Eagle at No. 9 helps Barrett to exemption Women's Open notebook

July 26, 1993|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Staff Writer

CARMEL, Ind. -- Tina Barrett joined the crowd of players who eagled the 435-yard ninth hole, and brought in a second successive sub-par round in the 48th U.S. Women's Open at Crooked Stick Golf Club yesterday.

The Baltimorean finished at 1-under-par 71 and a 72-hole total of 287. This put her in a tie for 13th and ensured an exemption into next year's championship at Indianwood Country Club in Lake Orion, Mich.

Former Owings Mills resident Sarah Ingram was second low amateur, tied for 58th overall, after posting 77-299.

Barrett came into the tournament struggling, having missed a tournament cut last week, and with no expectations of doing well.

"I had visions of that eagle," she said of the driver and 3-wood to 20 yards short of the green at No. 9. From there, she landed an L-wedge shot on the putting surface and the ball rolled into the cup. At the end, the hole had yielded 24 eagles in four rounds.

It enabled her to offset two early bogeys and she turned in even par, 1-under for the tournament.

On the back nine, she rolled in a five-foot putt for birdie at the 462-yard, par-5 No. 15, then came through with two tension-charged, par-saving putts.

For three rounds, she had played the last three holes a total of 2-over par, and this time, she two-putted the 16th for par, one-putted the 17th from 10 feet and one-putted the 18th from six feet.

The last two were downhill efforts that picked up the line and rolled into the middle of the cups.

"I've been struggling with my ball-striking and these were tough conditions," she said.

This was her fifth Open, and third straight check. Her best round had been a par-71 at Colonial Country Club two years ago, which was her best finish, a tie for 11th.

Stormy weather

A severe thunderstorm hit this area shortly before midnight Saturday, uprooting trees and unloading nearly three inches of rain.

"We started with lights about quarter of four, trying to find out how bad it was," said Crooked Stick course superintendent Chris Hague.

"The crew came in and we got started about 5, beginning with No. 1 and working around, bound and determined that this thing [the U.S. Women's Open fourth round] was going to go off.

"I think we took a hit, 100 percent, on 15-16 trees, and another 20-25 were damaged severely. There wasn't a hole that did not have some kind of damage.

"From my rain station, there were 2.85 inches and our guess is that it fell in a 40- to 45-minute stretch. At least three greens went underwater. At No. 16, we had water that was probably eight feet high sometime overnight.

"I don't know how many fronts came through, but we had a lot of trees knocked in different directions."

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