Ferrell wins Rock County Women's Championship
Going into the final round with a two-stroke lead, Ferrell, an Edgerton High School junior, broke out with a par 35 on the front nine and continued her consistent play on the back to win the Rock County Championship on Sunday at Riverside Golf Course.
Ferrell had a 36 on the back nine in her first appearance in the tournament for a par 71 second round and a 2-over 144 on the weekend, while defending champion Holly LaChance repeated her first-round 75 to finish at 150.
Both Ferrell and the 16-time Janesville Women’s City champion finished below the tournament-low score of 152, set by LaChance in 2007, the second year of the expanded Janesville Women’s City Championship.
Ferrell began to pull away with a birdie on the fourth hole, while LaChance’s 39 on the front nine, marred by a double bogey on the fourth, put her in a comeback mode early. Ferrell finished with birdies on the 10th, 14th and 17th holes. Ferrell avoided a single double bogey to complete her dominant weekend.
“She is very consistent off the tee, and if she’s in trouble, she can play her way out of it,” said La Chance. “She has a very strong drive. Especially on this course, if you can hit a long ball, you’ll finish well.”
Since she entered more than two dozen tournaments this summer, Ferrell said she would have liked to see her play improve even more the weekend before she returned to high school play.
“I was all over the course today,” she said. “I did hit a couple of greens, but then I missed a bunch in a row.”
In the first year that high school athletes were eligible to compete in this tournament, organizers believe that the earlier date could entice more high school competitors to play, said Riverside pro and manager Tom Tautges.
“Hopefully, this means we’ll be able to get some more high school kids into the tournament,” Tautges said.
WIAA regulations prevent athletes from participating in outside tournaments once the high school teams begin fall practice, which is today. Only 16 women entered in this year’s Rock County competition.
Andrea Hanke, the 2006 champion, finished third in the Championship Flight with a final-round 78 for a 162 total.
Teresa Haberman won the First Flight with a 169, and Kathleen Clatworthy won the Second Flight with a 185.
Allyssa Ferrell 73-71—144
Holly LaChance 75-75—150
Andrea Hanke 84-78—162
Teresa Haberman 90-79—169
Donna Bailey 85-86—171
Nancy Furlano 86-90—176
Michelle Kern 85-91—176
Phyllis Wells 96-90—186
Mary Conway 103-92—195
Kathleen Clartworthy 95-90—185
Lori Warren 98-94—192
Karen Brown 94-98—192
Audrey McNatt 103-90—193
Carol Bessel 99-96—195
Betty Miller 97-102—199
Deb Wurl 118-115—233