Tuesday, June 13, 2000

Defending champ Isaac earns medal

Leads Women's Met into match play today

By Pete Holtermann
Enquirer contributor

        The Women's Met changes gears today at O'Bannon Creek Golf Club as the format switches to match play after one day of stroke play.

        Instead of playing for a low score, the competitors will be looking to win more holes than the person they are matched against. It requires a different approach to the round.

        “In stroke play, you're trying to be conservative most of the way because in the long run, everything counts,” Lynne Gokey said. “(In match play), you can be really aggressive, and if you screw up a hole, it's just one hole. So many things can happen on every hole.”

        She would know. Gokey triple-bogeyed the par-4 16th after playing out of the woods to the left of the fairway. Despite that hole, Gokey ended with the second-lowest round of the day, a 5-over 77. While most players struggled through the first nine holes, defending champion Darcy Isaac shot a 37 on the front en route to carding Monday's lowest round of 76.

        “I feel like I played better than I scored,” she said.

        O'Bannon pro Marianne Sahms doesn't anticipate the front nine playing much easier as the week goes on.

        “It is easy to score a few high numbers on those early holes,” Sahms said. “In match play, you have to remember it's hole-by-hole, and nobody's going to add up the score at the end.”

        Issac is looking forward to the match play. “I'm just going to try and birdie every hole,” she said. “You just want to play the golf course. You have to watch what your partner's doing. If she gets in trouble or I get in trouble, then strategy comes more into play.”

        O'Bannon's Lynn Thompson also shot a 77 to join Issac and Gokey as the only golfers under 80 in Monday's opening round.

        Four players shot an 85 and needed a playoff to compete for the final two spots in the championship flight.

        After playing evenly on the first hole, Felicia Hutnick advanced to the championship flight with a par 4 on the second hole. Julie Sizemore birdied the par-5 third hole to beat out Katie Kruer and Nancy Reisert for the final spot. The second round begins with the championship flight teeing off at 8 a.m. today.


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