ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) Katelyn Sayyalinh credited her chipping for her success on Sunday as the Guilford senior defeated Harlem graduate Carson Racich 4&2 to win her first Greater Rockford Women's Golf Classic championship at Aldeen Golf Club.
"My driving wasn't the best, so I had to work on my short game," said Sayyalinh.
She also did damage with the putter. On Saturday, she birdied two of the final three holes to beat Lutheran grad Natalie Hooper. On Sunday, she found that same stroke on the back nine, with birdies on 13 and 16 to finish off Racich.
"It was very nerve-wrecking," explained Sayyalinh. "Because my putting hasn't been the best lately, but I guess it just worked out."
On the other side, Racich, the Lamar University junior, could not find her putter when she needed it the most. She bogeyed the final four holes including a double-bogey on 16, where the match play ended.
"Match play, if you have one bad hole, you can just forget about it and just do better the next hole," said Sayyalinh. "But stroke play just keeps adding on."
Sayyalinh added on late, making par on four of the final seven holes to claim the championship.
"It's very exciting. Overwhelmed that I won. I played a really great golfer."