Butler University senior, Lauren Tibbets, grabbed her first IWGA title today at the IWGA Match Play Championship at Kokomo Country Club. Tibbets started off the week strong, firing a 72 during stroke play to secure the number two seed heading into the match play portion of competition.
During the rounds of 16, 8 and 4, Tibbets battled it out against some of the strongest female amateurs in the state to claim her spot in the final match against Rachel Johnson, a senior at Missouri State University.
As the match began, it looked like the advantage was in Johnson’s favor as she took an early lead and was 2-up through four holes. But Tibbets proved she wasn’t ready to throw in the towel.
"I really tried to stay patient and focus on making pars," said Tibbets. "There was still a lot of golf to play."
With wins on holes 8, 9, 10, and 11, Tibbets grabbed a 2-up lead of her own - which she would never relinquish. She added a birdie on the par-4, 13th
to go 3-up and made pars on 14, 15 and 16 to win the match 3 & 2 and claim her first IWGA title.
“I played fairly conservative today, like I normally do,” said Tibbets. “What I really like about match play is that it’s hole by hole. If I hit a wayward shot, I tried not to focus on it too much and instead remember that it’s one hole at a time.”
Tibbets plans to compete in the Indiana PGA Women’s Open at The Player’s Club in Yorktown this July and hopes this win will keep her confidence high heading into that event.
“This win is really special to me and helped prove to myself that I do have what it takes to compete against this strong of a field,” said Tibbets. “I felt confident today and I hope to carry that confidence into the Open later this summer. To me, the most important fairway I have to focus on is the 6 inch fairway in my head.”
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