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.
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.
Kelsey Lindenschmidt, 15, tees off in the final round of the Ohio Women's Amateur Championship.
(Sarah Conard photo)
"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.
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, Columbus||68-72-74-67-281|
|Jeff Scohy, Dayton||71-73-69-71-284|
|Michael Kelley, Westerville||71-73-69-71-284|
|Chris Miller, New Phila.||74-72-71-68-285|
|Alex Antonio, Bentleyville||73-69-73-71-286|
|Robert Gerwin II, Cin.||66-77-72-71-286|
|Jon Eggleton, Batavia||68-74-74-73-289|
|Steve Lohmeyer, Dayton||72-74-69-74-289|
|Brad Baker, Warsaw||71-73-70-76-290|
|C J Gatto, Columbus||72-74-71-73-290|
|Kevin Boyle, Mentor, ||68-77-74-71-290|
|Tyler Riley, Findlay||70-73-70-77-290|
|Andy Miller, Xenia||70-78-73-70-291|
|Brad Dearsman, Clyde||72-75-73-71-291|
|John Bishop, Dublin||72-70-76-73-291|
|Ken Weixel, New Albany||73-71-73-74-291|
|Pete Samborsky, Dayton||74-73-71-73-291|
|Scott Ross, Mason||72-77-70-72-291|
|Alex Martin, Middletown||72-73-73-74-292|
|Jason Gerken, Logan||70-76-73-73-292|
|David Allan, Terrace Park||77-69-73-74-293|
|David French, Columbus||71-75-73-74-293|
|David Lennox, Gahanna||76-73-70-74-293|
|Joe Hurtuk, Bedford||72-75-74-72-293|
|Thomas Yeager, Findlay||71-71-76-75-293|
|Blake Sattler, New Phila.||72-70-76-76-294|
|Ken Kinkopf, Hilliard||75-71-74-75-295|
|TJ Brudzinski, Columbus||75-71-74-75-295|
|Todd Wilson, Grove City||74-74-73-74-295|
|Zach Doran, Dublin||75-70-75-75-295|
|Matt Beckett, Columbus||77-71-74-74-296|
|Randy Reifers, Columbus||73-72-74-77-296|
|Jim Krivanek, Mayfield Village||77-72-73-75-297|
|Joel Kraner, Dublin||76-74-73-74-297|
|Rob Davidge, Oxford||74-73-75-75-297|
|Matt Cooperrider, Thornville||72-71-77-78-298|
|Matt Hiatt, Sylvania||77-71-75-75-298|
|Daniel McIntyre, Perrysburg||74-75-73-78-300|
|Michael Beausejour, Cin.||74-70-80-76-300|
|Ryan Siekmann, Dublin||76-74-74-76-300|
|Alan Fadel, Toledo||73-76-75-77-301|
|Matt Ries, Hilliard||75-72-77-79-303|
|Andrew Montooth, Columbus||76-73-74-82-305 |
Ohio Women's Amateur
Terrace Park Country Club, Milford
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
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At Rush Creek Golf Club
Maple Grove, Minn.
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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.
Rose def. Frederick, 3 and 1.
R. Moore def. Kang, 7 and 6.
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