Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Perry Opens Door, Then Slams It Shut ; Wins Women's City Golf Tournament by One Stroke

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Perry Opens Door, Then Slams It Shut ; Wins Women's City Golf Tournament by One Stroke

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Editor's note: The continuation of the following story was not printed in Monday's Courier & Press sports section, so we are republishing the story in its entirety. Good manners on the golf course aren't expected to go much beyond staying quiet and respecting your opponent.

Meghan Perry almost took it too far Sunday at The Oaks in the final round of the Evansville Courier & Press Women's City Golf Tournament.

Perry, the first-round leader after a runner-up finish last year, insisted on holding the door to the championship open for Kayla Katterhenry until the very end.

Then the former North standout and current Ball State junior tapped in for bogey on the 18th hole for a one-shot win over Katterhenry, a Castle senior.

It gave Perry a 5-over 78 Sunday and a 146 total after a 2-under 68 Saturday at Fendrich. Katterhenry followed an even par 70 with a 77 Sunday to finish at 147.

University of Evansville junior Sydney Skiles also shot 77 Sunday to finish alone in third place at 149 after a 72 Saturday. Defending champion Taylor Merriss and former champion Natalia Fletcher finished in a tie for fourth at 153.

"This feels good," Perry said. "After finishing second last year, there was only one place I wanted to go. Now I have nowhere else to go. All I can do now is defend."

Perry never fell out of the lead Sunday, although there was a time she shared it with Katterhenry and other times when the Castle senior and Skiles were just one stroke behind.

Katterhenry, who now has two seconds and a third in her only three City appearances, was fighting uphill most of the day.

After picking up two strokes in the first three holes to tie, Katterhenry bogeyed the next four holes against pars for Perry. Then she birdied three of the next four holes to pull within one.

"I came back strong," said Katterhenry. "But it wasn't enough. Meghan was consistent. She hit the ball solid and on target throughout the round."

Perry admitted as much, but said there was one part of her game that kept getting in the way - her putting.

"I three-putted the first three holes and had 37 putts for the round," she said. …

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