SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP – Morgan Barnett wore white to win the Lima Area Women’s Match Play Golf Tournament on Sunday at the Shawnee Country Club.
Today, it’s on to another event associated with wearing white when the University of Northwestern Ohio golfer and former UNOH men’s soccer player Kedar Roderick will get married.
Barnett defeated her UNOH teammate Brianna Baird 6-and-4 to win the Championship Flight. It was her first Lima Area Match Play title after reaching the semifinals twice before.
And, yes, she was aware of the proximity of the dates of the tournament and the wedding date she selected when the plans were being made. July weddings are sort of a family tradition, she said.
“I wanted a July wedding. My sister is getting married next July and my parents (David and Lori Barnett) were married on July 18 and celebrated their 30th anniversary this year,” Barnett said.
“It was a great wedding gift,” she said about winning the tournament. “Dad was able to walk me down the fairway (as her caddie) and tomorrow he will walk me down the aisle. It’s really exciting.”
Barnett birdied the first hole to grab the lead right away and her advantage never dropped below two holes the rest of the way.
She birdied No. 9 to go in front by three holes after the front nine, then won No. 10 with a tap-in par for a four-hole lead.
Baird cut the lead to three holes by winning No. 11 and appeared ready to reduce the margin to two holes when she reached the par five No. 12 green in three shots and Barnett took four shots to get there.
But Barnett rolled in a par putt and Baird three-putted and the lead went back to four holes. She followed that with a birdie putt at No. 13 and one hole after that the match was over.
“That was huge,” she said about scrambling to a par at No. 12. There was a little pressure on me and I thought, ‘I’ve got to win these next couple holes and secure the win,’ and I was able to do that,” she said.
“My putting was very, very good today. We came here early to get a feel for the greens and I was able to take advantage of the extra 30 minutes of putting. I’ve played a lot here lately and kind of knew the ins and outs of the course, which is big here.
“Brianna is a really great competitor and I was glad I was able to compete against her,” Barnett said.
Three other flight championships were decided on Sunday.
Carol Mitchell defeated Connie Shutt to win the First Flight. Jennifer Mefferd won the Second Flight over Deb Osburn and Megan Spainhower was the winner of the Junior Flight over Jeanna Fullom.
Reach Jim Naveau at 567-242-0414 or on Twitter at @Lima_Naveau.