Resorters Golf: Top two seeds in Women's Executive division go for all the marbles
Top seeds Amanda O'Donnell and Jodi Sullivan meet in Saturday's Women's Executive division finals.
The semi-finalist winners in the Resorters Women’s Executive Division made quick work of their matches Friday.
Medalist Amanda O’Donnell defeated last year’s runner-up, Molly Baker, in 12 holes and the division’s No. 2 seed, Jodi (Krafka) Sullivan, who won the division in 2018, eliminated Caitlyn Cummings, the No. 6 seed, in 10 holes.
This sets up a classic battle between the top two seeds of the division, O’Donnell and Sullivan. The two went head-to-head in the quarterfinals of last year’s tournament. Sullivan escaped with a hard-fought, 2-1 victory.
They’ll tee it up for all the marbles Saturday afternoon, starting from the No. 1 tee at 12:30 p.m.
O’Donnell def. Baker, 7-6
O’Donnell’s birdie win on the first hole set the tone of her match against Baker.
O’Donnell added a par win on No. 3 to go 2-up but Baker got on the board with a bogey win on No. 4. O’Donnell answered with a birdie on No. 5 to take a two-hole lead.
After they both halved No. 6 with pars, O’Donnell went on a tear, winning Nos. 7 (birdie), 8 (par), 10 (par), 11 (birdie) and 12 (par) for a 7-6 victory.
O’Donnell showed that her medalist round of 75 was no fluke. After 12 holes, she was 1-under-par. Her only miscues were a double-bogey on No. 4 and a bogey on No. 9. Otherwise, she made par or birdie on every hole.
Sullivan def. Cummings, 9-8
Cummmings had an off day and Sullivan capitalized on it, taking advantage of bogeys and double-bogeys to advance to the finals.
Both golfers got off to a shaky start with bogeys on No. 1. After that, it was all Sullivan. She won the next nine holes with two birdies (Nos. 5 and 7), five pars (Nos. 2, 6, 8, 9 and 10) and two bogeys (Nos. 3 and 4).
Sullivan ended the round at 1-over-par.
WOMEN’S EXECUTIVE FINAL PAIRING - SATURDAY FROM THE FIRST TEE
12:30 p.m. - Amanda O’Donnell vs. Jodi (Krafka) Sullivan