Wednesday, June 20, 2001

Women's Met champ excels at match play

Rakel cruises to first-round victory

By Malcolm C. Knox
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Even playing badly, defending Women's Met champ Katie Rakel was too much for Linda Ratterman, her match-play opponent Tuesday.

        “It was a different game (Tuesday),” Rakel said. “I was more accurate (in qualifying with a 68 Monday).”

        The reigning champ of the Greater Cincinnati Women's Amateur Golf Championship didn't lose a hole in the first round of match play, winning 6 and 5 at Wetherington Golf and Country Club in West Chester.

        The match was even through four holes until Rakel made a birdie, her only one of the day, on No.5. She pulled away, winning on a 7-foot putt on the 13th hole.

        “I'm better at this mental game than playing stroke play,” said Rakel, a senior-to-be at the University of Cincinnati. “You do what you need to do in match play. It's an easier way to look at it than in stroke play, where you have to get it in the hole.

        “Today I scrambled. I didn't hit very good iron shots. I saved myself plenty of times.”

        Rakel got a congratulatory hug from her next opponent, No.8 seed Beth Hamilton, as they passed each other. Hamilton defeated Kerry Davis 2 and 1.

        Hamilton didn't know that Davis, who is 7 1/2 months pregnant, was a two-time Met champion until Hamilton's co-workers at Kenwood Country Club told her Monday.

        “They had me pretty nervous stepping up this morning,” Hamilton said. “I was a little intimidated.”

        Hamilton and Rakel will tee off first in the second round of match play today. They have played several times before, including the Junior Met and in college. Hamilton will be a junior at Xavier in the fall.

        “It should be interesting,” Hamilton said. “I'm still happy she won. It's fun to play the best.”

        Brandi Stevenson and Laura Schild, the Nos.6 and 11 seeds, played three extra holes after Schild missed a 9-foot putt that could have won it. Stevenson won the match by three-putting on the third extra hole after Schild's ball went into the creek that runs across the fairway.

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