Senior Jennifer Elsholz edged a trio of golfers by a single shot to capture the 23rd Golf Association of Michigan Women’s Championship Tuesday at Spring Lake Country Club in Spring Lake.Elsholz registered an even-par 144 in the 36-hole event, which included a field of 82 golfers.
“It’s really exciting to win,” Elsholz told mlive.com. “This is the first thing I’ve won in a while, and it feels great.”
Elsholz posted an impressive three-under par 69 Monday followed by a three-over 75 Tuesday.
One shot behind Elsholz was former Grand Valley State golfer Sarah Hoffman, Tennessee’s Hannah Pietila and Michigan State’s Lindsey McPherson.
Elsholz began the final round with consecutive bogeys, but a birdie on the par-five No. 17 hole moved her out of a four-way tie into the lead. Her eight-foot birdie putt was set up by an 88-yard wedge shot.
“I just told myself on that putt at 17 to put a good stroke on it and luckily I did,” Elsholz said. “This is big for me. Hopefully winning this helps me go on and win some college tournaments this fall.”
Elsholz and the Rockets are scheduled to open the 2014-15 campaign at Michigan State’s Mary Fossum Invitational in East Lansing Sept. 13-14.