One player who moved back to Indiana in 2009 made quite an impression during her return to the state’s competitive golf scene. Formerly Tobi Probst, now Tobi Herron of Columbus placed third at the Indiana Amateur and took the championship title at the IWGA Mid Amateur at French Lick’s Donald Ross Course August 9-10. Her first round score of 40-36=76 was enough to take a one stroke lead over the rest of the 25-and-over amateur field. A hot three in a row birdie streak on the back nine recovered her score and put her ahead of eventual runner-ups Nina Whalen of Indianapolis and Michelle Gerbasich of Fort Wayne at 77.
Herron opened the final round with a series of pars and finally was able to break the streak with two birdies at holes 7 and 8. One final birdie on the back nine rounded out her even par 71 and gave her the victory. Before returning to her home state, she found success at the University of Missouri as a member of the women’s team and in other states upon graduation like Oklahoma and Florida, but this was her first IWGA win. Gerbasich and Whalen each carded a 75 for a 152 total and second place.