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Resorters golf: O’Donnell leads the way in Women’s Executive

Amanda O'Donnell shaved off 13 strokes from her 2021 qualifying round at the Resorters Tournament.

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Amanda O'Donnell lines up her putt on the front nine during the Women's Executive qualifying round on Aug. 1, 2022. O'Donnell had her game going on Monday as she shot a 3-over par 75 to head into match play on Wednesday as the top seed in the championship flight.
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ALEXANDRIA — Amanda O’Donnell shot a 2-over round of 75 to earn medalist honors in the Women’s Executive Division qualifier, edging the division’s 2018 champion, Jodi (Krafka) Sullivan by one stroke.

O’Donnell was able to shave 13 strokes off her qualifying round of 88 last year.

A quarter-finalist at last year’s tournament, O’Donnell played solid, consistent golf on Monday, knocking down nothing but pars through the first nine holes. She had to settle for a bogey on No. 10 but rebounded nicely with pars on Nos. 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16.

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The Rochester 33-year-old is in a different place in his life than most of the college-age golfers he faced at this year's Resorters Tournament in Alexandria. He savored every minute of a run to the finals with his young family by his side at the Alexandria Golf Club.

O’Donnell bogeyed the par-3 17th and ended her round with yet another par on 18 for a 38-37-75. Her 75 was a stroke better than Betsy Aldrich’s 76 medalist round in 2021.

Last year, O’Donnell lost to Sullivan, who is also a multiple champion in the Women’s Division, in a hard-fought quarterfinal match, 2-1.

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Many familiar names are back in the tournament, including last year’s runner-up, Molly Baker, who battled seven-time Resorters champion, Aldrich, through 16 holes before losing 4-2.

There will be a new champ in the Women’s Executive Division this year because Aldrich qualified for the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur and will be playing in Alaska during the same week as the Resorters.

The cut to make this year’s championship bracket was 93, the same as last year.

Eight of the 16 golfers in the championship bracket are back from last year. In addition to O’Donnell, Sullivan and Baker, other returnees include Andrea Allyn, Colleen Boerboom, Jessica Kammann, Karna Peters and Rose Lambros. Boerboom won her opening match last year but lost in the quarterfinals.

The first round matches in the Women’s Executive Division will start at 12:42 p.m. from the No. 1 tee this afternoon, Wednesday.

WEDNESDAY WOMEN’S EXECUTIVE FIRST ROUND PAIRINGS - 1ST TEE
12:42 p.m. - Amanda O’Donnell vs. Lorrie Sienko; Lisa Sobba vs. Jessica Kammann
12:51 p.m. - Andrea Allyn vs. Jenny Odland; Molly Baker vs. Jennifer Anderson
1:00 p.m. - Jodi Sullivan vs. Karen Studer; Colleen Boerboom vs. Heather Steege
1:10 p.m. - Pam Marlow vs. Rose Lambros; Caitlin Cummings vs. Karna Peters
WOMEN’S EXECUTIVE DIVISION QUALIFYING SCORES - Amanda O’Donnell - 75; Jodi (Krafka) Sullivan - 76; Pam Marlow - 80; Andrea Allyn - 81; Molly Baker - 81; Caitlin Cummings - 83; Colleen Boerboom - 85; Lisa Sobba - 86; Jessica Kammann - 87; Heather Steege - 87; Karna Peters - 90; Jennifer Anderson - 91; Jenny Odland - 91; Rose Lambros - 91; Karen Studer - 91; and Lorrie Sienko - 93.

Al Edenloff is the editor of the twice-weekly Echo Press. He started his journalism career when he was in 10th grade, writing football and basketball stories for the Parkers Prairie Independent.
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