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Hunt fends off Cornell for title Birdie on 16th decisive after big lead is wasted

For Kathy Hunt and Lindsay Cornell, two of the final three golfers in Tuesday's Buffalo District Golf Association Women's Individual Championship at Fox Valley, the 16th hole was the one for all the marbles.

And it proved to be quite sweet for Hunt.

With both Hunt and Cornell tied heading into the par-4 No. 16 hole, Hunt carded a birdie while Cornell notched a double bogey as Hunt, who entered the second and final day of the tournament with a six-stroke lead, captured her first championship since the tournament's inaugural run in 2003 with a five-shot triumph on Cornell's home course.

Hunt, who plays out of Brookfield Country Club, finished with a 5-over-par 77 to finish with a two-round score of 6-over 150. The win will put her atop the points leaders for this season.

"I'm excited because when I made the turn, I was a little down because I was real nervous on the front," Hunt said.

Hunt went from being the hunted to the hunter after the front nine because Cornell stormed out of the gates with a 1-under-par 35 on the front nine to take a one-shot lead into the back nine.

Cornell's dream of a miracle comeback ended on No. 16 as she took a penalty stroke as her second shot went left of the green and into the hazard. Cornell finished with bogeys on 17 and 18 for a 4-over 76 and two-round total of 155.

"I was playing really well until 16 to be honest with you," Cornell said. "Mentally, I kind of lost it on 16. That was a big swing between me and Kathy. I made double she made birdie and then we went from even to me being three down with two to go so that was kind of the end of the match."

Hunt's win was made all the more remarkable given the tough set up of the course at Fox Valley, with the placement of the pins giving the golfers trouble all day long. The par-4 fourth was especially trying for Hunt who double bogeyed there.

"The hole locations were really, really hard," Hunt said. "The fourth hole, was just totally unfair. I thought the hole locations the first day were harder but I putted better the first day. If I had putted like I did last week it would have been a little bit better but nevertheless, I'm happy."

Also playing with Hunt and Cornell was Mary Kraus who came into the day tied with Cornell having shot a 7-over-par 79 last week. Kraus struggled on Tuesday and finished with an 8-over-par 80.

Another notable was 16-year-old Natalie Wisniewski who shot a three-over 75 playing with the Kaul sisters Kari and Kim who are annually at the top of the BDGA standings.

But the biggest story for most of the day was Cornell's comeback from a six-stroke deficit. The 20-year-old junior at Xavier University notched three of her four birdies for the round on the front nine to challenge Hunt.

"She came out like a ball of fire and I knew she would because she can do that," Hunt said of Cornell. "When I saw her score from last week I knew that it might be tough for her but when she came out the way she did I said 'OK,' and I had to turn it on on the back."


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