Arnold, Kimbrel pair up to win state title
By KENT MINCER
The way Stacey Arnold and D’ann Kimbrel viewed it, what worked well for them on Saturday should have worked as equally well on Sunday.
Their strategy was correct.
The two golfers from Broken Tee Golf Course in Englewood maintained their first-day lead in the 36-hole Colorado Women’s Golf Association Brassie Championship to win the state title in the two-player better-ball tournament.
“We pretty much hit the same shots (Sunday) as we did (Saturday),” Kimbrel said.
Having not played The Golf Club at Redlands Mesa until Saturday’s opening round, the two shot a 5-under-par 67 to take a three-stroke lead on the first day.
They were paired Sunday with the twosome closest to them, Liz Kennedy and Melissa Martin of Bookcliff Country Club.
“I think we were just trying to make pars,” Arnold said of their plan of attack on Sunday.
As it turned out, it was a good plan.
“The birdies didn’t seem to come as easy (on Sunday) as they did (on Saturday),” Arnold said.
The Arnold/Kimbrel team kept pace with Kennedy and Martin throughout the round, each pair giving up strokes at certain points but making them back up.
Both duos shot a 68 on Sunday.
As it turned out, Arnold and Kimbrel had another twosome nipping at their heels.
Starting the day five shots back, Janet Moore and Christie Austin of Cherry Hills Country Club made up ground quickly. They shot the best round of the tournament with a 65 on Sunday, which included Moore’s best career round of 66.
Paired with Kennedy and Martin on Saturday, Moore said she took a lot from her round, in which she and Austin combined for a 72.
“I learned from watching Melissa Martin,” Moore said of seeing how the local played the course.
Moore and Austin have teamed up to win eight state titles in 15 years. Moore partnered with her daughter Sara to win the state women’s match-play tournament earlier this summer.
All four players had nothing but praise for the Redlands Mesa course.
“Visually it looks more challenging than it is,” said Austin, who travels the world while serving as a member of the United State Golf Association board of directors.
Kimbrel enjoys playing on Jim Engh-designed courses, of which Redlands Mesa is one.
“If you hit them where he wants you to, you’re OK,” Kimbrel said.
“Whenever we come for championships somewhere that it means something, that’s big,” Austin said.
As for the tees and greens, “They were tough but fair,” said Moore, who prefers such setups for state championships.
Sunday’s victory wasn’t the first state title for Arnold and Kimbrel. They teamed up to win a pair of tournaments last year.