LIMA — A future UNOH Racer will face an outgoing UNOH Racer in the Lima Area Women’s Match Play Championship Flight finals at Shawnee Country Club today.
Kenadie Daeger defeated six-time champion Sandy Doan with a score of 3 and 1 in the semifinals of the championship flight Saturday at Hidden Creek. Daeger, who committed to the University of Northwestern Ohio in January after a successful high school career at Wayne Trace, will face Devaki Ganesh, who just graduated from UNOH with a tee time set for 2:52 p.m. Ganesh received a bye for her semifinal and did not compete Saturday.
The senior flight finals kick things off at 2 p.m.
“It was pretty tough because she was such a good competitor,” Daeger said. “It started out rough but I got a little more relaxed and got it going and luckily it kept getting better and better.”
Doan, who last won the championship in 2018, praised Daeger and her perseverance and performance. She also praised UNOH coach Dawn West.
“Dawn West has done nothing but train these girls to be really great players in golfing as well as in their lifestyle,” Doan said. “I give her kudos for what she has done with them.
“She birdied,” Doan added about Daeger’s comeback win. “I tried to make par and then the birdies started happening. I just started putting my game back together this year and I don’t play as much as I used to. Hopefully I am teaching these ladies something.”
Daeger secured her spot in the finals after securing six of the seven holes played on the back nine to go up two after winning the 17th hole.
Impressive, considering Doan entered the second nine 2 up after winning four of the holes on the front nine and Deager taking two. But it was on the ninth hole that the Wayne Trace graduate grabbed momentum of the match after birdieing the hole to win it.
Daeger then won the next hole.
After halving the 11th, Daeger won the next two holes highlighted by a birdie at 13th hole.
Doan fought back to win 14th momentarily stop her opponent’s momentum but that was short-lived as Daeger took the next three to garner the victory.
Daeger admitted she put some pressure on herself on the front nine but once she settled in and things began to fall her way. It didn’t hurt that she was impressive off the tee where she consistently outdrove Doan and put herself in prime position to win holes.
“I just had to deal with what I had,” Daeger said. “My putting wasn’t going too well so I had to adjust the speed, get my line right and I started dropping a lot more. I just think I was just trying to beat her right out of the gate and it is my first time playing match play so it was a new mindset.”
Daeger said she will have to play her own game if she is going to be successful against Ganesh and not beat herself.
“I need to keep on making the putts and be relaxed right off the gate,” Daeger said.
In the first flight semifinals, Debora Hemmert beat Kirsten Carpenter (1 up) and will face Brenda Parlette, who beat Shellly Diepbenbrock (5 and 4) in the finals. In the second flight bracket, Jessica Whitter defeated Brenda Katmma (1 up) and will take on Connie Shut who beat Nancy Clum 4 and 3).
Charlotte Schaub will take on Dawn Warner in the third flight final after Schaub beat Melissa Smiley (5 and 4) and Warner ousted Danielle Good (2 and 1). The fourth flight final will feature Katie Burgbacher against Jennifer Melferd after Melford beat Tonay Shellenbarger (1 up, 19 holes) and Burgbacher downed Ashley Meas (6 and 5).
The fifth flight bracket will have Amy Newland against Carrie Miller. Newland beat Susan cook (6 and 5) and Miller defeated Deb Osburn (3 and 1).
The senior flight 1 championship has Carole Jackson, who beat Priscilla Keller (1 up) against Becky Komminsk who beat Dawn Crow2 (5 and 4) and in the Senior Flight 2 final, Joan Whitaker, who beat Kathy Paige (9 and 8) face off against Connie Mauch, who beat Sharon Reaman (7 and 5).
Reach ose Nogueras at 567-242-0468.