By Patrick Prince
Photos by Bill Powell
BROKEN ARROW – Capping off a dominant week of golf, Annie Young captured the 102nd Women’s Oklahoma Golf Association State Amateur Championship on Thursday morning at The Golf Club of Oklahoma.
Playing in her first WOGA State Amateur, Young, the University of Tulsa women’s golf coach, defeated Ponca City native and current Dalton State golfer Sydney Hermann 6 and 4.
Riding a hot putter, Young ended the match on the par-4, 14th after sinking an 18-foot putt. It was one of seven one-putts for Young, who until a practice round last Friday had never played The Golf Club of Oklahoma.
“I felt like honestly it was one of those days that everything looked like it was going in,” Young said.
In a match that was over in two hours and 15 minutes. Young was 3 up after four holes against the 19-year-old Hermann, who had eliminated Taylor Dobson, one of Young’s top players at TU, the day before in the semifinals.
“(Hermann) is a heck of a player, I was fortunate to get a lead early and I think that was a key for me,” Young said. “It’s always hard to play catchup in match play.”
Down five holes, Hermann did win the par-4 12th hole. But, Young won the next hole — the 517-yard, par-5 13th, when she sank a 25-foot putt before closing the match out on No. 14.
“I was a little nervous because she is really, really good,” said Hermann, who also was playing in her first WOGA State Amateur. “So I just tried my best and she was dropping birdies and there really wasn’t much I could do.”
Young said she was also nervous heading into this week. Young was an accomplished Big 12 player at Oklahoma State (2001-05) and has LPGA Tour experience. But, it has been a few years since she has played in any type of tournament.
She spent the last two and a half weeks preparing for the State Amateur.
“Coming in, I was just excited to play tournament golf. It’s been a long, long time,” she said. “I’m kind of surprised that I won to be honest with you.”
Dobson, however, wasn’t surprised. She played several rounds with Young leading up to the State Amateur, including a practice round at The Golf Club of Oklahoma last Friday.
“She always makes putts like that,” Dobson said of Young’s putting Thursday. “Her putting is probably the best part of her game.”
Dobson and Young each said they would have enjoyed competing against each other in the championship match.
“I really wish I could have played her,” said Dobson, a fifth-year Hurricane senior. “I was hoping for that.”
Added Young: “I wanted to play Taylor. It would have been a riot. She’s had my number the last couple of weeks. It would have been a really good match.”
Thursday’s performance capped an impressive week for Young. On Tuesday, she defeated Oklahoma City University golfer Lauren Behnken 5 and 4 then eliminated Emma Shelby of Bartlesville in Tuesday afternoon’s second round. On Wednesday, she sailed past Faith Hopkins of Bartlesville 6 and 5 in the quarterfinals before dispatching Janet Miler of Catoosa 5 and 3 in Wednesday afternoon’s semifinals.
“Once I get into match play, I feel like I’m pretty good at match play,” Young said.
Young adds the WOGA amateur crown to her trophy case. She is a two-time Utah Women’s State Amateur Champion, the 2002 USGA Women’s Amateur Publinks Champion and was a member of the 2004 Curtis Cup Championship Team.
Young was an All-America golfer at Oklahoma State and later coached the Cowgirls as well as coaching at Cal State Northridge and Colorado State before coming to Tulsa.
102nd Women’s Oklahoma State Amateur Championship
The Golf Club of Oklahoma
Annie Young, Owasso def. Sydney Hermann, Ponca City 6 and 4
McKenzie McCoy, Okmulgee def. Maisie Liddell, Ardmore 2 Up
Ann Cowan, Elk City def. Marsha Cooper, Tulsa 4 and 3
Susan Ferguson, Edmond def. Meghan Moore, Norman 3 and 1
Linda Roggendorff, Broken Arrow def. Andrea Lewis, Owasso 6 and 5
“A” Flight – Consolation
Ashlyn Acosta, Yukon def. Kelly Lewis, Shawnee 2 Up
“B” Flight – Consolation
Laurie Campbell, Broken Arrow def. Letty Watt, Norman 4 and 3
“C” Flight – Consolation
Becky Masoner, Sand Springs def. Leigh Veneziano, Lawton 5 and 3
“D” Flight – Consolation
Rita Andersen, Tulsa def. Kay Graves, Morrison 4 and 3