GRANGER — Kari Bellville’s tournament run on her hometown course ended with a narrow quarterfinal loss on Thursday, July 31, in the Women’s Western Golf Association’s (WWGA) 88th National Junior Championship at Knollwood Country Club.
Top-seeded Emily White of Saline, Mich., defeated Bellville two up in Championship Flight afternoon play. Until Bellville dropped the 18th hole, neither player was ever more than one up.
Earlier in the day, the Penn High School graduate and Notre Dame recruit went at least one extra hole for the second straight time, defeating Shawn Rennegarbe of Addieville, Ill., on the 19th in the round of 16. During the opening round Wednesday, Belleville had gone 24 holes to advance.
White; Annika Bovender, of Mount Pleasant, S.C.; Kelsey McDougall, of Canton, Mich.; and Anika Hitt, of Mequon, Wis., were the final four players remaining heading into Friday’s semifinals and final.
In a Second-Flight quarterfinal showdown of Penn-affiliated players, Penn grad Madison Chesnutt beat Penn junior Cassidy Jurkaites two and one.