Golf: Miamisburg native Skapik wins Kentucky Open

Molly Skapik

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Molly Skapik

Molly Skapik of Miamisburg, a student at the University of Louisville, won the Kentucky Women’s Open golf championship Wednesday at Big Spring Country Club in Goshen, Ky.

The 21-year-old Skapik had a 3-under-par score of 139 to edge teammate Laren Hartlage by one stroke.

Skapik won the title in the same fashion that Austin Sipe won the Ohio Amateur a week ago. She made eight birdies in a sensational 7-under-par round of 64 on Tuesday to take seven-stroke lead over Hartlage at the halfway point, but she struggled to a 75 on Wednesday.

The pressure of having the big lead must have affected her in the second round. After making birdie on the first hole and playing the front nine at even par, she bogeyed four holes on the back nine, including the last three, as Hartlage nearly caught her.

Amanda Dixon of Hillsboro, the 2011 Dayton District Women’s Match Play champion, was the low pro in the event with a 151 total.

City plans Community celebration

The City of Dayton will hold a two-day celebration next June 1 and 2 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of John Patterson’s gift of Community Golf Course property to the city.

Officials are looking for pictures and artifacts from the early days at Community. Anyone who possesses such items and is willing to share them with the public for a couple of days next year is asked to contact Community golf professional Jana Dalton at (937) 293-2341.

Gage wins Cincinnati event

Doug Gage of Dayton, a member at Shaker Run Golf Course, won the Greater Cincinnati Golf Association’s Metropolitan Super Senior Championship on July 11 at Sharon Woods Golf Course.

Completing a 12-hour round that included weather delays of three and four hours, Gage shot 75 and 69 for a 144 total. He beat Rick Henthorn of Wyoming Golf Club by one stroke.

Willis wins Ohio Junior Girls event

Sarah Willis of Eaton, the reigning Ohio High School Division II individual champion, won the Ohio Junior Girls Championship on July 11 at Marion Country Club.

In an event shortened from 36 to 27 holes, Willis had scores of 68 and 38 for a 106 total, She defeated Madison Butler of Hinckley by one stroke.

Willis, a rising senior at Eaton High School, has committed to play college golf at Penn State in the 2018-19 season.

The Women’s Ohio State Golf Association Amateur Invitational will be held Monday through Wednesday at Belmont Country Club in Perrysburg. One medal play round will be fiollowed by match play on Tuesday and Wednesday.

City Stroke Play deadline today

Today is the deadline to enter the City of Dayton’s stroke play championships. Community Golf Course will host the Senior Men’s Stroke Play event Thursday and Friday and the Men’s Stroke Play tournament on Saturday and Sunday.

The men’s stroke play competition, which was a 72-hole event for 35 years, was reduced to 36 holes last year to get more participants.

Chip Shots

Josh Gilkinson of Springboro, last year’s Miami Valley Metropolitan champion, tied for 13th last Wednesday in the Ohio Open Championship at Medina. His 54-hole total was the best by a Dayton area player.

The 72nd Southern Ohio PGA Championship will be played on Monday and Tuesday at the TPC at Rivers Bend in Maineville.

The 20th annual John P. Kalaman Memorial Golf Tournament will be held Sept. 11 at Yankee Trace. Kalaman, a Centerville police officer, and firefighter Robert O’Toole were struck and killed while attending to an accident scene along I-675 on Jan. 12, 1998.

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