FSGA Women’s Am: Boca Raton’s Nachmann Runner-up Falls 2&1 to Sebring's Kendall Griffin
“It really, really means a lot,” Griffin said. “I was just really excited for the opportunity to play in it again. I was really happy with every match I won, just to keep moving forward. The FSGA is an amazing organization and I'm just very proud of myself. I'm very honored to be another champion of this event.”
Nachmann was seeded third in match play, having shot 68-73 in stroke play. To reach the final, she topped Taylor Moody 5&4, Emily Staples 2-up, Amelia Williams 4&3, Morgan Baxendale 2&1 and Bianca Sol Cruz 6&5.
Aventura's Jamie Freedman reached the quarterfinals of match play.
Miami's Nataliya Guseva shared medalist honors in stroke play, shooting 69-71.
Palm Beach Gardens' Maisie Filler finished T9 in stroke play.
Griffin became a three-time FSGA champion with this Women’s Amateur victory, having captured the Girls’ Junior title in 2013 and the Women’s Amateur Stroke Play Championship in 2019. The University of Louisville graduate transfer is the eighth collegiate player in the last nine years to capture the championship.
With weather on the way, the Final match between Griffin and Nachmann began about an hour after the last Semifinal match finished. Griffin took a 1-up lead after a birdie on the first hole, rolling in a 15-foot putt.
Griffin and Nachmann halved the next two holes with pars, before Nachmann tied the match on the par-4 fourth hole, hitting her approach shot to 1 foot and rolled it in for birdie.
Both players just missed putts for birdie on the par-4 fifth hole to keep the match square As Griffin and Nachmann made their way to the green on the sixth hole, play was suspended due to weather.
Following an hour-and-a-half weather suspension, both Griffin and Nachmann headed back to the sixth green. Griffin made a 6-foot putt for par to halve the hole.
On the par-3 seventh, both players found trouble off the tee. After her tee shot and a missed chip, Griffin found herself short of the green, finishing with a double bogey. Nachmann was long right of the green, but she chipped it to a foot and was conceded the putt to win the hole and go 1 up.
After both players finished with a par on the eighth, Griffin knocked in a 12-foot putt to tie the match back up heading to the back nine.
Griffin, a Florida Junior Tour alum, took back the lead on the 11th hole with a birdie. Nachmann quickly tied the match on the par-3 12th, hitting her tee shot to 1 foot. They halved the next two holes to head to the 15th tee tied.
Nachmann ran into some on that tee, hitting it in the greenside bunker and finishing with bogey. Griffin, a Louisiana State graduate, played the hole steady finishing with par to take a 1-up lead.
Griffin extended her lead to 2 up on the par-3 16th hole, sinking her 5-foot birdie putt. The Sebring native captured the championship on the 17th hole, as the players halved the hole, winning 2 and 1.
“I know Elle very well and I knew it was going to be a tough match,” Griffin said. “I knew we both were going to play well and we did. We went back and forth the whole day and I was lucky enough to win a few holes towards the end there. Very proud of the way I played.”