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Campbell-Wood cruises to victory
Although Campbell-Wood shot an 80 (156 overall), which was four strokes more than her previous day's total, she still managed a 12-stroke victory over second-place finisher Sheila Koch.
“Technically, I played the same both days,” Campbell-Wood said. “But today, when the ball bounced, it didn't bounce my way and that made a difference. This is a course where one errant shot can ruin your entire day. It is not very forgiving. “
Campbell-Wood wasn't the only golfer in the top flight who saw her scores rise from Saturday, despite an improvement in the weather.
“I was surprised I played better under worse conditions yesterday with the wind and the cold,” said fifth-place finisher Rossana Conley. “But (on this course) you have to just hit the ball perfectly straight to play well.”
“It was harder in the morning when the temperature was very low,” said Campbell-Wood. “Things improved as the temperature rose.”
But the vacillating temperatures may not have been the entire reason for the lower scores in the top flight on Sunday.
“It's not only the weather, but the pressure of being in the top flight on the final day,” said Sheila Koch who finished with an 85 for the day.
Current Cocopah Ladies Club Champion Barbara Macbey shot an 85 and finished third in the tournament.
“I hit the ball well off the tee and on the fairway all day,“ said Macbey. “It's my putting that was shaky.”
An awards ceremony and dinner concluded the first time tournament.
“It's been an awesome weekend, and the electricity in this (banquet hall) attests to that,” said Director of Golf Mark Croft. “Everyone really enjoyed themselves this weekend: the food, the banquet, but especially the golf. I'm very proud of how all the women played.”
“Cocopah Casino and Blue Diamond are already committed,” Croft said. “So we are 100 percent ready for next year's tournament.”
In other flights: Eidie Bledsoe shot an 87 to win Flight One over Sue Chute; Sue Janner shot an 84 to lift herself over Betty King in Flight Two; Rose Bunning managed to edge Penny Cash by one stroke to secure the Flight Three trophy; and Kay Breithaupt shaved 11 strokes off her Day One score of 96 to win Flight Four.