For the third straight year, Betsy Aldrich of Minneapolis will tangle with Jodi (Krafka) Sullivan of St. Petersburg, Florida for the Resorters Women’s Executive Division title.
Aldrich was the 2017 winner, 2-up, while Sullivan took home the prize last year, 1-up.
Both are pumped for today’s final.
“Betsy was playing really good today,” noted Sullivan on Friday. “I hit my driver perfect earlier this week but my irons and drives were off-tempo today, so I’ve got to get my act together tomorrow.”
Sullivan added that the match will come down to who is scappier and able to rebound from mistakes.
Aldrich is looking to win her third trophy in the division; she also won it all in 2007.
Sullivan also has a strong track record at the Resorters. She won the Women’s Division in 1985 and 1987 and was the runner-up in 1989.
Aldrich also won the Women’s Division twice, 2003 and 2008, and was the runner-up three times (2000, 2006 and 2011).
Aldrich and Sullivan will tee it up at approximately 12:15 p.m. from No. 1, playing in the same foursome as the Women’s Division finalists.
Here’s how they posted victories yesterday:
Sullivan def. Syverson, 5-4
Sullivan built a steady lead against Alexandria’s Nancy Syverson, the division champion in 2000 and 2001, and didn’t look back.
Sullivan won the first hole with birdie and added a par win on the next hole to go 2-up. After settling for bogeys on No. 3, Sullivan struck for a par win on the 4th hole. Syverson won Nos. 5 and 6 with pars to get within one, but Sullivan quickly shut the door, taking Nos. 7, 8 and 9 with pars to go 4-up at the turn.
Syverson tried to mount another comeback with a par win on No. 10 but once again Sullivan squelched the rally by winning Nos. 11 and 12 with pars to go 5-up. Both women matched pars on Nos. 13 and 14 to end the match.
Sullivan found herself in three divots out on the fairways yesterday but was able to make long putts and save par. She wasn’t entirely satisfied with how she played. “My game was not as solid,” she said.
Overall, Sullivan said she’s playing a lot better at this year’s tournament than last year. “I’ve been trying to play on the weekends and living in Florida, I’m able to play golf year-round.”
Aldrich def. Marlow, 6-4
Aldrich trailed Pam Marlow of Wichita, Kan. by one after three holes but quickly found her rhythm to coast to a 6-4 win.
“I birdied four of the last five holes,” Aldrich said after the match. “Pam Marlow played great all the way to 14. A 6-4 score sounds like I cruised but I really didn’t. I played well. It was a great match.”
Marlow, who was a finalist in the Women’s Executive Division in 2000, jumped to an early lead with a par on No. 1. After halving the next two holes with pars, Aldrich birdied No. 4 to draw even. After swapping pars on No. 5, Aldrich kicked her game into high gear, taking Nos. 6, 7 and 8 with birdies and then matched Marlow’s par on No. 9 to maintain a 3-up lead at the turn.
Aldrich won No. 10 with par, tied Marlow’s par on the next hole, won No. 12 with par, matched Marlow’s par on the 13th hole. Aldrich put the match away with a par win on No. 14.