Area Golf Digest

Baik reaches finals of GSGA tourney

Recent East Coweta High graduate Ji Eun Baik showed she may be more than ready for the jump to SEC women’s golf by reaching today’s finals of this year’s Georgia State Golf Association Women’s Match Play Championship, held at Legends Golf Course at Chateau Elan.

Entering the tournament as a No. 12 seed, the Lady Indian standout, who will attend Mississippi State in the fall on a golf scholarship, rolled into this morning’s final against third-seeded Ashlan Ramsey of Milledgeville after advancing through Tuesday’s quarterfinal and semifinal rounds.

Baik eliminated top-seeded Sydney Needham, who led Carrollton High to a Class AAAA girls title as senior this spring, in the semifinals. The match ended on No. 13 after Baik won seven of the final nine contested holes. They included three birdies, two of which came on par-3s. The latter on the 12th hole put her ahead by six holes before matching Needham par-for-par on No. 13 to clinch the victory.

Needham defeated nine-time tournament champion Laura Coble in Tuesday’s early quarterfinal.

Baik, who shot a 79 on Sunday in stroke play to qualify for the championship bracket, advanced to the semifinals after defeating fourth-seeded Amira Alexander of Alpharetta 4 and 3. Alexander was coming off a victory over GSGA Senior Match Play Champion Brenda Pictor of Marietta.

In the quarterfinals, Baik jumped ahead 4-up after five holes on Alexander before ending the match with consecutive pars on holes No. 14 and 15.

Her closest match in the championship bracket came in Monday’s second round victory over No. 5 seed Sloan Shanahan of Suwanee, winning 1-up in a match where both golfers posted identical scores over the back nine. Trailing by two after five holes of play, Baik evened things up with a birdie putt on the par-3 seventh before adding another on the par-5 ninth to take a lead for good.

The tournament field also included local golfer Erin Packer of Tyrone, who fell 7 and 6 to Haley Austin of McDonough. Peachtree City golfer Ivy Shepherd won her first match 7 and 6 over Jen King of Smyrna before falling to eventual finalist Ramsey in the second round.

GSGA AMATEUR QUALIFIER AT ORCHARD HILLS: Orchard Hills Golf Course held a GSGA Amateur qualifier on Tuesday with several local players in action. Results were unavailable at deadline.

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