Paxton DeHaven of Seymour claimed her first Indiana Women’s Golf Association title Friday at the Match Play Championship at Heartland Crossing Golf Links.
After solid play all week and three match wins, DeHaven advanced to the finals against defending champion Brooke Beegle of Fishers.
DeHaven grabbed an early lead Friday on the par-3 No. 2 after Beegle hit her tee shot into the water.
On the sixth hole, DeHaven made a birdie putt to gain a 2-up lead. Beegle then sank back-to-back birdies and got the match back to All Square.
With a par on 9, Beegle took a 1-up lead heading to the back nine. But DeHaven converted a birdie putt on the par-5 No. 13 to get the match back to All Square.
Beegle then failed to get up-and-down on the par-3 14th, and DeHaven took the lead back. Another bogey on the par-4 15th by Beegle gave DeHaven a 2-up lead with three holes left.
Beegle and DeHaven halved the par-4 16th heading to 17 dormie. With a bogey on the par-4 17th, Beegle won the hole and forced the match to 18.
Beegle hit her approach shot to three feet. DeHaven then responded with a strong approach shot and left herself with a 6-footer for the win, which she converted.
During her senior year at Seymour High School, DeHaven tore her anterior cruciate ligament playing basketball, but she has bounced back with a solid start to her 2014 golf tournament season.
She will attend University of Indianapolis in the fall and play on the women’s golf team.
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