Bolger Wins US Womens Mid-Am


USGAWEST POINT, Miss. -- Meghan Bolger defeated Thuhashini Selvaratnam, 5 and 4, Thursday to capture the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur Championship.
'It's going to hit me a little bit later,' said Bolger, a local favorite and the head coach of the University of Mississippi women's golf coach. 'It's still very exciting right now. It's new.'
Selvaratnam, a former All-American at Arizona State, won the first hole when Bolger three-putted from 12 feet. That was the only time Selvaratnam held the lead in the match as Bolger squared the contest the par on two.
Bolger went on a run from there. She won the fourth and fifth holes with pars, then drained a 12-foot birdie putt to win the sixth and move 3-up.
'After making that good putt on six, I think that definitely helped me get going,' Bolger said.
Bolger went 4-up thanks to a conceded birdie at the eighth. Selvaratnam captured the ninth, but Bolger reclaimed the 4-up lead at the par-5 10th hole.
At the 11th, Bolger took the hole with a par, and the match was over two holes later as the pair both made bogeys.
'(Selvaratnam) is a great player, so you have to keep making good shots,' said Bolger.
For Selvaratnam there seems to be a progression from year-to-year. Although she made the semis in 2004 and the quarters the following year, this year's trip to the finals could be the final stepping stone. Next year's event will be staged at Desert Forest Golf Club in Carefree, Arizona, which is Selvaratnam's home course.
'I didn't have my hot putter like I did yesterday,' said Selvaratnam. 'It was miserable. It was raining and both Meghan and I had to deal with it and she played great. I told myself, 'Don't let it get to you,' and I did the best I could.'