Leslie Arakelian made it interesting early, but Pat Mayne’s four birdies helped her hold on to capture her third Northeastern Women’s Golf Association championship Friday at Mohawk Golf Club.
Arakelian, a four-time NEWGA champion from Pinehaven Country Club, cut her deficit from three shots to one after four holes, but Mayne eventually pulled away, despite shooting a seven-over-par 80 in the final round. Mayne finished with a two-day total of 153, while Arakelian, who also shot 80, wound up with a 157.
“It seems like every year, it gets tougher,” said Mayne, a 48-year-old employee of the New York State division of parole. “It was a struggle today, and it was not pretty golf. It was match play between Leslie and I. We were pretty close all day. I didn’t feel comfortable at any time.”
Arakelian’s steady play early in the round helped her close the gap to just one shot after four holes. Although Mayne, who plays out of Western Turnpike, nearly holed out for eagle on the par-5 first hole and settled for birdie, she suffered a double-bogey on the par-3 second hole, and a bogey on the fourth hole.
“It was tense the whole day. We were very focused on what we were doing. We were focusing on making pars,” said Mayne.
The turning point for Arakelian came on the seventh hole, when she had difficulties getting out of a bunker, and then three-putted for a triple-bogey.
“I thought I did well hanging in there, but the seventh hole really hurt,” said Arakelian. “Neither of us played well, but I hit it better today than I did yesterday. The difference was when I had my chances today, I didn’t make any putts.
“It still was a lot of fun. But I had two mental errors and two bad swings today. That was the difference.”
Although Mayne struggled compared to her first-round 74, she did post four birdies.
“Those four birdies made up for my mistakes,” she said.
Besides the near-eagle on the opening hole, she birdied the eighth, 12th and 17th.
First Flight — Pat Mayne 80-154, Leslie Arakelian 80-157, Ella Kellogg 82-167, Anne Jorgensen 83-168, Chan Lee 83-168, Penny Schiek 84-169, Jennifer DiIorio 81-170.
Second Flight — Sue Chambers 84-175, Anne Poulin 88-175, Judith Rudolf 89-176, Linda Kolnick 85-176, Heather Morrison 89-178, Susan Johnson 92-179, Kathy Canestrini 90-187.
Third Flight —Peg Squazzo 88-181, Ilene Gaffney 94-188, Mary Ann Keeler 94-192, Suzanne Ryan 94-196, Bonnie Taylor 99-198, Lynn Keil 104-203, Linds Hudson WD.
Fourth Flight — Carol Aiello 94-187, Carol Burke 94-189, Mary Ellen Trumball 93-190, Judy Mysliborski 97-194, Diane Fowlwer 103-198, Melody Diamond 96-201, MJ Ellis NC-WD.
Fifth Flight — Liz Darling 98-192, Susan Wronowski 93-193, Betty Cushing 97-200, Donna Heskett 99-201, Jean Prockup 102-206, Selena Balick 101-209.