After finishing second the past two years in the Franklin County Women's Golf Tournament, Kasey Petty vowed to win the event this summer.
The 2012 graduate of Groveport Madison High School made it happen July 18 at Hickory Hills, defeating Natalie Meyers 3 and 1 in the final of the match-play event.
Capturing the championship in the tournament's 91st year enabled Petty to erase the disappointment of losing to Julie Lechner 2 and 1 in last summer's final and to Jamie Linnenbom 6 and 4 in 2012.
"Before the tournament it kind of builds up and it's like, 'OK, third time is a charm, it's about time I take home first place,' " Petty said.
Meyers opened the final with a birdie on the par-4 No. 1 to go 1-up. The golfers were even over the next three holes before Meyers regained a 1-up lead on the par-4 No. 5.
Meyers led 1-up after eight holes, but Petty tied the match with a birdie on the par-4 No. 9 and took the lead for good on the par-4 No. 10.
Both golfers hit their second shots into a bunker on the par-4 No. 17, with Petty landing her third shot about a foot from the hole. Meyers' par putt rimmed out and she conceded the hole to Petty, ending the match.
Petty, who doesn't have a home course, plays at Winding Hollow, where she is employed, and at The Links at Groveport.
An incoming junior at the University of Findlay, she helped the Oilers finish seventh of 12 teams in the NCAA Division II championships this past season. The Oilers shot a school-record 298 during the final round and were led by Petty, who finished the tournament tied for 12th with a school-record 72-hole score of 298 (77, 75, 74, 72).
"Being at the collegiate level, you have to get in good, competitive tournaments," Petty said. "I love coming to this (tournament)."
The Franklin County event was held July 15-18. The opening was pushed back a day because of bad weather, with Lauren Kyre, a member of High Lands, earning medalist honors with an 82 during qualifying July 15.
Petty was second during qualifying with an 83 and then opened match play by defeating Rhonda DeMuth, a member of Jefferson Country Club, 4 and 2 in a quarterfinal. Petty then defeated Jennifer Korn, a member of Brookside, 3 and 2 in a semifinal.
Meyers, who lost in a semifinal last year, qualified for match play after finishing with an 86. She defeated Jeanne Rothe, a member of Brookside, 3 and 2 in a quarterfinal and Kyre 4 and 3 in a semifinal.
Meyers, who lives in Upper Arlington, graduated from Watterson in 2013 and will be entering her sophomore year at Loyola University in Chicago, where she is on the golf team. Meyers' sister, Alex, who served as Natalie's caddy on the back nine during the final, will enter her senior year at Loyola and also is on the golf team.
"The goal was to get a little further this year," Natalie Meyers said. "My short game definitely helped me through this whole week, but what was a huge disadvantage for me was I wasn't putting it in the fairway, so I had to rely on my short game."
Lynn Apel, a member of Ohio State University Golf Club, defeated Em Clifford, a member of Riviera, 6 and 5 to win the second flight.
Marsha Smith, a member of York, defeated Hee Soon Federico, a member of Oakhurst, 4 and 3 to win the third flight.
Wilma Kent defeated Pam Sacco 3 and 2 to win the fourth flight. Both are members of High Lands.