WESTON — Angela Garvin begins her collegiate career at the University of Maryland in less than a week, but she is making the most of her final days of summer break.
She captured the Girls Junior last week for the third time at The Ridge Club by 3 shots and kept right on rolling this week in the Massachusetts Women’s Amateur at Weston Golf Club, earning medalist honors with a score of 1-under-par 145. She opened match play Wednesday with a pair of wins to reach the semifinals.
Garvin had little trouble in the morning, dispatching Morgan Mitchell 6 and 5, but needed a 15-footer on the 18th hole to clinch a 1-up victory over Krystal Knight in the afternoon.
Knight won the previous two holes to extend the match and was facing a 10-footer to force extra holes if Garvin had missed.
Two years ago, Garvin had a 3-up lead through eight holes against Hannah Ghelfi in the final, only to lose 2 up.
“Just to stay focused, even if you get a little bit of a lead, it doesn’t mean much really, and to keep aggressive through the match,” Garvin said of the lessons learned from that day at Myopia Hunt Club. “Just because you are up, it doesn’t mean you get to sit back and stop focusing as much.”
While she admitted the nerves still were there trying to close out the match, the 18-year-old said she saw the line for the clinching putt right away.
Garvin faces a tough road to the final Thursday morning against two-time champion Pam Kuong. The Wellesley Hills resident needed 19 holes to get past Gabrielle Shieh in the morning Wednesday before knocking out Jen Keim in the afternoon, 4 and 3.
At 58, Kuong is older than the combined age of the other three semifinalists as the bottom half of the bracket has a pair of 17-year-olds, Rebecca Skoler of Needham and Anne Walsh from Jamaica Plain.
Walsh, a senior at the IMG Academy in Florida, shot a combined 3 under par on the back nine to rally past each of her opponents. She won the last three holes to defeat Megan Buck 2 up in the morning and then eliminated Ghelfi by the same score with three wins over the final five holes.
Skoler, a senior at The Winsor School, won each of her matches 3 and 2, taking out Molly Smith in the morning and Molly’s younger sister Megan in the afternoon.
Of the 16 players to make the championship bracket, 13 were in either high school or college.
“I played on a boys team for high school, I know Emily (Nash of Lunenburg) does — everyone knows Emily does — and I think as the years go on it will get so much better,” said Garvin, who tied for third at the MIAA Girls State Championship in the spring after being tied for seventh in the Div. 1 Boys State Championship last fall as a senior at Agawam. “I think today kind of exemplifies that how there’s so many …read more
Source:: Boston Herald