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Sudden-death playoff magic, year 2
Curtis repeats as FDCC Ladies champ in similar drama to 09


Mary Ellen White sinks this 35-foot putt at No. 16 to win First Flight championship, beating Judy Strandquist 3-and-2.- Alan Sloan/farragutpress
French champagne was the celebration beverage of choice for Brenda Curtis alongside Fox Den Country Club's No. 1 hole, where for the second straight year she turned playoff sudden death success into a Championship Flight title.

Curtis, rallying from a four-hole deficit with nine to play to edge Karen Neidhardt, won her second consecutive FDCC Ladies Club Championship crown in a playoff during final-round match play Thursday, July 29.

I'm kind of a bulldog, I just don't quit, Curtis said of her comeback, which was aided by a jinx according to Neidhardt's husband, Phil, who saw his wife lose four of the next five holes when he joined the gallery at No. 10.

Oh, he doesn't jinx me, Neidhardt said with a laugh after the match.


Curtis, a two-time First Flight champ in Knox Area Women's Golf Association tourneys, said her husband, George, is very supportive, but he's at work so I can do this.

Though Neidhardt said, I love this course, she added that FDCCs rough is just brutal, you have to hit the ball down the fairway.

Neidhardt, a two-time Ladies Club champion, missed a roughly 30-foot putt on No. 18 that would have won the 2010 title before hitting her playoff tee-shot at No. 1 into the left bunker.

A short chip out of the bunker followed while a third shot fell well short of the green.

Meanwhile, Curtis reached the playoff green with her third shot to pretty much settle the issue.

Other flight champs on the 5,279-yard blue tee course were: First Flight, Mary Ellen White defeated Judy Strandquist 3-and-2; Second Flight, Elie Martin beat Dot Scrock 1-up; Championship Flight Consolation, Catherine Manning defeated Kathy Jackson 4-and-2, and First Flight Consolation, Sharon Gottman defeated Mae Barlow, 4-and-3.

Lisa Leskanic was 9-Hole Club medalist. Jenny Miedaner earned 9-Hole Net Club champ honors.

 

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