Allyssa Ferrell wins, sister Brooke 2nd in Rock County tourney
As the two sisters stepped to the final hole with Allyssa firmly in control on a scorching Sunday at Riverside Golf Course, Brooke—admittedly the longer driver of the two—smashed a drive that cleared Allyssa’s ball by a wide margin.
Brooke was quick to let her sister know.
“On the 18th hole, because I knew she was gonna beat me at that point, I told her that they were gonna build a mall in Janesville between her ball and mine,” Brooke joked after the round.
The Ferrell sisters were all smiles on Sunday, as Allyssa carded her second straight
3-under-par 68 to finish with a two-day total of 6-under 136 to top the Championship Flight. Brooke, who began the day two shots back of Allyssa, shot an even-par 71 to place second with a 1-under total of 141.
Katie Brossard took third with a 9-over 151, while Holly LaChance carded an 81 after Saturday’s 73 to place fourth at 12-over 154.
Michelle Kern and Missy Madison tied for the First Flight title, as each finished at 174.
The story, though, was the Ferrell sisters, whose finish atop the field certainly wasn’t a surprise.
Following a distinguished career at Edgerton High, Allyssa just completed a solid freshman season at Michigan State University. Brooke, a junior-to-be at Edgerton, won the Rock County Championship last year, firing a course-record 64 in the process.
Their games are different, with Allyssa possessing the more polished short game and Brooke being the longer hitter. Perhaps their most striking similarity, though, is their eagerness to talk about each other before they talk about themselves.
“It’s hard, I know, competing with sisters,” said Allyssa, who gave Brooke a big hug and words of encouragement on the 18th green Sunday. “It’s awkward for me at times. I just wanted her to know I’m still proud of her.”
“I’ve watched her for so many years, and I’ve looked up to her,” Brooke said. “She’s been the golfer that I’ve always wanted to be. So now getting to play with her, I really, truly see what she does on the greens and everything like that.
“I loved playing with her.”
Allyssa’s round on Sunday was rock solid, with four birdies and just one bogey. She birdied the first hole, while Brooke bogeyed, immediately opening a four-shot lead that she wouldn’t relinquish.
It won’t be long before the Ferrells play in the same event again, as both Allyssa and Brooke will compete in U.S. Women’s Amateur qualifying in St. Louis on Wednesday.
Allyssa will head back to MSU in late August, while Brooke will continue to follow in the successful high school footsteps of her sister as she begins to look at colleges herself.
“People always tell me, ‘You have to make your own path,’” Brooke said of being in Allyssa’s shadow. “I’m trying to be better than her.”
“She has to push herself and create her own path,” Allyssa said. “I don’t want her to feel like just because what I do, she has to follow that. We’re different people, we’re different individuals.
“But, yes, she can definitely be better than me. I have no problem with her saying that she wants to be.”
At least for one weekend, though, the older sister got the last jab.
Rock County Women’s Championship
At Riverside (Par 35-36-71)
Allyssa Ferrell 68-68—136
Brooke Ferrell 70-71—141
Katie Brossard 76-75—151
Holly LaChance 73-81—154
Donna Bailey 76-81—157
Lindsey Beals 84-80—164
Karlee McCue 84-84—168
Sarah Sheldon 81-91—172
Michelle Kern 87-87—174
Missy Madison 87-87—174
Theresa Borkenhagen 97-85—182
Heather Behm 101-88—189
Lori Warren 92-97—189
Mary Conway 99-91—190
Audrey McNatt 98-98—196
Phyllis Wells 101-101—202
Nancy Furlano 102-102—204
Carol Bessel 101-110—211
Gladys Stearns 115-120—235