8.12.14 WOMEN'S GOLF: Venegas Wins City Championship in Lima

Women's Golf, 2014-08-12

Walsh University sophomore Raven Venegas (Lima, OH/Shawnee) bested GLIAC foe, and University of Findlay star Shelby Warner, to win the Lima Area Women’s Match Play tournament at the Shawnee Country Club on Sunday.

The two battled back and forth for 19 holes until Venegas rolled in a short putt for par on the first extra hole to grab the championship flight title, 1-up, in 19 holes.

“There was a little more pressure maybe than I expected.” Venegas said. “I wanted to play because I love this tournament and the people who play in it.”

It was Venegas’ second year playing in the tournament and her first championship.

Warner got off to a shaky start with bogies on the first two holes, while Venegas (Walsh University/Shawnee High School) was making two pars to grab a quick 2-up lead.

“Nothing was in sync,” Warner (Lima Central Catholic High School) said. “Everything was up and down and not consistent.”

Venegas stretched her lead to 3-up when she made birdie on the par-5 third hole, but Warner bounced back with a 2-putt par on the fourth hole to get back to within 2-down.

The two tied the fifth hole with bogey and Venegas went back to 3-up with a nice birdie putt on the par-3 sixth hole.

Warner then birdied the seventh and eighth holes to get back to within one going to No. 9.

Things appeared to be going Warner’s way when Venegas failed to reach the green in two and Warner only had 60 yards to the green following a huge drive.

But Warner misjudged the dampness under her ball and only got the ball halfway up the hill. She then shanked her third shot and finally got on the green following her fourth shot. A three-putt led to a 3-over seven on the hole and Venegas had a 2-up lead going to the back nine.

Venegas regained a 3-up lead after 13 holes before Warner mounted a final charge to get back into the match.

Warner then proceeded to make pars on number 14, 15, and 17, sandwiched around a birdie on number 16 to go from 3-down to 1-up with only one hole left to play.

Venegas made an easy two-putt par on the 18th hole to get back to even and send the match on to extra holes.

“I had to keep my nerves in check when things started going her way,” Venegas said. “I focused on the next shot and staying positive.”

Both players hit huge drives on the extra hole and Venegas hit a nifty pitch shot to 10 feet while Warner hit her pitch through the green and was unable to get up and down.

Venegas two-putted for her par and the match, and tournament title was hers.