Swanson wins women's Hall of Fame Jun 11, 2007  (12 years ago)

By Randy King
Jun 11, 2007, 11:15

HARDY -- Meredith Swanson won her third Roanoke Valley Golf Hall of Fame women's championship in four years Sunday.

Another trip to Disney Land, Meredith?

Hardly. How about an eight-hour ride with her parents to Ohio, where she will get to tee it up again at 8 a.m. today in a practice round for the Cleveland Junior Classic.

"We're leaving straight from here and will get there about 2 a.m. [today]," Swanson said. "I won't have any trouble sleeping. Believe me, I'm tired."

She should be.

In the longest playoff in any division in HOF history, Swanson staved off Dot Bolling by one shot when the six-time champion rushed and missed a 2-foot par putt on the sixth extra hole at Westlake.

"That wasn't pretty," said Swanson, 16, who won despite shooting a final round of 10-over 82. "I knew scores were going to be higher here, but not this high.

"I'm glad to win it, though. It made hanging around worth it. That trip to Cleveland would be a lot longer if I had lost, believe me. I'm glad this is over, though. Dot was glad it was over, too, I think."

No thinking about it. Bolling, 61, who drained a 20-foot birdie putt on the final hole to shoot 80, confessed as much after the long, grueling day in intense heat.

"I wanted to quit ... I'm tired," said Bolling, sucking down a post-round Corona.

After rapping her ball through the break on a 12-foot birdie putt that would have given her a second straight HOF title, Bolling never even bothered to line up her 2-footer coming back for a hole-halving par. As soon as she struck the badly misguided short putt -- her ball barely grazed the right lip of the cup -- she was walking. She knew she was done.

"I said either I'm going to make [the birdie putt] or ... I didn't even really try to make the second one," Bolling said.

When asked if she tried to miss the putt on purpose, Bolling unemphatically responded: "I would never do that ... nobody will ever know but me."

Swanson wasn't buying such conjecture. "No ... not Dot ... not Dot! Shoot, I thought she would probably make the birdie putt."

Vickie Kasza, 20, was part of the playoff for three holes. Kasza, who closed with a 79 to rally from three shots back, flubbed a chip shot from the rough on the third playoff hole. She subsequently was eliminated when she made a bogey and Swanson and Bolling each made pars.

"I'm not upset, not at all," Kasza said. "Hey, I played not so great, but I pulled through by going from third to a tie for first. It's not a big deal to me because I have other things in my life to do. I'm hoping to practice in medicine one day."

Paced by Swanson and Bolling, Roanoke Country Club captured its third consecutive team title. RCC finished 15 shots ahead of runner-up Countryside.


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