PARKERSBURG - Ritchie County senior Sydney Snodgrass is definitely atop the golf world. Well, at least in the Mountain State that is.
On Thursday afternoon at The Resort at Glade Springs, the two-time Class AA all-stater for the Rebels held on to win the 90th West Virginia Women's Amateur as Snodgrass nipped runner-up Kimberly Eaton by a single stroke during the three-day event - 221 to 222.
Snodgrass recorded a 5-over-par total that featured an opening-round 72, followed by a 76 and Thursday's 1-over-par 73.
Photo courtesy of Jeff Rider/Charleston Gazette
Ritchie County High School senior Sydney Snodgrass, pictured here holding up her championship hardware, fired a three-day 5-over-par total of 221 to capture the 90th West Virginia Women’s Amateur.
"I got a big trophy. I got a trophy for the junior low score and they give plaques for the top 10, so I walked away with three trophies," said an elated Snodgrass. "These wins, between this win and the West Virginia Junior Amateur, it shows that all the hard work is paying off. As long as I keep working hard, good things are going to happen."
Nicolle Flood-Sawczyszyn was two strokes back in third. Parkersburg South's Adeena Shears and Parkersburg High's Lauryn Davidson tied for fourth with scores of 227.
Only a bogey on the ninth hole kept Snodgrass from posting a 4-under par front nine. She managed to get that stroke back after notching a birdie on the par-3, 115-yard 12th hole. However, double bogeys on No. 14 and No. 16, a par 5, made things tenuous down the stretch.
"There was a little bit of nerves," Snodgrass admitted. "I knew I could only play my game. I couldn't control what the other two girls were going to do. After 52 holes, I had put myself in a position to win."
Although errant drives on 14 and 16 led to her double bogeys, Snodgrass was able to regroup and her back-to-back pars to end the final two holes proved good enough to earn her the championship. Eaton actually bogeyed the final two holes.
"Going into 18, I knew we were tied," said Snodgrass, who noted she and Eaton both had downhill birdie opportunities on 18. "I blew mine past the hole and probably had three to three and a half feet coming back for par.
"I had a tester coming back. She was out, so she went first and missed it. I knew if I made it I'd won. That's what you practice for, putts to win championships."