Shaddix helps Lady Buffs golf to win
By PAT SANGIMINO
Special to The Telegram
HUTCHINSON — Garden City's Abbi Shaddix appeared to leave the door open Thursday on hole No. 17 at Carey Park Golf Course.
Clinging to a one-shot lead over Buhler's Taryn Torgerson, she hit her second shot fat and it came up short of the green and about 60-feet from the pin.
"I thought I had a solid chance on 17 when she missed that green," Torgerson said.
As it turned out, Shaddix was only setting the stage for the most dramatic shot of the day. Her chip from the right of the fairway touched down on the front of the green took a big hop and rolled the rest of the way — into the cup.
The much-needed birdie chip helped her to overcome 15 minutes of torrential downpours that momentarily derailed her and everyone else on the course. More important, it paved the way to a score of 69 and the championship of the Hutchinson Invitation tournament.
Torgerson's 72 was good enough for second place.
Garden City won the team title with a score of 343, which was three shots better than second-place Maize. Manhattan finished third with a score of 352 — three shots better than fourth-place Buhler.
But the biggest duel of the day involved Shaddix and Torgerson. And it took a great chip shot — coupled with a three-putt by Torgerson on No. 17 — to officially seal the deal in battle of two of the state's best golfers.
"That was a big shot for me," she said after posting her second sub-70 round in as many days.
And that it came on a day when Mother Nature threw a curveball only made it more impressive.
Both players were under par through 12 holes. They hit their tee shots on No. 13 when out of nowhere, the skies opened.
They hit their approach shots onto the green, which was suddenly submerged beneath a sheet of water. Shaddix hit her first putt from about 15 feet and the ball went 5 feet and stopped.
"That was frustrating," she said. "I had a 10-footer left so I just banged it and somehow it went in."
Meanwhile, Torgerson three-putted for bogey
"It's kind of depressing when you three-putt that hole when you could have had a chance for birdie," she said. "It happens and you have to move on and battle through it."
To her credit she did. Shaddix had her lone blip on No. 14 — a three-putt double-bogey that cut her lead over Torgerson to one stroke, but she never relinquished the lead.
"I was focused the whole day," Shaddix said. "I had my mind-set, but after the weather and the double, I needed to refocus. I needed to settle down and finish hard."
Besides the chip in on No. 17, she also hit a green with a second shot on No. 18 that required her to chip over a green-side bunker with very little green to work with. Her chip cleared the bunker by less than six inches and rolled onto the green, within 10 feet of the pin.
"She came through today," Torgerson said. "She made birdies when she needed to make birdies and she got up and down when she needed to get up and down. She hit some phenomenal shots today that you won't see a lot of girls hit."
Hutchinson's best scores for the day were identical 102s by Liz Juarez and Emily Wessel.
Buhler's fourth-place finish featured a 92 from Maggie Starr. Erin Monaghan carded a 94, while Kelly Burns had a score of 97.
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R u kidding me?
I thought the editor was the worst writer at the Telegram but you sure come close. Did you forget to mention anybody else on Garden City's team? Who cares what Hutchinson or Buhler's players shot. Absolutely terrible.
Posted by: BP on 9/28/2012