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Detmer ties for fourth, Griffith falls 2 and 1 to No. 3 seed
Courier Sports Staff
Friday, July 18, 2014 11:00 AM
Madison golfers Amanda Detmer and Jordan Griffith wrapped up their participation in a pair of state golf tournaments on Thursday.
Detmer, a senior at Madison Consolidated High School, finished tied for fourth in the Indiana Women's Golf Association State Amateur Championships at Tippecanoe Country Club in Monticello. Griffith, a recent Madison graduate and freshman at Vincennes University, lost in the Round of 16 in the match play portion of the Boys State Junior Championship at Bloomington Country Club.
Detmer shot a two-over 74 in the third and final round and finished seven over for the tournament. Her closing 74 followed rounds of 76 and 73.
"Day three went well. Amanda couldn't get putts to fall for her as they kept burning the edges," said Daryl Detmer, Amanda's father. "Amanda and her swing coach/caddy Mark Mathews strategically played the difficult Tippecanoe golf course to the best of their ability but just came up a little short."
Indianapolis' Julia Potter left little doubt as to the outcome. After entering the final round with a three-shot lead, Potter fired a course record 29 on the front nine to take a nine shot lead into the final nine holes. Potter never let up, firing a 37 on the back side for an 18-hole course record of 67, a seven shot victory, and her third Amateur title.
"I don't think shooting 29 means I wasn't nervous or didn't understand what was on the line," Potter said. "I think I channeled those nerves and made sure every swing I made and every putt I hit were done confidently. Shooting the course record today was not something I expected, but it is definitely an added bonus."
Richmond's Trish Witherby finished second with a tournament total of 3-over-par 219. Anna Gleixner of Greenwood was third with a six-over 222.
Detmer finished tied with Kari Bellville of Granger and Ashley Kees of Fort Wayne at seven-over.
Detmer returns to action in just a few days, competing at Southern Trace Golf Course in Shreveport, La. starting on July 22.
Griffith finished tied for 14th in the stroke-play portion of the State Junior Championship, earning him the 14th seed in the match play portion of the tournament.
Griffith had won his first two matches on Wednesday - defeating Tyler Meyer of Pendleton 4 and 3 and Clark Tiller of Zionsville 4 and 3 - but fell to No. 3 seed Thomas Lewis of Carmel 2 and 1 in the Round of 16 Thursday. Lewis later defeated No. 22 Johnny Watts of Fishers 2-up and will face No. 39 Tyler White of Kokomo in today's semifinals.
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