Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Camacho finds her game's not rusty after all


No. Ky. Women's Amateur

By Colleen Kane
Enquirer staff writer

After two years away from competitive golf, Diana Camacho is trying to get back her old game at this year's Northern Kentucky Women's Amateur. In the process she's regaining something perhaps even more important - happiness on the golf course.

In her first Amateur since winning championships in 2000 and 2001, Camacho shot Tuesday's low score of 73 to finish with a two-day qualifying total of 148 at Eagle Creek. She enters today's championship flight match play as the third seed behind future Northern Kentucky University golfer Alicia Lawrence and seven-time champion Lori Eberle. Lawrence shot a 75 Tuesday for a two-day score of 147. Eberle, the 2002 and 2003 champion, received the defending champion's free pass through the qualifying round and enters as the top seed.

"I'm a little out of it," said Camacho, 25, a former NKU golfer. "Even this summer, I haven't been playing as good as I was a couple years ago. I'm trying to get it back. ... I'm just happy to be able to play the game and to enjoy the game."

Camacho will play sixth seed and three-time champion Laura Schild (153). Also: Eberle plays No. 8 Mary Jo Meek (155); Lawrence faces No. 7 Nicky Weber (154); and No. 4 Michelle Bellish (150) plays No. 5 Ashley Combs (151), who also shot a 73 Tuesday. The winners play in Thursday's championship stroke-play round. Camacho, Lawrence, Bellish and Combs are members of Eagle Creek.

"When you play it every day, every summer, you know the course, the breaks, how to play it from every angle," Combs said.

This is Camacho's first tournament since the 2002 NCAA Division II championships, where NKU finished third. After that, Camacho pursued her goal of working in golf. She interned at the USGA in 2002 and became an assistant golf pro, losing her amateur status. But she soon found that making golf her business and her play was too much.

"I got burnt out on the game real quickly," Camacho said. "I never wanted to play. ... I had only been in the business six months and I already felt that way. I couldn't imagine what it would be like after 20 years of it."

So she quit and now works in insurance. And for the first time in awhile, she looks at golf as more than work.

"Right now I just want to be able to play in amateur tournaments every year for the rest of my life," Camacho said. "I have that in me now that all I want to do is play golf when I have the free time. That was something that I lost a year ago."

Ohio Men's Amateur

Columbus Country Club

6,968-yard, par-72

Robert Gerwin, Cincinnati32-34-66
Jon Eggleton, Batavia33-35-68
Kevin Boyle, Mentor33-35-68
Kyle Reifers, Columbus34-34-68
Andy Miller, Xenia34-36-70
Jason Gerken, Logan34-36-70
Tyler Riley, Findlay36-34-70
Brad Baker, Warsaw33-38-71
David French, Columbus35-36-71
Jeff Scohy, Dayton35-36-71
Michael Kelley, Westerville35-36-71
Putter Johnson, Gates Mills36-35-71
Sean Reed, Canal Winchester35-36-71
Thomas Yeager, Findlay34-37-71
Alex Martin, Middletown35-37-72
Blake Sattler, New Phil.37-35-72
Brad Dearsman, Clyde35-37-72
C J Gatto, Columbus34-38-72
Jeff Mallette, North Canton35-37-72
Joe Hurtuk, Bedford35-37-72
John Bishop, Dublin35-37-72
Matt Cooperrider, Thornville36-36-72
Scott Ross, Mason34-38-72
Steve Lohmeyer, Dayton34-38-72
Takashi Iwamoto, New Albany33-39-72
Wes Homan Jr, Cincinnati37-35-72
Alan Fadel, Toledo37-36-73
Alex Antonio, Bentleyville36-37-73
Dan Wyant, Williamstown36-37-73
Josh Subich, Mansfield36-37-73
Juan Muzquiz, Middletown37-36-73
Ken Weixel, New Albany34-39-73
Kurt Peterson, Massillon35-38-73
Michael Walker, Troy35-38-73
Mike Richey, Aurora34-39-73
Randy Reifers, Columbus35-38-73
Raymond Sovik, Powell37-36-73
Ryan Keller, Prospect34-39-73
Brent Albertson, Dublin35-39-74
Buck Bauman, Fremont34-40-74
Chris Miller, New Philadelphia35-39-74
Dan Smith, Fairfield36-38-74
Daniel McIntyre, Perrysburg37-37-74
John Gagai, Ironton35-39-74
John Sherman, Dayton36-38-74
Matt Ehlinger, Springfield37-37-74
Michael Beasusejour, Cincinnati35-39-74
Pete Samborsky, Dayton36-38-74
Rob Davidge, Oxford36-38-74
Scott Flesher, Pataskala36-38-74
Todd Wilson, Grove City36-38-74
Carl Tuke Jr, Cincinnati37-38-75
George Moore, Centerville34-41-75
Jeff Blank, Sylvania37-38-75
Jim Huggins, Marietta38-37-75
Ken Kinkopf, Hilliard38-37-75
Matt Ries, Hilliard36-39-75
Michael Drobnick, Hilliard36-39-75
Mitch Mahoney, Hamilton38-37-75
Nick Kirsch, Steubenville35-40-75
Noah Lucus, Dublin36-39-75
Russ Berkoben, Perrysburg35-40-75
Ryan Culbertson, Wooster36-39-75
Steve Paramore, Ashland35-40-75
TJ Brudzinski, Columbus38-37-75
Tony Bosken, Fairfield35-40-75
Tony Brown, Ironton36-39-75
Zach Doran, Dublin35-40-75
Andrew Montooth, Columbus38-38-76
Brad Marsh, Cincinnati37-39-76
Chris Slates, Akron37-39-76
Chuck Smith, Delaware38-38-76
David Lennox, Gahanna38-38-76
Greg Frey, Columbus36-40-76
Joel Kraner, Dublin34-42-76
Kevin Kornowa, Sylvania38-38-76
Nick Curtis, Ostrander34-42-76
Ryan Siekmann, Dublin38-38-76
Vaughn Snyder, Massillon36-40-76
Wes Stafford, Willoughby34-42-76
Brian Keating, Cincinnati36-41-77
Brian Kohn, Cincinnati37-40-77
Cory Bradburn, Gahanna35-42-77
David Allan, Terrace Park37-40-77
David Downey, Gahanna38-39-77
Jay Dalgarn, Pataskala36-41-77
Jim Krivanek, Mayfield Village38-39-77
Joe Harper, Columbus37-40-77
John Hanley, Westerville37-40-77
Jonah Karzmer, Boardman40-37-77
Luke Egger, Lancaster36-41-77
Matt Beckett, Columbus36-41-77
Matt Hiatt, Sylvania39-38-77
Mike Trivisonno, Wickliffe36-41-77
Reed Williams, Columbus36-41-77
Steve Hannaford, Fairborn38-39-77
Steve Mitchell, Toledo37-40-77
Tom Castor, Ashland39-38-77
Adam Cordes, Napoleon38-40-78
Ben Smith, Westlake41-37-78
Brad Wright, Cambridge39-39-78
Brian Elsea, Columbus38-40-78
Doug Denny, Columbus39-39-78
Jeff Sparks, Dublin38-40-78
Jim Brown, Chagrin Falls35-43-78
Kip Meyers, Columbus38-40-78
Kris O'Donnell, Cincinnati37-41-78
Other
Robert de Rojas, West Chester38-40-78
Luke Underhill, Cincinnati39-43-82

Boys' Junior Met

Top finishers

14-17-year-olds

Rob Faulkner7271143
Jake Daly7074144
Tyler Vincent7174145
Joe Mazza7174145
Tim Gusweiler7570145
Andrew Zeller7573148
Joe Landrum7573148
Andrew Mock7771148
Travis Allread7573148
Tom Wimsatt Jr.7474148
Sean Crane7673149
Ty Robinson7574149
Anthony Day7475149
Matt Schneider7475149
Ross Sharp7475149
Adam Richardson7673149
Patrick Beausejour7575150
Jeff Nieman7575150
Kyle Hodges7377150
Adam Flick7971150
Nicklaus Proud7774151
Alex Holroyde7477151
Sean Treglia7279151
Eric McKimm7081151
Joshua Foster8072152
Brian Linneman7874152
Kevin Hickey7379152
Jeffrey Mychalishyn7973152
Michael Brown7478152
Andrew Herre7577152
Joel Beall7775152
Felipe Montenegro7676152
Kevin Heekin7775152
Patrick Larkin7974153
Seth Ganshirt7776153
David Brellenthin7677153
Michael Shepherd7975154
Ryan Heinly7777154
Mark Burch7876154
Austin Derkson7876154
Mike Deters7877155
Jonathan Coleman8075155
Brent Roth8175156
Jimmy Ionna7977156
Michael Lanham7977156
Cameron Stalf7482156
William Ryan8175156
Brendan Fogel7779156
Nick Sutter7878156
Robert Walls7779156
Matt Cooper8274156
Eric MacFarland7779156
Matt Strautman7681157
Zach Wood8275157
Nick Mader7582157
Jason Paff8077157
Dan Deters7978157
Greg Conklin7582157
Elliott Moore7979158
Alex Lingg8078158
Danny Lewis8177158
Mike Burns8078158
Andrew Ovington7484158
Stephen Krehbiel7484158
Michael O'Connor7979158
Louis Linnemann7682158
Chad Summe7782159
Matt Kursmark8079159
Matt Bessler7980159
Alex Stansell8277159
Rob Stewart8376159
Justin Epure8277159

12-13-year-olds

Jordan Erlewine5762119
Sean Keating6864132
Charlie Martin6667133
Matt Buse6866134
Scott Foster7164135
Simran Magowan6471135
Mickey Sutton6867135
Mark Wehner6870138
Alex Roth7069139
Jordan Berlin7467141
Andrew Desmarais6874142
Alex Nikias7175146
Colin Crane7275147
Daniel Shmidt7575150
Carl Schlotman7080150
Bobby Shields7080150

Amateur Public Links

Tuesday

At Rush Creek Golf Club

Maple Grove, Minn.

Yardage: 7,132; Par: 72

Second Round

Danny Green, Jackson, Tenn.63-68-131
Ryan Moore, Puyallup, Wash.65-67-132
Chris Stroud, Groves, Texas64-69-133
Anthony Kim, Norman, Okla.66-69-135
Luke List, Ringgold, Ga.65-71-136
Matthew Every, Daytona Beach, Fla.67-69-136
Terrence Miskell, New Braunfels, Texas68-68-136
Derek Berg, Dovall, Wash.67-71-138
Josh Williams, Davis, Calif.70-69-139
Nathan Smith, Soquel, Calif.69-70-139
Jason Kokrak, Warren, Ohio67-73-140
Jay Reynolds, Austin, Texas70-70-140
Sunghoon Kang, Korea65-75-140
Jason Harris, Clemmons, N.C.70-71-141
Zack Reeves, Arlington, Texas69-72-141
Jeff Gilchrist, Sacramento, Calif.71-71-142
Will Claxton, Swainsboro, Ga.69-73-142
Aaron Choi, San Diego72-71-143
Barry Schenk, Layton, Utah69-74-143
Brian Atkinson, Palatine, Ill.70-73-143
Charlie Woo, South Korea73-70-143
Neal Grusczynski, West Allis, Wis.70-73-143
Adam Scrimenti, Sarasota, Fla.71-73-144
Blake Moore, Monrovia, Calif.72-72-144
Christopher Davidson, Woodstock, Md.71-73-144
Clay Ogden, West Point, Utah72-72-144
Dirk Fennie, Greensboro, N.C.70-74-144
Greg Koch, Orlando, Fla.70-74-144
Joshua Wooding, Riverside, Calif.72-72-144
Kevin Coghlan, W. Palm Beach, Fla.70-74-144
Kyle Ritchie, Bedford, Iowa71-73-144
Madalitso Muthiya, Zambia73-71-144
Matthew Hicks, Sissonville, W.Va.68-76-144
Sam Hulsey, Gainesville, Ga.72-72-144
Adam Delawyer, Deer River, Minn.72-73-145
Anthony Bedient, York, Neb.69-76-145
Brian O'Flaherty, WstlkVill., Calif.72-73-145
Clayton Ellis, Memphis, Tenn.71-74-145
Evan Frederick, Destin, Fla.73-72-145
John Finnin, Crete, Ill.73-72-145
Josh Ketter, Parker, Colo.72-73-145
Matthew Williams, Holton, Kan.74-71-145
Neil Johnson, River Falls, Wis.73-72-145
Seung-Su Han, Korea71-74-145
Alex Knoll, Bethlehem, Pa.72-74-146
Billy Wingerd, Baltimore72-74-146
Brett Swedberg, Alexandria, Minn.73-73-146
Daryl Fathauer, Stuart, Fla.74-72-146
Jay Choe, Yorba Linda, Calif.70-76-146
Jon Veneziano, Mt. Dora, Fla.70-76-146
Shane Prante, Olympia, Wash.68-78-146
William Moore, Pacific Grove, Calif.72-74-146
Brad Gibson, Denton, Texas72-75-147
David Bradshaw, HrprsFrry, W.Va.73-74-147
Dayton Rose, Midwest City, Okla.69-78-147
Steven Harvey, Salisbury, N.C.71-76-147

(In playoff for final 8 places in match play)

Andrew Price, Mission Viejo, Calif.68-80-148
Brendan Steele, Idyllwild, Calif.71-77-148
Charles Soule, Longmont, Colo.72-76-148
Henry Liaw, Rowland Heights, Calif.73-75-148
Jamie Miller, Silver Creek, N.Y.73-75-148
Jay Poletiek, Portland, Ore.75-73-148
Jeff Nichols, Mesa, Ariz.71-77-148
Martin Catalioto, Ramsey, N.J.74-74-148
Matthew Hilton, Muskego, Wis.72-76-148
Ryan Conn, Alexandria, Minn.73-75-148
Tim Kunick, Bismarck, N.D.72-76-148

Locals (did not qualify)

Chris Straley, Cincinnati75-78-153
Mike Calkin, St. Charles, Ill.81-75-156
Gordon Willins, WstChstr, Ohio84-80-164




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