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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.

Jodi Sullivan watches her approach shot on the 11th hole during
Jodi Sullivan watches her approach shot on the 11th hole during her semifinal match on Aug. 5, 2022. Sullivan won her semifinal match, 9-8 and will head to Saturday's finals in the Women's Executive Division.
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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.

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Amanda O'Donnell knocks down a putt on the No. 6 green during he
Amanda O'Donnell knocks down a putt on the No. 6 green during her 7-6 win in the semifinals of the Women's Executive Division on Aug. 5, 2022.
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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.

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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.

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

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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