Burgtorf gets putter working, wins women's city title

Krystal Burgtorf
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jul. 9, 2018 12:01 am Updated: Jul. 9, 2018 12:20 am

QUINCY -- Krystal Burgtorf had no intention of adding up her score in order to gauge where she might stand after the front nine Sunday in the second round of the Quincy Women's City Golf Championships.

But her brother, Collin, had already done the math.

"I kind of knew where I stood," she said. "But I didn't add them up at all on the second nine."

Staying focused on the task at hand helped Burgtorf add her name to the list of city champions.

The recent Quincy High School graduate shot a 7-over 78 and finished with a 162 total, beating the field by eight strokes at Westview Golf Course. Laci Novosel was second at 170.

"I'm pretty proud," Burgtorf said. "It's better than I thought I was going to do coming out. It's very exciting to win the city."

Burgtorf and former QHS teammate Hannah McGuire went into the final round tied at 84, but a birdie on the par-4 second hole gave Burgtorf the boost she needed. Her drive carried right into the No. 3 fairway, leaving her with a blind shot over trees to the green.

She landed the ball safely and made the long birdie putt.

"That's what gave me the most hope," Burgtorf said.

She kept rolling it putts thanks to more concise approach.

"I realized I stood over the ball too much (Saturday) and thought about it too much," said Burgtorf, who plans to play golf at William Woods University. "I had a lot of three putts. After three holes of three putts, I was like, ‘I need to start taking practice swings behind the ball and just walk up and just hit it.' I couldn't think about it too much. I was overthinking everything."

Although the field was small -- just five golfers participated -- Burgtorf knew any hiccups she had could be costly.

"I thought we were all equally talented and equally skilled," Burgtorf said. "I knew it was going to be a competition, and it was to the very last hole."


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