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Taylor Gohn was looking to close out a busy week on a high note.
After falling short in the three-day Ladies State Amateur Golf Tournament at Otter Creek, Gohn turned her attention to defending the Columbus Women’s City Championship over the weekend and did it in dominating fashion.
The University of Missouri junior opened the local event Saturday at Greenbelt with a 70 and then turned her 7-stroke lead into a 13-stroke blowout win by carding a 68 at Otter Creek on Sunday. Her 138 total left her satisfied.
“I was disappointed with my performance in the state amateur, so I wanted to put all my focus on doing my best in this tournament,” said Gohn, who was followed by Columbus North’s Sydney Anderson with a 151. “I started out a little slow, but I got some momentum going on the back nine and finished well.”
Gohn birdied the seventh and eighth holes and then closed out her 18-hole effort with another back-to-back birdie showing on the 16th and 17th.
“It was nice, but I got a run for my money from Sydney,” said Gohn. “She was playing hot and kept me on my toes.”
Anderson went into Sunday’s final tied with Caroline Smith at 77. Anderson, who partnered with Gohn throughout the weekend, pulled away from Smith with a 74, while Smith wound up with an 87 to finish in a third-place tie with Kathy Smith at 164. Jodi Engelstad was next with a 168 and Susan St. John-Walters fired a 176. Nicole Bodi rounded out the championship flight with a 184.
“I wanted to shoot better than the 77 I shot the day before so I’m happy,” said Anderson, who will be a sophomore for the Bull Dogs this year. “It’s great to play with Taylor, she’s so calm and under control.”
Anderson competed in the event for the first time, as did Columbus East senior-to-be Amanda Hashimoto, who won the first flight title with a two-day total 179. Freddie Wagner (188) was next, followed by Megan Deis (189), Rebecca Smith (193), Carolyn Dailey (198), Mary Surgill (200), Barbara Day (205) and Nita Pollitt (232).
“It’s nice to win the first flight, but I wish I had made the championship flight,” said Hashimoto. “This was a great experience, and I’ll hopefully make it next year.”
Gohn, who also has a pair of runner-up finishes in the event, said she also plans to return to defend her title.
“I’ll be back,” she said. “And hopefully we can continue to have larger numbers.”
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