The Third Annual MWGA Mid Amateur Championship has concluded at The Country Club of Missouri in Columbia. Defending Champion Mindy Coyle of Columbia successfully held off a charge by Kansas City's Carmen Titus who started today trailing by five shots. Carmen made the turn in 1 under par with Coyle one over after the first nine. Both players parred the next three holes until the lengthy dogleg #14 hole at CCMO essentially decided the championship. Mindy's drive left her 95 yards from the green, firing her second to about 3 feet and making birdie. Carmen's tee shot landed in the thick rough, her next shot hit a tree guarding the green and fell short of the bunker with a resulting double bogey. Coyle ended up with a final round of 73 which gave her a total of 144 and six shots clear of the field. Her low scores of 71-73 gave her Medalist honors for the Championship.
When asked about her round today, Coyle said, "I was trying to practice what I preach to my team. I just asked myself where I wanted to hit it and where I didn't want to be on each hole. I attempted to try to stay below the hole on these fast greens and pretty much stayed in that game plan. I saw putts being made in the group ahead of me, but it didn't matter what others were doing, I just knew I still needed to try and make birdies. My goal for the day was to get under par. I thought I'd put up a good score and if somebody beat me, then I knew I did the best I could."
The championship division played from 5550 yards, par 72 and the Open Division played from 5015 yards with a par 72. The Open Division was won in dramatic fashion by Jaclyn Laboi of Branson, MO after getting her first hole in one on the par 3 fifteenth hole. This put her into a successful scorecard playoff with Beth Chancellor of Columbia who had bettered her second round score by six shots. B Flight of the Open Division was won by Nancy Schriner of Gladstone, MO and C Flight's winner was Judy Benson Rice of Lee's Summit.
Coyle named Mid Amateur Champ for second year in a row