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Top Seeds Battle It Out at Girls State Junior

June 24th, 2011

With the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds making their way through the bracket to the finals for the first time in recent memory, it came as no surprise that the final match of the Championship Flight at the Girls State Junior was a battle. Second seed Kayla Katterhenry of Newburgh and top seed Katie Sharp of Kendallville went back and forth all day Friday, June 24, at Harrison Hills before Katterhenry eventually defeated Sharp only 1 up. "I just tried to take it one shot at a time out there today," said Katterhenry. "I told myself to play my game and not focus on her shots." The strategy worked for the rising junior, who earned her first championship victory. "I want to come back next year and try to defend my title," she explained.

Katterhenry was the first of the two players to make a move. After the first two holes, she was already 2 up, but Sharp stayed persistent and by the 7th tee she was leading 1 up. It continued to go back and forth, with only four holes being halved all round. At the par-3, 17th, the match was all square. Katterhenry went just over the green into the rough, while Sharp missed hers short on a steep hill in the rough. Katterhenry was able to convert her up and down to have the advantage heading to the 18th tee. On the final green, Sharp had a chance to make a long putt for birdie to take the match to extra holes, but she missed and Katterhenry prevailed.

Click here for Girls State Junior Match Play brackets and results.