Bolling tops teen for record 5th title Jun 6, 2001  (18 years ago)

By Randy King, The Roanoke Times
Jun 6, 2001, 10:12

Talk about a gimme. The fairy-tale story would end with a victory by upstart teen-ager Meg Davies. "Oh, yeah, I know everybody wanted Meg to win today," Dot Bolling said. "And I really wanted her to . . . I mean, it would have been fine with me."

However, Bolling wasn't going to give anything away, kid or no kid involved.

Taking advantage of a couple of disastrous mistakes by Davies and then closing the deal like she's done so many times before, Bolling captured her record fifth HOF title at Westlake Golf & Country Club.

Bolling managed a 6-over-par 78 on the short but tricky layout to finish with a 36-hole total of 10-over 154. Davies, stung by a quadruple bogey-9 at No. 5 and a costly double bogey-5 at No. 16, settled for an 81 and finished two shots back at 156.

Bolling, who had her run of four straight HOF titles snapped last year by Ann Kite, was more than happy to drive home with No. 5. The victory separated Bolling from Penny Stallins, a four-time victor.

In the post-tournament trophy ceremony, tournament director Roby Roberson couldn't help but have some fun with Bolling.

"This will be the last one of these," said Roberson, handing Bolling more HOF hardware. "We're out of them."

Bolling, 51, said Roberson may be right.

"Yeah, this is probably it," she said. "I say that every year, thinking I've caught my limit."

Davies, admittedly nervous leading a tournament for the first time, had a two-shot lead going to the 411-yard, par-5 No. 5.

"I just totally came out of my driver and hit the ball totally off the toe and straight out of bounds," said Davies, still in disbelief. "It was like a shank with my driver. It was nasty."

The misadventure cost Davies four shots. And when she made the turn in 7-over 43, Davies trailed Bolling by five shots.

But Davies didn't fold, rallying to tie heading to the 16th tee. Admittedly pumped by the sudden turn of events, Davies jerked a gap wedge into the far left bunker on the easy 110-yard 16th, blasted out and three-putted for a double bogey-5. Bolling made a routine par. It was over.

"I thought she was going to win it," Bolling said. "But I wasn't going to give it to her."

Davies, the first-round leader, walked over and hugged Bolling when the round was over.

"I told her that she would win a lot more tournaments and that I was sorry that she lost," Bolling said.

Davies wasn't too unhappy. She was flying to Myrtle Beach, S.C., on Sunday night to join her Cave Spring High School friends.

"I almost didn't play in this because there was so much going on this weekend," said Davies, who graduated from Cave Spring on Saturday. "Now, I'm very glad I played."

Waterfront's Teresa Shull finished five shots back in third.

In the team battle, Hidden Valley captured its fourth straight title, outdistancing second-place Countryside by 14 shots.

Reprinted with permission from The Roanoke Times.

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