Kelly defends her crown


imageErin Kelly didn’t have a full 18 hole round in all season. It didn’t matter. The 2015 ACC Ladies Club Champion defended her crown Sunday afternoon, firing a two-day total of 161 for a 14-shot victory.

The former Montana State University-Billings golfer played her first 18 on Friday, jumping out to a commanding lead with a 4-over round of 77.

She struggled slightly with the flat stick on Sunday, but captured the long drive on No. 5 and struck the ball well enough for a day low round of 84 that included a birdie 2 on No. 11.

Rosie and Kristy McKay matched Kelly on the front nine with all three shooting 42’s, but a 46 for Rosie and 47 for Kristy separated Kelly from the pack and secured her second club championship.

Rosie McKay was 1-over on the four par 3’s Sunday, and her total of 175 won the championship flight.

In the first flight, Sheryl Mayes improved her total from Saturday by 11 strokes to move up five places in the standings and win the flight with a 197. She narrowly overtook Steph Kore, Jeanine Manson and Marilyn Ohman, who all fired 198’s.

Michelle Collins claimed the second flight. She entered the back nine tied with Barb Sullivan, but a 50 from Collins earned her a four-shot victory.

Sullivan won her fair share on Sunday as well, winning the closest to the pin contest with a deuce on No. 2. She also had the long drive on No. 15 with a tee shot that put her inside 200 yards.

Pat Godbout also had a dramatic turnaround on day two, improving her score by 10 shots to win the third flight by three shots over Toni Barclay.

An extra practice session Saturday night paid dividends for Brooke O’Brien, who overcame a five-shot deficit to win the fourth flight with a 120 on Sunday for a total of 254.

Brandi Krum won the closest to the pin contest on No. 8 with a shot inside of 10 feet.