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Posted: 8/19/11

Kimberly Wong Wins State Am

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Cassandra Hotaling Hahn

Rutland Herald

Kimberly Wong of the Montpelier Elks Club has won her first VSWGA State Amateur Championship by a slim one-stroke margin over Lindsay Cone of the host Rultand Country Club.  Kim hung on to her one-stroke margin over Lindsay entering the final round despite double-bogeying the 18th hole.  Lindsay missed a par putt on 18 which would have forced a playoff.  Despite the difficult final round pin placements, both players fired their best rounds of the tournament shooting 74's.


Kim has finished in the top five in this tournament several times over the past few years and this will likely be her last amateur championship as she plans to turn professional this winter after acting as an assistant golf coach at Bethune-Cookman University.  Kim is coming off a very successful senior year at Bethune-Cookman winning individual medalist honors at all six spring season tournaments.


This is Lindsay's third appearance in the tournament moving up from sixth to third to runner-up.  Lindsay is on both the golf team and the alpine ski team at Denver University.


To no one's surprise, Rutland Country Club won the Paquet Cup (formerly the Buxton Cup) with a score of 783.  Rutland placed five players in the top ten.  Crown Point was second with a total of 842.  This is Rutland's thirtieth team win.


Kim Wong won the new Allbright Cup for the low ringer score of the tournament with a 67.  Madison Corley of the Links at Lang Farm won the Junior Championship for the second consecutive year with a score of 242.


Diane Ewald of Rutland won the low net award with a net total of 221, five shots ahead of Maureen Quinn of Lake St. Catherine.


Here is the article from the Rutland Herald by Carleton Laird.  Thanks to Carleton and the Rutland Herald for their coverage of the tournament and permission to use some photos and a copy of Carleton's article.


By Carleton Laird

Staff Writer


RUTLAND - It's true that sometimes ignorance can be bliss.


Just before attempting a 2-foot putt on the 18th hole, Kim Wong asked competitor Holly Reynolds where she stood. Reynolds replied: "You make this, you win." She did, and took a one-stroke victory over Lindsay Cone in the Vermont Women's Amateur at Rutland Country Club on Thursday.


"I honestly didn't know what the scores were until the last hole," said Wong, whose 54-hole total was 230. When she found out where she stood "it was, 'whoa.' Probably not the best time to ask."


Six-time winner Reynolds was third at 240, followed by Andrea Brown of Williston and 15-year-old Madison Corley of Links at Lang Farm at 242.


Wong and Cone were one stroke apart coming into the final round and the pair battled it out all day, each shooting 74.


When Wong rammed in a 4-foot birdie on 17 after Cone's 25-footer stopped 2 inches above the hole, she had a two-shot lead heading to 18.

Both hit good drives but Wong stepped on an 8-iron and pulled it left of the left-hand bunker with a tricky middle-left pin. Cone was pin high but just in the right rough. Wong dumped her delicate chip in the bunker and blasted out, ending some 35 feet below the pin.


Cone hit a nice chip shot and left herself about 8 feet. Wong putted 2 feet past the hole but Cone slid her par putt just right of the cup, leaving Wong the knee-knocker for the win.


"I thought I had to make birdie (on 18), but missed my second shot right," Cone said. "My next goal was to get up and down. I knew I had to make the putt. I picked a line and committed to it. It was dead straight."


Wong said if she had known the situation before her second shot on 18, she "probably would have hit 7-iron and faded it in there instead of powering an 8."


Wong shot 1-over 37 on the front to build a three-shot lead over Cone, who was at 39. Wong made back-to-back birdies on Nos. 4 and 5, as well as one on 9. But she gave four back with her double on No. 6 and bogeys on 7 and 8.


Reynolds, who started five back of Wong, fell off to 43, thanks to a triple-bogey 7 out of the hazard on the seventh hole. She came back with a 1-over 36 on the back for a 79. The highlight was when she dunked a 56-degree wedge for an eagle 2 from 82 yards on the 10th.


Cone and Wong both knocked down the pin on 10, with Cone making birdie from 4 feet to cut the deficit to four strokes. Wong got one back with a par on 12 and made a huge two-putt from 60 feet on 14, the latter a 12-foot comebacker. But Cone's tee shot on 15 stopped 2 inches from going in for an ace, giving her a tap-in birdie to get back to two.


Wong hit her drive on 16 under a tree and made bogey to Cone's par, setting up the big finish.


"It was a little too tight, I shouldn't be making double on the last hole," Wong said. "(Cone's) a good player. I had to work for it, fight for it.

"I was just trying to scrape it around. This is my last year playing in this and I really wanted to win it."


Wong is planning to turn pro in January.


Cone, a senior who skis for the University of Denver and won the individual title in giant slalom at the 2009 NCAA Championships, has been at a ski camp and hasn't played her home course in a couple of months.


"My irons ended up better than I expected but my putting wasn't that good," she said. "But I kept myself going and kept myself in the game."

Reynolds, who shot 79-82-79, was never really able to challenge on Thursday. She made a double bogey on the par-3 third, with bogeys on six and eight and that triple on seven.


"It was as struggle at times. It was tough; there were no hiccups (by opponents) to jump in on," the 2010 champ said. "They played really solid all day.


"I was happy with my last nine but Rutland Cuontry Club doesn't let you get away with anything."


Kristin Mahoney (243), Keely Levins (249) and Stacie Eaton (255) of Rutland, Patti Haas (257) of Killington and Mary Jane Shomo (259) of Rutland rounded out the top 10.


carleton.laird@rutlandherald.com


Carleton J. Laird III


Kim Wong

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Cassandra Hotaling Hahn

Rutland Herald

Lindsay Cone

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Cassandra Hotaling Hahn

Rutland Herald

Lindsay Cone, Kim Wong, Madison Corley