Bellville escapes 24-hole battle with 15-year-old
GRANGER — Kari Bellville had to work extra time, but captured a 24-hole match against 15-year-old Kory Nielsen during Championship Flight opening-round match play Wednesday, July 30, in the Women’s Western Golf Association’s 88th National Junior Championship at Knollwood Country Club.
Bellville, a Penn graduate entering her freshman year at Notre Dame, beat Nielsen, of Kent, Ohio, by draining a birdie on the sixth extra hole. Each player had parred the first five extra holes.
Bellville was 3 up after nine regulation holes, but Nielsen rallied.
Their match was the longest by four holes of any match Wednesday in any of the five flights. Bellville’s win came on a 10-foot downhill slider birdie on the 359-yard, par-4 sixth.
Bellville was to play Shawn Rennegarbe of Addieville, Ill., in a round-of-16 match Thursday morning. The quarterfinals are Thursday afternoon, with semis and finals set for Friday.
In Second Flight matches Wednesday, Penn grad Madison Chesnutt and Penn student Cassidy Jurkaites each won.