As she watched another birdie putt slide inches from the hole on No. 17 Friday, Taylor Gohn slapped her right hip and let out a sigh.
It had been that kind of week for the Columbus North graduate and University of Missouri junior-to-be. For the third day in a row in the Indiana Women’s Amateur at Otter Creek, she narrowly missed several birdie putts.
“My short game wasn’t as strong as I would have liked it to have been this week,” said Gohn, who finished in a tie for ninth. “It wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t great, and that’s what I needed this week with the competition that was here.”
Gohn entered the final round tied for third and played in the final group with Noblesville native and Kansas golfer Meghan Potee and Castle High School senior-to-be Kayla Katterhenry. By the turn, Gohn had moved ahead of Katterhenry, but then Gohn double-bogeyed No. 10 and finished with a 40 on the back nine.
By the numbers
How Columbus golfers fared in this week’s Indiana Women’s Amateur at Otter Creek:
Taylor Gohn 75-73-78—226
Lakin Davis 80-83-76—239
Allyson Hackman 80-85-83—248
Caroline Smith 89-87-87—263
Erinn Sutton 86-89-88—263
Emily Morris 93-88-94—275
“I hit it well in the beginning,” Gohn said. “The back nine, I kind of lost it. It’s disappointing for sure to come out today with a 78.”
Potee, who led Katterhenry by four shots and Gohn by six entering the day, fired a final-round 71 to pull away. She finished at 3-under-par 213 to win by seven over Katterhenry and eight over Plainfield native and Xavier golfer Breanna Patz.
“I hit my driver really well,” Potee said. “That really kept me in play, and that was the most important thing. Today, I hit my irons really well, and I only missed two greens, so that helped, too.”
Potee and Gohn finished first and second in the 2009 IHSAA state finals, and Potee also won last year’s Indiana Open and this year’s Indiana Match-Play Championship. The pair grew up together on the Indiana Golf Foundation’s junior tours.
“If she could have made a few more putts ... but it was a good day,” Potee said. “We had fun overall.”
Gohn now turns her attention to the women’s city tournament, where she is the defending champion. Play begins today at Greenbelt and concludes Sunday at Otter Creek.
“It will play a lot shorter,” Gohn said. “I’m not going to lose my confidence any heading into the weekend. I know I can do it, and I’m going to try my best to get it done. I’ve had a pretty good summer, and I’m looking forward to the fall.”
Lakin Davis, who used her grandparents’ Columbus address, won the Second Flight with a 239, two shots better than Rachel Welker of Terre Haute. Davis, who works at Shadowood Golf Course in Seymour, is a South Ripley graduate and will be a junior at St. Francis.
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