Nerves didn’t get the best of Kristen Bromley over the first nine holes Monday, and she overcame them again after pushing her tee shot into the sand trap on the first playoff hole.
After hitting out of the sand, the Pittsford Sutherland senior made a great up-and-down from 40 yards to save par and edge Brighton sophomore Sarah Bothner in the Monroe County Girls Golf League Tournament of Champions at Monroe Golf Club. Bromley and Bothner each shot 1-over-par 37 to finish atop the leaderboard.
Fifteen other girls qualified for next Tuesday’s Section V Championship at the Country Club of Rochester, and Fairport senior Maddie Krieger received an at-large berth.
“Oh my God — that was fantastic,” Bothner said of Bromley’s deft chip to four feet that turned the tables on the par-4, 343-yard first hole. “I love Kristen. She’s so great. I’m happy she won. She’s a senior. It’s good to win in her last year.”
It was advantage Bothner off the tee. She split the fairway and Bromley’s ball ended up in the front part of a trap. “I was kind of nervous. I’m not going to lie because Sarah hit a really, really good tee shot,” Bromley said.
She needed to get her sand shot up quickly to clear a steep hill. It actually clipped the grass but still went about 100 yards.
“I was like: All right, it’s one shot. Just get (the ball) out and whatever happens happens,” said Bromley, an All-Greater Rochester pick who won the TOC as a sophomore and was runner-up to teammate Kristen Powers last year.
Bromley said making birdie from a trap on the par-4 seventh gave her confidence on the playoff hole.
She overcame a bogey-bogey start and then another bogey on the fifth hole by making birdie on Nos. 7 and 8. Playing in the group ahead of her, Bothner made only one bogey — also on the fifth — before the playoff. On the decisive hole, she landed her approach on the green but about 35 feet from the hole.
After Bromley’s strong chip, Bothner rolled her putt to win about seven feet by the hole.
She missed the comebacker and then Bromley, putting from nearly the same line but three feet closer, drained hers for the win. About two hours later, she called Siena College and gave a verbal commitment to play for the Saints.
“I knew if I just kept playing steadily that I may have a chance,” Bromley said. “I got my nerves down and just had my mental game, which is something I’ve been working on for a while, (come) together.”