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July 16, 2014

GOLF: Long put seals win for Nowlin in Ohio

RICHMOND — Madison Central golfer Tristyn Nowlin finished off one of the biggest wins of her career in style Wednesday in Mansfield, Ohio.

Nowlin entered the final hole with a two-shot lead, but found herself needing a long putt to save par and protect her lead on the 18th green.

But the Lady Indians junior calmly drained the 25-foot putt to finish with a round of 73 and seal a two-stroke victory in the PGA Junior Series event at Westbrook Country Club.

“I’m so happy to have played as well as I did today. Making that putt on 18 was just a huge relief and a great feeling,” Nowlin said. “It was so fun to be in the position we were in today, and I feel so great to have come out on top.”

Julie Luo of Centreville, Virginia finished second in the event with a 75, while Mia Ayer  of Waco, Texas was third.

Nowlin came from three strokes down after shooting a first-round 76, by carding the lowest scores for each of the final two rounds. She battled high winds on Tuesday to shoot a 75 and finished with a 73 Wednesday for a three-day total of one over par 224.

Three players entered Wednesday’s final round tied for the top spot, while four others were within four-strokes of the lead.

It remained tight the rest of the way and heading into play on the back nine, Nowlin and Luo were still tied and Ayer was only two strokes back.

Nowlin forged a one shot lead heading into the final two holes. She then holed a difficult par putt on the 17th, while Luo bogeyed the hole to give her the two shot  cushion and setting up her clutch putt to finish off the victory.

The win gives Nowlin an exemption into the 39th Junior PGA Championships which will be played at the Miramount Country Club in Bryan, Texas July 29 through Aug. 1.

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