Two years ago, Cindy Peterka scored a lopsided decision over Sally Casey for a women's Metropolitan championship, so when the two met in the quarterfinals of this year's event at Hobbit's Glen Golf Club yesterday, Casey was determined to make a better showing.
It wasn't only a better showing, it was a superb effort, as Casey never trailed, finally birdieing the first extra hole to upset Peterka, who was seeking a third straight title.
In other championship pairings, former champion Andrea Kraus was 2-over par in subduing Cheri Cooper, 3 and 2; Joan Lins played even par for seven holes on the back to thwart Sharon Pusin, 3 and 2; and Kanya Chintrisna won the 18th hole to edge Leigh Farrell, 1-up.
Putting was the difference in Casey's victory. She made everything inside 12 feet, including one of that length to end the match after hitting a 145-yard 5-iron shot from the right rough at No. 1, the playoff hole.
Peterka, who had an uncharacteristic five three-putt greens, forced the overtime when she parred the 18th to draw even after Casey had gone ahead at the 17th.
In a match that produced the day's best golf, Cooper, a Hobbit's Glen member who was 6-over, won the 11th and 12th holes to close a gap to one hole.
Kraus won the 13th with a par and the 15th with a birdie (Cooper reached the green of the par-5 in two but three-putted for par), and it was over when they halved the 16th.
Sally Casey def. Cindy Peterka, 19 holes; Kanya Chintrisna def. Leigh Farrell, 1-up; Andrea Kraus def. Cheri Cooper, 3 and 2; Joan Lins def. Sharon Pusin, 3 and 2.
Judy Hoff def. Linda Hickman, 2-up; Kathy Altemus def. Tinker Eck, 6 and 5; Eleanor Appling def. Jean Mulcahey, 3 and 2; Connie Pifer def. Young Ja Kim, 1-up.
Dorothea Greene def. Judy Mehrling, 2 and 1; Barbara McLaughlin def. Linda Schneidereith, 4 and 3.
Connie Henderson def. Mary Myers, 5 and 3; Liz Ireton def. Pat Hagan, 2 and 1.
Marie Driessen def. Rita Gillham, 4 and 3; Arlene Birnbaum def. Mary Harper, 1-up.
Ann Gillespie def. Jean Minnis, 9 and 7; Midge Thursby def. Erica Overholser, 7 and 5.
Audrey Hopkins-Brown def. Karen Mortimer, 5 and 4; Gail Mosher won from Pat Jackson by default.
Renee Bisciotti def. Doris Bright, 4 and 3; Fopeanna Johnson def. Marge Myers, 2 and 1.
Jeanne Guidera def. Mary Lou Watson, 7 and 5; Lori Karvellas def. Dottie Wood, 2-up.