Saturday, July 17, 2004

Ohio Am: Youngest champ in event's history


Ursuline golfer adds title to state junior crown

By Colleen Kane
Enquirer staff writer

Fifteen-year-old Kelsey Lindenschmidt became the youngest golfer to win the Women's Ohio Amateur Championship in its 81-year history Friday afternoon at Terrace Park Country Club.

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Kelsey Lindenschmidt, 15, tees off in the final round of the Ohio Women's Amateur Championship.
(Sarah Conard photo)
The Ursuline sophomore-to-be marched through Friday's 36-hole final to defeat former Purdue golfer Heather Zielinski of Sylvania 5 and 3 in 33 holes.

"I'm so excited I can't even explain it," Lindenschmidt said. "This is the biggest tournament I've ever won, so it's really neat."

It's been a busy two weeks for Lindenschmidt, who won the Ohio Junior Girls championship last week and was medalist in this week's qualifier with a 1-under 71. She is only the second golfer to win the junior and the women's amateur in the same year, tournament officials said.

Not bad for someone who said she just plays wherever her mother signs her up and was most excited for this tournament because she got a cart and a caddy.

"I only entered for fun, really, to get a break from all the others," Lindenschmidt said. "I never even thought about (winning), really, except on the last 18 when I was dormie."

And she played almost completely unfazed, never falling behind after leading 1-up heading into the final 18 holes.

She said she was nervous only at the beginning of the match and on the last few holes, where she nearly blew a large lead Thursday.

"She's so mature and so composed, and her course management skills are just incredible," said Marianne Utz-Sahms, Lindenschmidt's coach at Ursuline and caddy for the week. "She's a good ball striker, but to be able to hold it up on her own with so many people watching, it's pretty impressive."

Lindenschmidt went 3-up heading into the final nine holes after Zielinski bogeyed holes 20 and 26. After Lindenschmidt made two long putts for birdie, including a 35-footer on hole 30, she went 5-up with five holes to go.

"Just staying focused," Lindenschmidt said. "My putting was basically what helped me. Yesterday, my putting wasn't pretty at all."

Then, at the point where she faltered Thursday, Lindenschmidt hit her tee shot on hole 32 into some trees. She looked at Utz-Sahms smiling and said: "Bring it on. I can do it."

She ended up bogeying the hole but won the next hole for the championship when Zielinski hit her approach shot over the green and behind a hill and then missed the next putt. Lindenschmidt played the final 15 holes in 2-under par.

"Judging from my own experiences, golf was a lot less complicated when you're 15 years old," Zielinski said. "Not to take anything away from her, because she played great, but when you get older you think about things a lot more, and I think that was my problem. Where at a younger age, you just go out and do it and whatever happens, happens. ... But she was very mature and very poised for a 15-year-old."

Zielinski, who finished her collegiate eligibility in 2003, was playing in her fourth Ohio Am. It was Lindenschmidt's first. The former youngest champion was Jamie Rishel of Columbus, who won in 1997 at age 17.

After Friday's match, Lindenschmidt received the winner's trophy but could not accept the tournament champion's prize, a gold necklace, per OHSAA rules to maintain her eligibility. The necklace will stay with the Women's Ohio State Golf Association until she leaves high school in three years.

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Ohio Amateur

COLUMBUS (AP) - Scores Friday from the final round of the 98th Ohio Amateur golf championship at the 6,968-yard, par-72 Columbus Country Club:

Kyle Reifers, Columbus68-72-74-67-281
Jeff Scohy, Dayton71-73-69-71-284
Michael Kelley, Westerville71-73-69-71-284
Chris Miller, New Phila.74-72-71-68-285
Alex Antonio, Bentleyville73-69-73-71-286
Robert Gerwin II, Cin.66-77-72-71-286
Jon Eggleton, Batavia68-74-74-73-289
Steve Lohmeyer, Dayton72-74-69-74-289
Brad Baker, Warsaw71-73-70-76-290
C J Gatto, Columbus72-74-71-73-290
Kevin Boyle, Mentor, 68-77-74-71-290
Tyler Riley, Findlay70-73-70-77-290
Andy Miller, Xenia70-78-73-70-291
Brad Dearsman, Clyde72-75-73-71-291
John Bishop, Dublin72-70-76-73-291
Ken Weixel, New Albany73-71-73-74-291
Pete Samborsky, Dayton74-73-71-73-291
Scott Ross, Mason72-77-70-72-291
Alex Martin, Middletown72-73-73-74-292
Jason Gerken, Logan70-76-73-73-292
David Allan, Terrace Park77-69-73-74-293
David French, Columbus71-75-73-74-293
David Lennox, Gahanna76-73-70-74-293
Joe Hurtuk, Bedford72-75-74-72-293
Thomas Yeager, Findlay71-71-76-75-293
Blake Sattler, New Phila.72-70-76-76-294
Ken Kinkopf, Hilliard75-71-74-75-295
TJ Brudzinski, Columbus75-71-74-75-295
Todd Wilson, Grove City74-74-73-74-295
Zach Doran, Dublin75-70-75-75-295
Matt Beckett, Columbus77-71-74-74-296
Randy Reifers, Columbus73-72-74-77-296
Jim Krivanek, Mayfield Village77-72-73-75-297
Joel Kraner, Dublin76-74-73-74-297
Rob Davidge, Oxford74-73-75-75-297
Matt Cooperrider, Thornville72-71-77-78-298
Matt Hiatt, Sylvania77-71-75-75-298
Daniel McIntyre, Perrysburg74-75-73-78-300
Michael Beausejour, Cin.74-70-80-76-300
Ryan Siekmann, Dublin76-74-74-76-300
Alan Fadel, Toledo73-76-75-77-301
Matt Ries, Hilliard75-72-77-79-303
Andrew Montooth, Columbus76-73-74-82-305

Ohio Women's Amateur

Terrace Park Country Club, Milford

July 12-16

Championship Flight: Kelsey Lindenschmidt, West Chester d. Heather Zielinski, Sylvania 5&3 (33 holes of the 36 hole final). Championship Flight Consolation: Jennifer Selfinger, Columbus d. Candace Artz, Stow 1 up 19 holes. First Flight: Lesley Monachino, Shaker Heights d. Diane Calkins, Cleves 3&2. First Flight Consolation: Nancy Battista-Allen, Powell d. Marianne Erb, Cincinnati 3&2. Second Flight: Bernice Gallagher, Cincinnati d. Mary Merritt, Lebanon 3&2. Second Flight Consolation: ancy Huber, Cincinnati d. Betsy Reynolds, Dayton 3&1. Third Flight: Stacie Manis, Canton d. Pauline Whitacre, Canton 3&2.

WOMEN'S OHIO AMATEUR WINNERS

COLUMBUS (AP) - Recent winners of the Women's Ohio Amateur golf championship flight (with tournament site). The tournament began in 1920.:

1990-Diana Schwab, Mayfield CC

1991-Alison Reifers, Portage CC

1992-Roberta Richling, Mohawk CC

1993-Becka Kasapis, Brandywine CC

1994-Shani Roth, The Lakes Golf and CC

1995-Louise Kepley, Western Hills CC

1996-Janie Dumler, Westbrook CC

1997-Jamie Rishel, Coldstream CC

1998-Julie Palmer, Canton Brookside CC

1999-Emily Bastel, Medina CC

2000-Lisa Strom, Sylvania CC

2001-Emily Bastel, Trumbull CC

2002-Jamie Rishel, CC of Pepper Pike

2003-Emily Bastel, Walnut Grove CC

2004-Kelsey Lindenschmidt, Terrace Park Country Club

U.S. Amateur Public Links

Friday

At Rush Creek Golf Club

Maple Grove, Minn.

Yardage: 7,132; Par: 72

Quarterfinals

Evan Frederick, Destin, Fla. def. Will Claxton, Swainsboro, Ga., 1 up.

Dayton Rose, Midwest City, Okla. def. William Moore, Pacific Grove, Calif., 19 holes.

Ryan Moore, Puyallup, Wash. def. Clay Ogden, West Point, Utah, 2 and 1.

Sunghoon Kang, South Korea def. Dirk Fennie, Greensboro, N.C., 4 and 3.

Semifinals

Rose def. Frederick, 3 and 1.

R. Moore def. Kang, 7 and 6.




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