Michigan Women's Am: Bavaird repeats

EAST LANSING, Mich. (July 11, 2008)--Former Western Michigan University golfer Laura Bavaird held a three-hole lead at Walnut Hills over Eastern Michigan rising senior Stephany Fleet after nine holes at the Michigan Women's Amateur.

Then she hit a skid on the back nine.

"I had like five bogeys in a row, it was horrible,'' Bavaird told the Kalamazoo Gazette. "I quit playing my game and I started making a lot of tiny mistakes that I didn't do the whole week.''

Bavaird was able to right the ship, however, birdieing 17 to bring the match back to even then benefitting from her opponents missed putt on 18 that extended the match to extra holes.

Bavaird would put the match away on the first playoff hole.

"I still feel just because the week's been so intense, I have to go to bed soon and get up and play another two rounds of match play,'' Bavaird continued to the Gazette. "Mentally, I'm still in golf mode, I'm still thinking about what I have to do tomorrow, but there's nothing to do, no one to play.''

Fleet said she had no real regrets.

"I feel like I played well," said Fleet. "I was making pars and forcing her to make birdies to win the hole.''

ABOUT THE Michigan Women's Amateur

The Michigan Women's State Amateur is Michigan's most prestigious women's amateur championship, having been played over 100 times. The format is 36- hole stroke play (Gross only), from which the low 32 advance to match play. Open to women amateurs with handicaps under 15.4. Must be a GAM member.

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