By Bob Flynn
Register Sports Writer
It took five extra holes, but Madison Central golfer Tristyn Nowlin came out on top in the Championship Girls Division of the Musselman-Dunne Golf Tour event at Gibson Bay Wednesday.
Nowlin claimed the title over regional rival Jane Watts of Frankfort in a pressure-packed five-hole playoff after the two golfers finished 18 holes of regulation tied at 82.
In the sudden-death playoff, neither golfer could gain an advantage over the first four holes, responding with outstanding shots each time it looked like someone had the upper hand.
On the third extra hole, Watts hit her third shot within two feet of the pin on the 18th green. Nowlin’s third shot, a chip from just off the left side of the green, landed about seven feet beyond the cup. But with ice-water in her veins, she calmly sank the down-hill putt. Watts sank her putt to send the duo to a fourth sudden-death hole.
On the fourth playoff hole, the golfers took turns pulling out clutch shots.
After her tee shot landed underneath a tall tree just off the 1st fairway, Nowlin hit a tremendous shot to get her ball onto the front edge of the green.
Watts then topped her ball, sending it only about 25 yards down the fairway.
But regaining her poise, she hit her third shot to within nine feet of the hole.
Nowlin kept the pressure on her opponent as she got to within two feet of the cup on a long 60-foot putt attempt.
But once again, Watts refused to fold, calmly sinking the eight-foot putt to send the twosome to a fifth playoff hole.
On the fifth hole, Watts’ second shot came up just short of the front edge of the 18th green, about 35 feet from the pin.
Nowlin then dropped her second shot on the back edge of the green, 14 feet from the cup.
Watts’ third shot sailed the green, ending up four feet behind Nowlin’s ball, opening the door for Nowlin to grab the victory.
Nowlin’s putt rolled to within a foot of the pin, and after Watt’s fourth shot came up short, she tapped the ball in for a par and a long-hard fought win.
Five other local golfers also competed in the MDGT event at Gibson Bay.
Cooper Eberle finished third in the boys 10-and-under division with a nine-hole total of +10, 46.
Tyler Crafton was 13th in the boys 13-14-year-old division with a +19, 91.
In the championship boys division, Burgess Clark finished 10th with a +10, 82, Grant Willoughby finished 14th with a +17, 89 and Jordan Adams was 15th with a +19, 91.
Zach Norris won the championship division with an even par 72, while Blake Cartwright of Winchester and Kyle Jeffers of London tied for second at +4, 76.
The men’s college division was won by EKU signee Travis Rose of Nicholasville, who shot a one-under-par 71. Casey Castle of Harold Ky. was second with +5, 77, and Logan Smith of Nicholasville finished third with a +7, 79.