Michigan Women's Am: Meier wins

HIGHLAND, Mich (July 29, 2011) -- Christine Meier (Rochester Hills/Michigan State) took the lead on the third hole and never let it go. The 2010 runner up is the 2011 champion at the 95th Michigan Women’s Amateur at Prestwick Village Golf Club defeating Meagan Bauer (Grand Blanc/University of Michigan) 1 up.

“I guess the third time is a charm,” said Meier who was the runner-up last year and was ousted in the semi-finals the year before.

Bauer won the first hole but the two were even after the second hole. The match was close all the way through with Meier managing no more than a 2-hole lead at any point. Meier led 2-up after 14 when Bauer won the 15th to put that match within one again.

“I was a little nervous – maybe more than a little nervous,” admitted Meier. “I think we knew from the first hole it was going to be close. It was really a grind out there but we had fun playing and Meagan was a great opponent.”

Bauer played near flawless golf on the back nine, but a couple of bogeys on the front hurt her in the long run.

“I played as well as I could have on the back,” said Bauer. “Christine is very consistent, that is what makes her tough to play against. You have to make birdies if you’re going to have a chance at beating her because she is going to make her pars.”

Meier did not relax until the match was over.

“I was worried on 18 because she had a great tee shot,” said Meier. “But I ended up making my putt. It was just a great match.”

Meier thanked the staff at Prestwick Village for making the tournament such an enjoyable experience.

“We got so much rain, the golf course was just in unbelievable shape,” said Meier.

In the semifinal matches, Bauer topped Sarah Hoffman (Saline/Grand Valley State) 4 & 2 and Meier defeated Sarah Johnson (Wixom/Eastern Michigan) 2 & 1.

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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