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FAYETTEVILLE– University of Arkansas senior Emily Podzielinski used her home course knowledge winning the IWGA Women’s Amateur Championship at Harbour Trees Golf Club in Indiana Friday.
Podzielinski shot 72-69-75 for 216 and the title.
"I’ve spent a lot of hours on that (practice) putting green”, stated Podzielinski to the crowd of participants and Harbour Trees members who gathered for the awards presentation. "Winning on this course is really special.”
Podzielinski entered the final round with a one shot lead over Kluth after posting a second round, tournament low, 69. While her nearest competitors were finding the going difficult, Podzielinski fired a front nine even par 35 to extend her lead to 5 shots entering the back nine.
She then bogeyed the 10th and 11th holes and the lead was just three. After another bogey on 14, she seemed to have things firmly in control after a birdie 4 on the 439 yard par 5, 17th. That gave her a three shot lead with just the 138 yard par 3, 18th to play.
Her tee shot found a piece of Morse Reservoir that guards the green and after a drop and two putt she posted a double bogey, 5, which was still good for the one shot victory over Kluth who fired a two under par 34 on the back nine to solidify her runner up finish.
"I didn’t know where I stood on 18,” said Podzielinski. "I’ve hit that shot a hundred times. I guess the wind just kicked up.”
Podzielinski said winning on her home course was "huge”. "I really prepared for this tournament”, she said. "I didn’t take it lightly. It’s easier said than done to get a victory. We live on the sixth hole and my Dad caddied for me for the first time in this event.”
Podzielinski said her Dad, Eric, "pretty much let me do my thing.”
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