Sandy Doan says she doesn’t play as much golf as she once did, that she’s become sort of a weekend golfer.
But she hopes to give a different meaning to the term weekend golfer when she goes after her sixth Lima Area Women’s Match Play championship this afternoon at the Shawnee Country Club.
Doan advanced to the championship match at 3 p.m. today against Jennifer Mitchell by defeating another former champion, Carol Mitchell, 8-and-6 in a championship flight semifinal on Saturday at Hidden Creek Golf Club.
Next up for her is another big weekend match.
Mitchell, a Shawnee High School graduate who plays for Urbana University, won her semifinal match 5-and-4 over Becky Komminsk on Friday.
“She didn’t play her best game today but I think I’m improving my game,” Doan said after her win over Mitchell.
“I don’t play as much as I used to. I’m more of a weekend golfer. But I just cram right before the tournament comes and see what happens. I just go out and pick it up a little bit right before the tournament starts,” she said.
“I’m striking the ball better and I have good distance on my driver. That’s always a good lead-off for the hole.”
The finalists in three other flights were also determined on Saturday.
In the first flight, Debra Hemmert won 5-and-3 over Charlotte Schaub and Jessica Whittaker won 1-up over Connie Shutt. Hemmert and Whittaker will play at 2:50 p.m. today.
In the second flight, Danielle Good was a 4-and-3 winner over Missy Smiley and Kasey Carrico won 1-up over Kelli Marsh in 20 holes. Those two winners will tee off at 2:40 p.m.
Carol Jackson defeated Brenda Kattman 6-and-5 in one senior flight semifinal and Tamara Pope won 1-up over Joan Whittaker in the other semifinal. The senior flight finalists will tee off at 2:30 p.m.
The tournament attracted only 20 players this year – four in the championship flight, 12 in the open flights and four in the senior flight. But the tradition of the tournament, which is in its 75th year, continues, Doan said.
“We had a short showing this year but it’s just a tradition with us ladies and we keep it going. We’re happy to be here. The clubs support us and open up time for us to play,” she said.