Tobi Herron and Sydney Anderson put up solid scores this weekend that ordinarily might be able to put them in contention for a championship.
But the way Julia Potter was playing, nobody was going to catch her.
Potter followed an opening-round 67 on Saturday with a 68 in Sunday’s final round at Otter Creek to finish at 9-under-par 135 and win her first Indiana Women’s Golf Association Championship.
Potter, a former Penn High School and University of Missouri standout, now lives in Indianapolis and is engaged to former Otter Creek assistant pro Kiel Bobb. She won the Columbus women’s city tournament in 2015.
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“I’ve played this course a lot, tournament-wise, and this is the first time I’ve been able to put together two good scores,” Potter said.
Herron, a Columbus North and Missouri graduate, tried to keep pace. She was only one shot behind Potter after the opening round and two back after nine holes Sunday.
Herron, who was playing in her first tournament of the year, shot even-par 72 to finish second at 140.
“It was a rough day,” Herron said. “I just wasn’t mentally very sharp today. I made a few errors, and Julia is a world-class player, so she played great. I can’t make errors like that and expect to beat her. I’m happy with my tournament, though.”
Anderson, a North graduate who will be a junior at Ball State, tied with Anna Wilcoxson of South Bend for third at 143. Both players went 73-70.
Anderson’s round was highlighted by an eagle on No. 5 on the West Nine, which was the first nine golfers played in both rounds. She also had three birdies and three bogeys.
“When I missed the fairway, I bogeyed,” Anderson said. “But my driver, when it was working well, it was pretty good. I burnt the edge with a lot of putts, so I definitely could have shot much better, but I’m happy with the way I played and the way I struck the ball.”
Anderson’s sister Holly, who will join Sydney at Ball State this fall, carded an 82 Sunday. She finished 29th at 162.
Holly Anderson was playing in her first tournament since winning medalist honors in the IHSAA state finals last October.
“I played a lot better on the front nine, but I really struggled on the back today,” Holly Anderson said. “I hit a lot more greens, so that was good. I just wasn’t making very many putts.”