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Course Record Propels Potter to Third State Am Title

July 17th, 2014

Indianapolis' Julia Potter left little doubt as to the outcome of the 91st IWGA State Amateur Championship. After entering the final round at Tippecanoe CC with a three shot lead, Potter fired a course record 29 on the front to take a nine shot lead heading to the final nine holes. Potter never let up, firing a 37 on the back nine for a new 18-hole course record of 67, a seven shot victory, and her third Amateur title.

"I don't think shooting 29 means I wasn't nervous or didn't understand what was on the line," Potter said. "I think I channeled those nerves and made sure every swing I made and every putt I hit were done confidently. Shooting the course record today was not something I expected, but it is definitely an added bonus."

Potter's front nine was a true testament to her confidence on the golf course and her ability to keep her composure during competitive rounds. Her nearly flawless day was bogey free until the par-3, 12th where she failed to get up-and-down from the bunker. She was able to follow up her slight mishap with a birdie on 13, maintaining her 4-under-par tournament total.

"This win is really special to me," Potter said. "When I won this event in '07 and '08, I was in college and playing golf every day. Now I am working full time and have had a very busy summer. I now have a lot of confidence that I can still score even if I can't practice as much as I would like to."

This is Potter's favorite IWGA event and she becomes the eighth woman from Indiana to win the Women's Am three times.

"The State Am has always held a special meaning for me," Potter said. "There is just something about winning this event that brings me a lot of state pride. The field was tremendous this week and, like always, I love representing Indiana."

Potter is also an IWGA Match Play Champion ('09), a two-time IWGA Player of the Year ('08, '09), and the 2013 USGA Women's Mid-Amateur Champion. She looks to defend her Mid-Am title this year in her home state this September.

"This win definitely gives me confidence heading to the Mid-Am," Potter said. "Tippecanoe and Harbour Trees (in Noblesville, Ind.) are both Pete Dye designs. If I was able to put up these kind of numbers here I should be able to score there as well."

Richmond's Trish Witherby finished in second this afternoon with a tournament total of 3-over-par, 219.

Other flight winners included: First Flight: Emily Tilton (Pendleton), Second Flight: Caroline Smith (Columbus), Third Flight: Emma Fisher (Bloomington), Fourth Flight: Lindsey Burklow (Lafayette), Fifth Flight: Shelly Shafer (Hagerstown), Sixth Flight: Karsten Lingenfelter (Rochester).