Crawfordsville — There wasn’t much that separated Lebanon’s Allison Goodwin and Kenzlie Westerfield Saturday afternoon at the Crawfordsville Sectional.
The duo tied at 82 for medalist honors through 18 holes and then each pared the first three playoff holes. Goodwin went on to birdie the 18th hole – the fourth in the playoff – and took home the medalist honors for the second-straight week in a big tournament.
The two girls scores helped Lebanon shoot a team-score of 342, good enough to win the sectional by 23 shots.
“Did you see them?” Lebanon head coach Mick Milakovic said. “Black shirts, black shorts, white belt, white shoes, black hat. They are identical. They looked like two PGA professionals out there to me. The way they carry themselves on the golf course is the same way. They are class acts and great kids. I think the world of Kenzlie and I am excited for the future of Allison.”
Each girl had a chance to win the playoff earlier. Westerfield nearly chipped in for birdie on the first playoff hole (No. 1) and just missed another birdie putt on the third playoff hole (No. 17).
Goodwin, who made a clutch par save on the 17th in the playoff, had the advantage on the second playoff hole after Westerfield left her birdie putt about four feet short, but Westerfield drained her par putt too.
On the fourth playoff hole (No. 18) Westerfield found the deep rough on her drive and struggled to get it out. Goodwin had three perfect shots to the green, then drained her putt for birdie. It was the fourth-straight season a Lebanon girl has been medalist at the sectional.
After a tough one-shot loss to North Montgomery (who placed second in the sectional) in the Sagamore Conference tournament last Saturday, Milakovic said there was a big turnaround in the girls’ demeanor.
For more of this story, read Tuesday’s Lebanon Reporter.