Greenwood's Erica Shepherd wins her first IWGA event at the age of 13. Shepherd posted a two-day total of 4-under-par, 140 at Otter Creek GC to defeat Madison's Amanda Detmer by one stroke in the first annual IWGA Indiana Golf Championship.
"I've just been hitting the ball really well," Shepherd said. "I made an eagle on the par-5, 14th which definitely helped my overall score today. I also hit 17 greens. It was a great day and I am proud of the way I played."
Shepherd recently participated in the USGA Girl's Junior Championship and won the Indiana Junior Masters Tour Championship last week.
"This win is very special to me," Shepherd said. "There were so many great players in the field this week and it feels awesome to know I can compete at this level."
Hometown favorite Tobi Herron won the Mid-Amateur Division after posting a two-day total of 3-under-par, 142 and defeating Julia Potter of Indianapolis in a playoff.
"I played well yesterday and to be honest I hit some quality iron shots today, but had some bad short game moments," Herron said. "It's always good to get out there and play competitively and overall I played really well."
Herron is a three-time Mid-Amateur Champion and adds a Mid-Am Division win to her list of accomplishments in this new IWGA event.
"I see this event as a building block for the USGA Mid-Am coming up next month," Herron said. "I am doing some great things with my swing and just need to work on my short game. I feel good about how I am playing."
Indianapolis' Julie Carmichael was the Senior Champion after two days of solid play at Otter Creek. Carmichael posted a 9-over-par, 151 for an eight shot victory over Nina Whalen of Indianapolis.
"I played really well during round one," Carmichael said. "Today didn't go as well as I had hoped, but a win gives me some confidence heading to the USGA Team Championship with my partner Tobi Herron."
Carmichael is an Indiana Amateur Champion ('87), an Indiana PGA Women's Open Champion ('00), and a four time Indiana Mid-Amateur Champion.