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WOMEN’S GOLF: Rochester grad Christine Meier wins second Michigan Amateur in three years

| August 17, 2013 | Comments (0)

 

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BY JOE AKERS

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EAST LANSING — Christina Meier defeated Hailey Hrynewich 3-and-2 to win the 97th Michigan Women’s Amateur at Walnut Hills Country Club Friday afternoon.

As it was in just about every match, Meier, a 2010 Rochester High School graduate, started her match against Hrynewich down and trailed her opponent until the turn. Hrynewich attended Muskegon Mona Shores.

“My putts finally started rolling on 9,” said Meier. “That was the difference in this match. The 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th holes are tough and that is right when I started putting well. If you can get through those holes with par you feel confident.”

Meier had a close semi-final match against Aya Johnson (Muskegon) but won that match on the 18th hole. Hrynewich took 20 holes to defeat Jennifer Elsholz (Grand Rapids) in her semifinal round. This marked the first time she had advanced to match play in this tournament.

 

“It was a lot of fun and I have a lot of confidence now heading to Ohio University to play college golf because I went up against college players here and did well,” said Hrynewich. “My putts were just not dropping in the last round and that made it tough.”

Meier, who plays for Michigan State University, was the 2011 champion in this tournament and is a bit of an old veteran when it comes to the Women’s Amateur.

“I was talking to Liz (Nagel) during our match yesterday and we were saying how we used to know everyone at this tournament and we didn’t know hardly anyone this year,” said Meier. “We used to be the up and coming players but now we are kind of the veterans.”

Nagle and Meier are teammates at MSU.

In addition to her putting, Meier credited her caddie, Brock Edwards (Okemos), who is an incoming freshman at MSU.

“I picked him up as my caddie for match play and he really helped to keep me calm,” said Meier. “He knew the course, he knew my opponents and he was essential.”

For Edwards it was just a matter of a little Spartans pride.

“I figured if I could help out a fellow MSU golfer I should do it,” said Edwards.

The 97th Michigan Women’s Amateur was sponsored by Palace Sports and Entertainment.

 (Joe Akers is a freelance golf writer, covering golf-related events all over Michigan. He can be reached via email at oak.pressdetroitareagolfscene@gmail.com )

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