June 30, 2008
OOLTEWAH, Tenn. A faulty putting stroke had Sarah Jane Sinard feeling somewhat frustrated after her loss to Jessica Tarbet in the opening round of the Tennessee Womens Amateur Tuesday.
It was nothing a little practice couldnt cure, though.
Sinard stormed back to win four consecutive matches in the championship consolation bracket over the next three days, capped by her 1-up win over Stacy Springer on the 18th hole of Fridays finalist The Honors Course.
"The whole week, I was hitting the ball great," Sinard said. "It was my putting that struggled."
"After my first match, I stayed and practiced putting for two-and-a-half hours. I knew it would have to get better if I wanted to remain and play the rest of the week."
Sinard described her match with Springer as one that seemingly wasnt going to end.
Two separate rain delays, totalling nearly three hours, halted the pair over the course of the final three holes.
The match was all square going into No. 16 the first time play was suspended. After 30-minute delay, Sinard came back out and proceeded to three-putt the green to fall one-down with two to play.
"(After) we came back out, I thought to myself, It will be a little slower since it came a big rain," Sinard remembered.
"Well, I was wrong."
Sinard had plenty of time to dwell on her miscalculation as the course was cleared once again just as the two were heading to the No. 17 tee box.
After more than two hours of waiting, play resumed once again. Sinard immediately got the match back to all-square with a par on No. 17.
She then landed a 7-iron just off the No. 18 green, and chipped to within 15-feet of the hole. Warren proceeded to three-putt the green. Sinard stepped up and sank her par putt under pressure to win the match in regulation.
"It felt great," Sinard admitted. "All that practice paid off. I was proud of myself."
Sinard, who was a part of Jefferson County High Schools state runner-up teams in 2004 and 05, will look to carry the momentum through the rest of the summer before she becomes a part of Carson-Newmans inaugural womens golf team this fall.
"Im excited to be playing for Holly (Cantwell)," Sinard said of the former University of Tennessee standout who was named the Lady Eagles coach back in December.
"I have always looked up to her, Sinard added. She is a great golfer and I believe she will make a great coach."
"I am excited about the season and cant wait to get started."