Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Chael Wins Women's State Amateur with a Final-Round 68

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Chael Wins Women's State Amateur with a Final-Round 68

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Jordan Chael had a lot on her mind before teeing off in the final round of the Missouri Women's Golf Association Championship at the Country Club of St. Albans.

Chael, from Overland Park, Kan., had a two-shot lead with 18 holes to make it stick on the Lewis and Clark Course. She'd been in similar situations before, in contention for a championship and, well

"I've never played super well when I was in contention in the final round," Chael said. That is, until Wednesday.

Chael put her final-round worries to rest with a 4-under-par 68 and cruised to the 54-hole championship with a cumulative score of 5 under (211). Playing with Chael in the final group, Kayla Eckelkamp (Washington, Mo.) carded a 1-under 71, which would be good enough to win in a lot of circumstances.

But Eckelkamp got no closer than five shots (216) and finished even par for the championship. Catherine Dolan, a two-time winner, also played in the final trio and shot a 74 to finish third. Kelly Osborne (77) and Emily Goldenstein (78) tied for fourth, while Brooke Cusumano (74) landed sixth.

Two things were especially beneficial to Chael, who spent the past two years at the University of Nebraska but has transferred to Kentucky for her junior year. First, she got a new set of Mizuno irons two weeks ago and found new confidence in that part of her game.

"I didn't have any bad memories with them," she said, explaining the difference.

"Any time she had an iron in her hand, and it was within 100 to 120 yards, she was just on it more often than not," said her father, Ted Chael, who handled the caddy chores. "Really, she just played fantastic."

A second important factor was the presence of her father on the bag. To be clear, it's not that Jordan needed the support. He did.

"That's always interesting," Chael said of having her dad caddy. "We debated it for a long time coming into the tournament. …

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