Meier wins 97th Michigan Women’s Amateur

Michigan State senior Christine Meier won the Michigan Women's Amateur.

Michigan State senior Christine Meier won the Michigan Women's Amateur.

Christine Meier, from Rochester Hills, Mich., won the 97th Michigan Women’s Amateur yesterday at Walnut Hills Country Club with a 3-and-2 victory over Hailey Hrynewich of Muskegon.

Meier, a senior at Michigan State University, joins her coach Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll, as a two-time winner of the Michigan Women’s Amateur.

If this tournament is an indication of the upcoming season for the Spartans golf team, it could turn out to be a very good year. The victory puts Meier, along with teammates Liz Nagel and Allyssa Ferrell, in a strong position to lead the Spartans during the 2013-14 season. (Read the Golfweek women’s countdown: No. 22 Michigan State here.)

Meier’s first match saw her defeat 15-year-old Allyson Geer, 3 and 1. Geer, a ninth-grade student from Brighton, Mich. plays on the Golfweek Junior Tour and was ranked No. 1 for girls 14 and under during the 2012-13 golf season. (Read Allyson Geer’s Golfweek profile here)

“It wasn’t a necessarily exciting match,” said Meier after her match, “but it was a good match. It was almost like a pitching duel out there.”

During Meier’s second-round match it took 19 holes to defeat close friend Nagel. Nagel, a veteran of the Michigan Women’s Amateur has been the stroke-play medalist three times without notching a victory in the overall championship.

Upon receiving her medalist honors, Nagel said, “We’re not really here for the stroke play. It’s nice to have won it twice before, and it’s great to do that, but still it all hinges on match play.”

“I was talking to Liz during our match and we were saying how we use to know everyone at this tournament and we didn’t know hardly anyone this year,” Meier said. “We use to be the up-and-coming players but now we are kind of the veterans.”

After taking 20 holes to defeat high-school senior Jacqueline Setas of East Lansing in the quarterfinal matches and then Wisconsin commit Aya Johnson 1 up in the semifinals, the stage was set for Meier’s final match against sixth seed, Hailey Hrynewich.

As it was in just about every match, Meier started slow, trailing Hrynewich until the turn.

“My putts finally started rolling on 9,” said Meier. “That was the difference in this match. Holes nine through 12 are tough and that is right where I started putting well. If you can get through those holes with par, you feel confident.”

After playing steady golf for the remainder of the round, Meier closed the deal on the 16th hole.

“I’ve been playing a ton of match play lately so I felt I was really ready for this tournament,” Meier said.

“It was a lot of fun and I have a lot of confidence now heading to Ohio University to play college golf,” said Hrynewich. “I went up against college players here and did well, my putts were just not dropping.”

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