Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Goedecke Wins Duel for First Coast Crown

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Goedecke Wins Duel for First Coast Crown

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Byline: Garry Smits, Times-Union sports writer

ST. AUGUSTINE -- Kimberly Goedecke may have lost a few strokes during the first 12 holes in the final round of the First Coast Women's Championship yesterday.

But the Nease High School graduate never lost her confidence.

In perhaps the most memorable back-nine duel in the 12-year history of the event, Goedecke rolled in an 8-foot birdie putt at the par-3 16th hole at the Ponce de Leon Resort and parred the final two holes after hitting tee shots into the rough to beat Florida State's Katie Quinney by two shots.

Both players shot 75, but it was the final six holes that decided the tournament.

Tied at 5-over par after Goedecke made double-bogey and Quinney bogey at the par-4 12th hole, the two played the rest of the course in a combined 2 under, with only one bogey -- by Quinney, at the 18th hole, after she missed the green to the left trying to squeeze her second shot to a tight pin.

Goedecke shot 3-over-par 219 for the tournament, while Quinney, the 2000 First Coast women's champion who will be a junior at FSU this fall, shot 5 over. University of North Florida basketball coach Mary Tappmeyer (79) finished third, eight shots behind Quinney.

Goedecke, the Times-Union's 2001 high school player of the year and an incoming Florida Southern freshman, ended the day with the same two-stroke lead she held at the start. But in a stomach-churning round, during which she made only seven pars, Goedecke won despite three bogeys among her first four holes, and a 4-over streak between Nos. 9 and 12.

She seized the lead for good by one-putting four greens in a row, sinking a 12-foot birdie putt at the par-3 13th hole, a 25-foot par putt at the par-5 14th hole, a 3-foot par putt at the par-4 15th hole and her birdie at No. 16.

Goedecke managed to hit the last two greens from the rough after losing her tee shots to the right, two-putting from 18 feet at No. 17 and from 15 feet at No. 18. …

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