Eight-time Alice O’Neal Dye IWGA Player of the Year, Julia Potter-Bobb gets her second win of the season today at the 2020 Indiana PGA Women’s Open at Rock Hollow Golf Club.
Heading into the final round, Potter-Bobb had a two-shot lead that she never relinquished. She finished the 36-hole event at 2-under-par and defeated defending champion, Brittany Kelly of Woodland CC by three shots.
“The last couple weeks I’ve worked on my iron-play after the match play event because I wasn’t making good contact,” said Potter-Bobb of Indianapolis. “I revamped some things and felt really good about how I was hitting it into these greens the last two days.”
Potter-Bobb’s round was steady, carding a 1-under-par in today’s round, consisting of three birdies, including a conversion on the 17th hole to seal the fate of the field. She only carded two bogeys during today’s round.
“The putt on 17 was huge because 18 has not been my friend,” Potter-Bobb said. “I put it in the water yesterday so to make that putt and have a three-shot lead going into the final hole made my tee shot a lot more comfortable.”
In 2017, Potter-Bobb had a big lead heading into the final round of the Women’s Amateur Championship here at Rock Hollow but made some mistakes on the back nine, and ended up finishing second. Making the turn today, 2017’s finish was on her mind, but she didn’t let that affect how she finished the round today.
“Knowing how hard the loss was for me in 2017, today’s win means even more to me,” said Potter-Bobb. “It was in the back of my mind for sure, but I told myself I wasn’t going to let it define my round. Making my par putt on 18 and finishing strong was a proud moment for me.”
This is Potter-Bobb’s second Women’s Open victory, with her previous win coming in 2016. In two weeks, she will head to the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship in Maryland.
Kelly, who has been battling ovarian cancer for the majority of this year, finished second at this week's event at 1-over-par. This was her first tournament round of the season and it was great to see her back on the course.
“I’ve been waiting for this event to come for quite some time now,” Kelly said. “To be back out here and playing against the best women in the state feelings amazing. After everything I have been through recently, it’s so great to start getting my game back and closer to where it needs to be. And to have my family out here, who has been my biggest support system, is awesome.”
Kristina Kniesly of Logansport finished third today at 3-over-par.
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