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Hartford Women's Open

Brooke Baker Wins Hartford Women's Open In 3-Way Sudden Death Playoff

Story By Bruce Berlet

HARTFORD, Conn. (June 18, 2017) – Brooke Baker has never lived in Connecticut, but she sure has a special attachment to the Nutmeg State.

Baker, who grew up in Oklahoma and now lives in Sanford, Fla., has 25 relatives in New Britain, Berlin and Southington, where she stayed during the second Hartford Women’s Open. That includes two great uncles aged 90 and 89 years old, who walked nine holes in the first round of the $12,000 tournament Saturday at Goodwin Park Golf Course.

The elder statesmen weren’t around for the second round Sunday at Keney Park Golf Course, but Baker was quick to relate some good news. She rallied from a bogey-double bogey finish on the front nine with four birdies in an eight-hole stretch on the back side, capped by an approach to 2 feet at No. 17 that gave her a second even-par 70 and a tie for first place with amateurs Stani Schiavone and first-round leader Angela Garvin.

Baker, 27, an Oklahoma State grad who won the 2009 Oklahoma State Amateur, then won her first pro title when she parred the second playoff hole, No. 17. Garvin, 16, who will seek a fourth consecutive Connecticut Section PGA Junior Championship title June 27-28 at The Course at Yale in New Haven, finished as low amateur for the second straight year when she parred the third playoff hole, No. 18.

Baker earned the $4,000 first prize, which will go toward her entry fee for the LPGA Tour qualifying school, thanks largely to a mid-round adjustment after falling five strokes back after going 5-6 on the par-4 eighth and ninth holes.

”Thankfully I flipped the switch on the back nine,” said Baker, who finished second in the 2015 Connecticut Women’s Open. “I told myself that I had to play with more resiliency and urgency. I feel so fortunate that I was able to do it.

“This win is most special because of my family heritage here. It gives me a good excuse to come up and visit family, and winning should give me confidence heading into tour qualifying school.”

Baker, who began the day four strokes back in a tie for fourth, started her comeback with birdies on Nos. 10, 12 and 14th before a bogey at the 15th slowed her charge. She nearly holed a bunker shot for birdie at the 16th and then narrowly missed an eagle 2 at No. 17. After a routine par 3 at the 18th, Baker had to wait for Garvin to finish in the last group with Thailand native Pacharada Treeful, who tied for the lead with a two-putt birdie at the par-5 14th hole but three-putted No. 16 and couldn’t birdie either of the closing holes to shoot 73 for 141 and fourth place.

Garvin, who finished third last year, shot an opening 4-under 66 that was one off the Goodwin Park women’s course record and gave her a two-stroke lead. She stayed on top for most of the final round until a hooked 7-iron approach into the fescue led to a double-bogey 6 at No. 15. The Feeding Hills, Mass., resident missed three reasonable birdie chances on the last three holes and fell out of the playoff when she three-putted the second extra hole from 40 feet after hooking her drive left, forcing her to hit her approach under some branches.

“I definitely had a shot and am disappointed that I didn’t win the playoff,” said Garvin, whose dad, Louie, caddie for her on Father’s Day and whose gallery included her mother, Mary Alice. “But I’m happy to finish as low amateur again.”

Garvin, who will attend Agawam (Mass.) High School in the fall after previously being home-schooled, made two double bogeys off 7-iron shots and offset two bogeys with two birdies in a closing 74. Garvin, who plays out of The Ranch Golf Club in Southwick, Mass., was the Section Junior Player of the Year at 12, 13 and 14 but didn’t earn the honor last year because she spent much of the time playing in American Junior Golf Association events.

Schiavone, 25, a math teacher at Bangor (Pa.) High School, shot 2-over 37 on the front nine but had three birdies on the back side, including a 9-iron approach to 3 feet at the difficult 15th hole. She nearly won at the 18th, but her 25-foot birdie putt lipped out, giving a second 70.

“I’m just starting to get back into playing after taking two years off, including my graduate year at the University of Mississippi,” said Schiavon, who caddied for friend Ellen Servesko in last year’s tournament. “I’m finally feeling like competing again, and it was nice to be in contention again.”

Amateur Krystal Knight, 20, of Groveland, Mass., actually had the lead at 1 under with four holes to go. But the junior-to-be at Merrimack College finished double bogey-bogey-par-bogey to close with 72 for 143 and fifth place.

“I didn’t know how I stood until the end, but the last couple of holes I got a little nervous because I kind of knew I had to be in good position,” Knight said. “And when I saw my name on the scoreboard on the 18th hole, I got really nervous. But this will be a good learning experience. What kind? Don’t worry about scoreboards.”

Bloomfield native Natalie Filler, the older of two sisters in the tournament, started two back and opened with six pars before making five bogeys and a double bogey in the next six holes. She closed with 78 for 146 and a tie for seventh. That was one behind sister Maisie, who shot 74 for 144 in hot/humid weather that gave way to 10-15 mph winds on the back nine.

Dani Mullen, who won the inaugural event, withdrew before the start of the tournament, which was again played on the recovering City of Hartford courses that underwent $10 million in renovations and are a testament that golf is truly back in the state’s capital city. The field had players aged 10 to 71 with at least one player representing each decade in between.

Final Results

1. x-Brooke Baker (p), *70-70-140 E

2. Stani Schiavone (a), *70-70-140 E

2. Angela Garvin (a), *66-74-140 E

4. Pacharada Treekul (a), *68-73-141 +1

5. Krystal Knight (a), *71-72-143 +3

6. Maisie Filler (a), *70-74-144 +4

7. Linda Wang (a), *74-72-146 +6

7. Nathalie Filler (p), *68-78-146 +6

9. Maite Cupp (p), *72-75-147 +7

9. Kayla Lawrence (p), *73-74-147 +7

11. Lynn Valentine (p), *71-77-148 +8

11. Jordan Lintz (p), *70-78-148 +8

13. Camden Morrison (a), *74-75-149 +9

14. Gabrielle Martin (a), *73-78-151 +11

15. Jen Holland (a), *76-76-152 +12

15. Mercedese Large (a), *73-79-152 +12

17. Vienna Winalski (a), *78-78-156 +16

18. Anelise Browne (a), *80-77-157 +17

18. Sarah Daley (a), *78-79-157 +17

20. Emma McCloskey (a), *78-80-158 +18

21. Taylor Rogers (a), *82-77-159 +19

21. Lauren Pelster (a), *81-78-159 +19

21. Sarah Houle (a), *78-81-159 +19

24. Nora Noel Nolan (a), *83-77-160 +20

24. Taylor Schmidt (a), *82-78-160 +20

26. Michelle Rosenhouse (p), *81-81-162 +22

26. Julia Migliorati (a), *78-84-162 +22

28. Jo Rasmussen (a), *84-80-164 +24

28. Mia Grzywinski (a), *84-80-164 +24

30. Gianna Papa (a), *81-84-165 +25

31. Hannah Blonder (a), *86-80-166 +26

32. Alexsandra Lapple (a), *87-80-167 +27

32. Taylor Smooke (a), *85-82-167 +27

34. Kelley Gibbons (a), *85-85-170 +30

34. Allie Tulley (a), *81-89-170 +30

36. Mia Scarpati (a), *88-83-171 +31

37. Mia Hidalgo (a), *88-86-174 +34

37. Paula Cloud (a), *89-85-174 +34

39. Alexandra Fox (a), *89-87-176 +36

40. Sydney Hidalgo (a), *92-85-177 +37

41. Nancy Walker (a), *89-89-178 +38

41. Emily Mckenna (a), *84-94-178 +38

43. Maren Livinstone (a), *93-87-180 +40

43. Sandi Tuller (a), *90-90-180 +40

45. Bobbi Torrison (a), *89-92-181 +41

46. Emily Healy (a), *83-99-182 +42

47. Katherine Chan (a), *91-92-183 +43

48. Anna Casagrande (a), *94-90-184 +44

48. Caroline Petchark (a), *94-90-184 +44

48. Devyn Howe (a), *93-91-184 +44

48. Elena Anderson (a), *87-97-184 +44

52. Leslie Li (a), *97-94-191 +51

53. Shannon Slater (a), *94-100-194 +54

54. Connie Dai (a), *104-91-195 +55

55. Tess Csejka (a), *99-97-196 +56

56. Bailey McGuigan (a), *104-99-203 +63

57. Jenna Fahey (a), *104-100-204 +64

58. Catarina Petrovic (a), *104-104-208 +68

59. Casey Stark (a), *110-109-219 +79

60. Annie Dai (a), *113-109-222 +82

61. Emma Michetti (a), *117-106-223 +83

 

DID NOT FINISH

 

WD. Amelie Phung (a), *+21

WD. Dani Mullin (p), *