Troop retains crown

SCOTT UNGER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:28 AM ET

Despite fighting her swing all week and wobbling through her final round, Brandon's Kaitlin Troop didn't allow her competition to give her much of a fight as she cruised to her second straight Manitoba women's amateur golf title yesterday afternoon.

In the third and final round at the Glendale Golf and Country Club, Troop had her worst outing of the event -- a 10-over-par 83 -- but held off Strathcona ladies member Angela Daykin by six strokes to win the event with a final tournament score of six-over-par 225.

"It was a pretty ugly way to finish," Troop admitted after being congratulated by a handful of a friends and family that followed her through her treacherous final round.

"I was fighting my swing the first two days, but I was chipping and putting well. Today I seemed to fighting every club in the bag."

Heading into the final round yesterday, Troop held a commanding 13-shot lead after back-to-back impressive scores of 2-under-par 71, but she got off to a poor start yesterday and just saw it balloon. The Clear Lake Golf Course member went four-over-par through the first four holes and then made bogey on 12, double bogey on 13 and triple bogey on 14 to make her once insurmountable lead seem attainable.

"They had that leader board following us around and I could slowly see my lead going down," said Troop, who plays her collegiate golf with the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds.

But, like a champ, she made par on three of the last four holes to close the door on any hopes Daykin -- who was one of three players that had the low round of the day yesterday at 2-over-par 75 -- had of making a miraculous comeback.

"I'm happy with second," said Daykin, who previously finished second in this event to Troop's cousin Stacey Bieber. "My goal was to make the provincial team and that's what I did.

"The rest of us were so close behind Kaitlin."

Troop and Daykin will be joined on the provincial team for nationals by Grand Pines' Mindy Litchman and St. Boniface's Tammy Gibson, who edged out Vanessa Watson of Southwood by a stroke. Litchman and Gibson both fired a 2-over-par 75 to play their way onto the team and finished one and two shots back of Daykin respectively.

While she showed many signs of frustration during her final round, Troop says she will take it as a learning experience as she gets ready for nationals.

"I know that when I am not hitting the ball well, I can still scramble and shoot a low score," she said.

In the Manitoba Women's Senior Champion event, Elmhurst's Judi Lidstone won the event with a three-day total of 21-over-par 240. Her club mate Donna Brownridge was four shots back to finish second. Kenogamisis Golf Club member Karen Saariamaki rounded out the top three with a 30-over-par 249.

The RCGA Women's Amateur runs from Aug. 20-23 at Elk Ridge Resort in Waskesiu, Sask.


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