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Nancy Syverson watches her putt on the 13th green during the Women’s Division club championship at AGC. (Blaze Fugina/Echo Press)

Syverson holds off Saucke for AGC women’s title

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Nancy Syverson held off Nancy Saucke and Andrea Nelson on Sunday to claim the Alexandria Golf Club Women’s Championship on a blustery Sunday afternoon.

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The women’s championship switched to medal play in 2014, and Syverson was able to outlast her two championship flight opponents to claim another title.

Heading into the final 18-holes on Sunday, Syverson said her goal was to maintain the four-stroke lead she had over her competition. She finished four strokes ahead to Saucke to achieve the goal with no margin of error.

“I hit the ball yesterday. I felt real good about yesterday; a couple of blips here and there,” Syverson said. “Today was another story. It wasn’t bad, today was just kind of holding it together because I knew I was in the lead.”

Syverson shot an 82 on Saturday to build her four-shot lead. Both Nelson and Saucke were four strokes back after carding scores of 86.

The next day Syverson shot a score of 88, but Saucke also shot that identical score to finish four back while Nelson carded a 95.

Most of the golfers found the strong winds challenging on Sunday, and Syverson said she battled with the conditions all afternoon.

“Today it was definitely a factor,” Syverson said. “The wind, it just plays with your mind. But it plays with everyone, so we all are in the same boat.”

After wrapping up the AGC title, Syverson said she has liked the way her golf game is going so far this season. She is playing the 2014 Resorters Golf Tournament for the first time in a few years, and the AGC Club Championship was a good warm up to the event.

“This is kind of getting me in the competitive mode, and I don’t know if my body is ready for that or not,” Syverson said. “But I’m playing good.”

AGC decided to switch the women’s championship to medal play after only two competitors played in the event last year. The switch appeared to attract some extra players to the women’s championship this year.

“The medal play is good because we had more gals playing in the event than we would with match play,” Syverson said.

WOMEN’S CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP

Nancy Syverson – 82, 88 – 170

Nancy Saucke – 86, 88 – 174

Andrea Nelson – 86, 96 – 181

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Blaze Fugina
Blaze Fugina is a sports reporter at the Echo Press. Before working in Alexandria, he graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in May of 2011. He previously worked as the community editor of the Mound Laker for more than a year. You can follow Blaze on Twitter at @BlazeFugina.
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