VIRGINIA BEACH Suffolk’s Lauren Doughtie defeated Virginia senior Kristen Simpson 5 and 3 to win the 83rd Virginia State Golf Association Women’s Amateur Championship at Bayville Golf Club (5,766 yards, par 36-3672).
The 21-year-old Doughtie , a rising senior at NC State was the stroke play equivalent of three under par for the match en route to taking home her first VSGA Women’s Am title in an all-Hampton Roads encounter that she never trailed.
Doughtie won three of the first six holes, taking an early 1-up lead with a par at No. 2. Simpson, who hit every green on the first nine, made brief inroads at the par-4 ninth, where Doughtie’s approach flew the back of the green. There, Simpson two-putted for par for her first and only win of the match.
The steady Simpson hit every green through the first 12 holes, but was 2-down. Riding a strong ball-striking day, Doughtie ended the match by winning three straight holes from Nos. 13-15.
“I just couldn’t get the ball in the hole today, but sometimes that happens,” Simpson said. “I didn’t play badly. She just played really well.”
Doughtie noted the importance of harvesting an early advantage against her opponent, whom she has known for at least a dozen years going back to their days of junior golf at Suffolk’s Cedar Point Country Club. They know each others games so well that Doughtie was admittedly waiting for her opponent’s normally reliable putter to catch fire.
“I was trying to build the lead up for when her putter got hot, because I’ve played with her too many times when everything she looks at goes in the hole,” Doughtie said.
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