By Murray Evans
EDMOND (July 20, 2017) – Life as a soon-to-be college senior can pull one in many different directions, and Oklahoma State’s Alexis Sadeghy hasn’t had the chance to play in many summer events as a result. But she’s certainly made the most of the ones she has entered.
Sadeghy, from Edmond, completed a sweep of Women’s Oklahoma Golf Association summer championships on Thursday, edging Oklahoma sophomore Sydney Youngblood 1-up in the title match of the WOGA State Amateur Championship at Oak Tree National.
Sadeghy added the WOGA match-play title to the second straight Stroke Play Championship she won last month at Muskogee Country Club, where she shot a career-best 5-under-par 66 in the final round to prevail by a whopping 12 shots. The two WOGA championships, and an unsuccessful attempt to qualify for the U.S. Amateur, are the only competitive events in which she’s played all summer.
“It feels really good to win both of them,” Sadeghy said of the WOGA titles. “It’s hard to play more while I’m taking classes, but it makes these ones sweeter. I’m excited for my senior year.”
Sadeghy’s run of strong results began in the Big 12 Championship in April, when, as a last-minute sub for the Cowgirls, she fired an even-par 72 at The Dominion Country Club in San Antonio, Texas, on the tournament’s first day. She was in the OSU lineup for an NCAA regional before embarking on her summer of success.
“I’ve just been hitting the ball a lot better, especially with my irons, and pretty much working hard,” she said. “I’m practicing with a purpose more. Whether it’s hitting iron shots to specific locations or something else, it’s having a purpose when you practice.”
She needed to be at her best against Youngblood in an event that provided a rare summertime dose of Bedlam. Both players dressed for the occasion, with Sadeghy in an orange shirt and black skirt and Youngblood sporting her OU crimson shirt and cream shorts. And like in any good Bedlam matchup, there were no shortage of dramatic twists and turns.
Sadeghy parred No. 1 to take an immediate lead, but hit into the water on No. 2, allowing Youngblood – who was injured much of the spring and was only cleared to play full rounds three weeks ago – to even the match with a par of her own. Sadeghy bogeyed No. 3, but Youngblood hit into a hazard and posted a double bogey.
Youngblood, from Durant, evened the match on No. 7, parring as Sadeghy bogeyed after hitting an approach shot over the green. Sadeghy again went 1-up at No. 12, two-putting from 30 feet while Youngblood three-putted from 40 feet.
Youngblood hit her approach shot on the par-4 No. 15 into a greenside bunker, then blasted out over the green about 45 feet from the hole. Sadeghy looked to be in good shape after rolling her third shot up a hill onto the green, about six feet out, but Youngblood chipped in from par and Sadeghy missed her par putt. Suddenly, the match was tied again and Youngblood had considerable momentum.
“I didn’t expect it to go in, but I knew it was going to be close,” Youngblood said. “When it did, I said, ‘We’ve got three holes left. Let’s kick it into gear and let’s get going.’”
But a bold move on the par-5 No. 16 gave the momentum, and eventually the match, to Sadeghy. In the middle of the fairway after her tee shot, she used a 5-hybrid in an attempt to reach the green in two – and succeeded, sailing her ball over the bunkers that front the hole and into the middle of the green. That resulted in a two-putt birdie that Youngblood couldn’t match, as she hit her second shot right of the green and didn’t make it onto the putting surface until her fourth shot.
“It was about 185 (yards),” Sadeghy said of her second shot. “It’s an intimidating shot, no matter where you’re at here, whether you’re hitting a 50-yard shot or a 200. You’ve just got to stay focused and stick to what you know and hit it good. It was a really good shot – probably the best shot I hit all day.”
Both players parred No. 17 and Youngblood left a 20-foot birdie attempt short on No. 18, ending her chances of extending the match.
“It was a really good match,” Youngblood said. “I’ve known Alexis since we were little kids and we’ve always been good competitors and even better friends. When we got to play today, I just knew it was going to be a great match all the way to the end. The whole ‘Bedlam in July’ atmosphere was really fun.”
WOGA State Amateur Championship
Oak Tree National, Edmond
July 20, 2017
Alexis Sadeghy, Edmond def Sydney Youngblood, Durant 1 up
Janet Miller, Catoosa def Marna Raburn 1up
Consolation – Laurie Makes Cry, Yukon def Rose Cassidy, Tulsa 4 & 2
Tammy Fairchild, Tulsa, def Nan Dyer, Healdton 3 & 2
Consolation – Jill Johnson, Tulsa def Dana Hurley 20 holes
Kim Bell, Norman def Dawn Stork, Norman 5& 4
Consolation – Ashley Woods-mcdonald, Norman def Marilyn Buland, Tulsa 2 & 1
Belinda Armstrong, Guthrie def Kaye Pickering, Tulsa 21 holes
Consolation- Jayne Underwood, Edmond def Rose Whatley, Ardmore 2 & 1
Anne Marie Duggan, Edmond def Glynda Jones, Tulsa 1 up
Consolation- Patti Shaffer, Oklahoma City, def Leigh Anne Veneziano, Lawton 4 & 3
Carolyn Martin, Stillwater def Cheryl Saxon, Oklahoma City 6 & 5
Consolation -Bonnie Sparks, Fort Sill def Janice Nagle, Oklahoma City 8 & 7
Judy Sapp, The Village def Cheryl Duff, Hobart 3 & 2
Consolation – Diane Wheat, Oklahoma City def Andrea Lewis, Owasso 5 & 3