Bostar is First Nebraska Women's Mid-Amateur Champion
Final Round Conducted Sunday at Fremont Golf Club
FREMONT (September 19, 2021) - Lincoln's Carrie Bostar is the Inaugural Nebraska Women's Mid-Amateur Championship, winning by three strokes at Fremont Golf Club on Sunday.
Bostar became the first player to hoist the Laura Saf Memorial Trophy after shooting a final round 79 (+4) to win by three strokes with a 151 (+1) total. Bostar is a former college golfer at Embry -Riddle University in Florida, lives in Lincoln now and was competing in her first NGA championship.
Five-time Nebraska Women's Amateur Champion Sarah Sasse-Kildow of Lincoln finished runner-up at 154 (+4) with the low round of the day, a 78 (+3). Sasse-Kildow had a chance to get closer than three strokes, but the putts wouldn't drop for her.
Bostar started the day with a four-stroke lead and quickly extended that out. After lengthy par putts on Nos. 4 and 5 dropped, she had pushed her lead to seven strokes. However, she bogeyed three of the last four holes on the front nine to drop to 1-under, after a front nine 39 (+2).
After a shaky start, Sasse-Kildow started to play steady golf, and made nine straight pars at one point. Bostar still maintained a comfortable advantage, until, following a birdie on No. 11, she hit her tee shot on No. 12 out-of-bounds. It was a triple-bogey and her lead was cut in half, as Sasse-Kildow made par to get within three strokes.
Sasse-Kildow had a few chances to cut into the lead further, just missing birdie putts on Nos. 13, 14 and 15. Both players were facing tough par putts on No. 16, and it was Bostar who came up clutch and knocked hers down. Sasse-Kildow missed and fell four strokes behind.
It looked like there would be another swing on No. 17, as Bostar faced another par putt from about 10 feet and Sasse-Kildow had a good look at birdie. Once again though, Sasse-Kildow's putt slid by and Bostar's dropped in the heart. Her lead was four strokes heading to the final hole, and an easy par sealed the win.
Anne Robertson of Columbus finished third at 158 (+8), while Bellevue's Kayla Barnes was fourth at 161 (+11). Two players finished tied for fifth at 162 (+12), including Fremont's Sophie Ullman and 18-time NGA champion Susan Marchese of Omaha.
Two other flights were settled on Sunday as well, with Elkhorn's Miae Hatfield winning Flight 1 with a 169 (+19) total. Omaha's Elizabeth Wanek won Flight 2 with a 177 (+27) total.
Final results are available on the championship website below, along with additional information.
About the NGA
The Nebraska Golf Association, founded in 1966, is comprised of all members of public and private clubs and/or municipal or regional golf associations which utilize an approved handicap service recognized by the USGA and provided by the NGA. Our mission is to uphold and promote the game of golf and its values to all golfers in Nebraska. Among the duties of the Association include governance of member clubs and service as their handicapping and course rating authority, conduct of state golf championships, local USGA qualifying & other notable competitions, promotion of junior golf, presentation of worthwhile educational programs and support of allied golf organizations in Nebraska. The Nebraska Golf Association is an Allied Golf Association of the USGA and carries out core services including Handicap Administration and Oversight, Course Rating, Rules of Golf and Rules of Amateur Status, Tournaments and USGA Championship Qualifiers and USGA Initiatives and Community Programs.