Grosse Pointe Shores Golfer Wins Illinois Women's Open


ROMEOVILLE, Ill. - Samantha Troyanovich, from Grosse Pointe Shores, Mich., won the 18th annual Phil Kosin Illinois Women's Open in a one hole playoff against Samantha Postillion and Lauren Mielbrecth.

At the conclusion of regulation play the three players were one-under par, 215 at Mistwood Golf Club.  Just missing the playoff by one stroke were Brittany Johnston and Ashley Armstrong.

Several players made early birdies on the front nine making a run at the Kosin Cup trophy, and the leaderboard changed consistently throughout the day.  Troyanovich played in three groups ahead of the leaders and knew she had to go low, but isn't one to watch the leaderboards.  She carded a bogey on the first, and 14th holes, and battled back with five birdies to earn her spot in the playoff, 73-73-69-215 (-1).

Troyanovich recently graduated from Tulane University and plans to continue her education at law school this fall. She is going to remain an amateur, even though she has fulfilled her eligibility for collegiate golf, and perhaps if her game is ready, turn pro in a year or two.  She has already stated that she would like to return next year to defend her first tournament win.

Tournament rules dictated that the three players head to the 3rd hole, 506-yards par 5.  All three players hit good drives, however Postillion and Troyanovich had tricky lies.  Postillion hit a hybrid to position herself for a good approach shot.  Troyanovich received relief as her stance was directly on a sprinkler head, and it placed her in the fairway.  She hit a great hybrid shot to about 20 yards short of the green.  Mielbrecht's second shot also gave her good position into the green, her chip shot flew long past the cup for a long birdie opportunity.

Postillion's third shot hit the green but was well left of the flag for a 35-40 foot birdie putt.  Troyanovich had a plan. She said, "I thought it was a conservative play that I could be aggressive with. I pictured my pitch shot and pulled it off and left myself a three and a half footer."

Postillion putted first, and missed her 40 footer, which nestled up nicely for a par opportunity.  Mielbrecht's long chip shot left her with a 20-foot putt which she missed for a birdie.

Troyanovich had the putt to win the tournament with a birdie.  The three and a half footer dropped right into the cup and the victory was hers.  She said, "I've never won a tournament before, this is my first one."

In addition to Troyanovich, assistant University of Michigan golf coach, Colleen Cashman-McSween, had a fine showing with a 73-71-77-221.


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