on strong. I knew I was in trouble,” declared Scott. “She’s a really good golfer and to make a charge like that under these conditions was great.”
“It really came down hard there for a couple of holes, but then it slacked off and was just a consistent light rain the rest of the way,” commented Blackwood, who was returning to the event after a three-year absence.
Linda Mullins, who has five City titles to her credit, took third in the Championship Flight shooting a 3-over 75 Tuesday and finishing with a 79 Wednesday for a 154 total.
After an opening round 78, Triplett held just a three-stroke led going into Wednesday play, but pulled away from best friend Sloane Rakestraw with a 2-over 74 of her own on the final 18. Her 152 total was the third best of the event, behind just Scott (150) and Blackwood (151).
Rakestraw was consistent in her effort, firing an 81 Tuesday and an 82 on Wednesday.
Heidi Barringer improved her opening round 97 with an 85 Wednesday to take third place in the Junior division with a 182.
In the First Flight, Robin Russell put together matching 90s to take top honors by four strokes over Cheri Wood (91-93), with Kay McDaniel claiming third place with a 185.
The Second Flight went to Lyn O’Hair who carded a 188 for a three-stroke win over Harper (191). Wanda Evans took third place in the flight.
Mary Lou Miller captured top honors in the Third Flight, getting past Jola Burch by five strokes, while Mickey Wooten was just another stroke back for third.
In the team competition, the CCC ladies took an easy victory with Scott, Mullins, Russell and Sarah Stutz combining for a double-low ball score of 297. The Chatata Valley squad was without three of its top players, who were unable to participate in this year’s event.