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Familiar face wins 4th title despite inconsistencies

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It was an afternoon of generosity, not exactly the trait golfers want to exhibit in the final round of a tournament.

Tobi Herron and Sydney Anderson took turns giving valuable strokes away in the second and final round of the Columbus Women’s City Tournament on Sunday at Otter Creek.

Herron, who had won the title in 2008, 2009 and 2010, took a three-stroke lead over Anderson into Sunday’s action. After four holes, the match was even.

Anderson gave strokes back, bogeying No. 6 and No. 7 and double bogeying No. 8 and No. 9. Herron led by five at the turn.

Not to be outdone, Herron put double bogeys on the board on No. 15 and No. 16. The match was once again tied.

Then Herron made a birdie on No. 17.

With Herron in safely with a par on No. 18, Anderson looked down the line of a 25-foot putt to tie the match and send it to a playoff. It was a downhill putt with just a little break and it appeared that Anderson hit it perfectly.

But the putt seemed to go right over the hole, and it was over. Herron had won her fourth City title.

“I had a line on it,” said Anderson, who will be a varsity senior on the Columbus North girls golf team in the fall. “It was not even an inch (away).”

Herron, 35, breathed a sigh of relief.

“It was just some really streaky golf,” she said. “Both of us, for our parts, had a few good holes and some bad holes. It was not our best golf.”

Anderson shot 79 to go with her first-round 75 at Harrison Lake on Saturday for a 154 total. Herron finished at 153 with rounds of 72-81.

“It was kind of crazy out there,” Herron said. “I lost focus and I did some bad short game work.”

It was only the third tournament for Herron in the past 10 months so she understood why her short game was off. “You are going to get a number of bad shots that lead into your game,” she said. “I hit some bad pitches where I was tentative.”

The battle was interesting in itself with one of the state’s top high school golfers against a former University of Missouri golfer who now is vice president of the Indiana Women’s Golf Association.

“When I was (Anderson’s) age, I remember telling my mom when I had to play with really ‘old’ golfers,” Herron said. “Now I’ve reached that age.”

Anderson said the city tournament is great experience for her.

“Every time I play (in the City tournament) I know it’s going to be close,” said Anderson, who was third last year. “I go into a lot of tournaments where I know there are five or six players who are better than me. But this gives me a chance to be in contention for first.”

For the first time, the Columbus Women’s City Tournament featured a Senior Division, which was won by Andrea Davis with rounds of 92-84 for 176. Susie Gregory finished second at 193 after a round of 96.

“Absolutely I think this will bring in more women to the tournament,” said Davis, who won the overall title in 2007. “I think this will be a good start for us.”

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