Columbus resident takes match-play title

INDIANAPOLIS — Playing in the Indiana Women’s Golf Association Match-Play Championship for the first time, Columbus resident Tobi Herron brought home the title.

Herron won two matches Tuesday and two more on Wednesday to take the championship. She beat Bloomington South junior Cherise Otter 4-and-2 in the final at Highland Golf and Country Club.

“I’ve played in a lot of mid-Am matches, and I was able to leverage that experience in this tournament,” Herron said. “That helped me with both my matches today.”

In the semifinals, Herron was 3-down to University of Evansville golfer Kayla Katterhenry with four holes remaining before winning the final four holes. Herron, who shot 75 in Monday’s qualifier to earn the No. 11 seed, beat Katie Sharp 3-and-2 in the Round of 16 and Isabella Lambert 4-3 in the quarterfinals on Tuesday.

“Thank God we can take a cart at these events,” said Herron, who played at Missouri. “I’m definitely not at the fitness level to be playing 36 holes a day like these college girls.

“It’s mentally exhausting,” she said. “Match play is even more so than stroke play because every hole is new. It just can wear you out.”

Columbus East graduate Caroline Smith, who just finished her freshman year at Loyola (Illinois) also shot 75 in the qualifier to earn the No. 10 seed. She fell to Katterhenry 8-and-7 in the Round of 16.