Struggles with putter plague Peavler, who loses in playoff

Sadie Peavler from Mesa State chips one onto the No. 10 hole at Redlands Mesa Golf Course

A difficult day ended in heartbreak for Sadie Peavler-Farnsworth.

One day after shooting a record-breaking 69, the Mesa State College senior shot a second-round 86 on Tuesday, then lost the Quality Inn Maverick Invitational title in a playoff at The Golf Club at Redlands Mesa.

“I was not expecting to shoot anywhere close to that (69),” a tearful Peavler said. “I was playing for the 70s. I putted OK, but I couldn’t get anything to fall. It’s golf. One day it’s good, the next day it’s bad. Hopefully, this will make me tougher.”

Grand Canyon’s Jacqueline Sneddon, who was eight strokes behind Peavler after the first round, had the low round Tuesday with a 78 to force the one-hole playoff. Sneddon and Peavler were tied with a 11-over-par 155.

“It was nerve-racking,” Sneddon said of her first collegiate win in her first playoff. “Coach (Marc Chandonnet) said this is what we train for, to be in situations like that. I played with Sadie (on Monday), so it was awesome to play with her again.”

The sophomore from Scotland reached the fairway with her drive and the green in two shots, then made par on the 18th hole in the playoff to win it.

Peavler’s drive was left of the fairway on the side of a hill. Her second shot went over the green and she ended with a double bogey on the hole.

“I wasn’t super nervous,” Peavler said. “My drive was where I aimed, I just missed the fairway. It was a tough lie on the side of a hill at an angle.

“I didn’t want to play that hole. The pin placement scared me. I three-putted it (during the round).”

Grand Canyon took three of the top four spots to win the team title with 648. Mesa State took second with a two-round team total of 651 and Regis was third with 696. The Mavericks shot 340 in the second round after a first-round score of 311. They’re average round score is 334.67.

Mesa State’s Jessica Berve tied for fourth with a 163. Jennifer Hilts had the second-best round of the day with a 79, knocking six strokes off her score to move up to sixth with a 164 and Afton Balling finished ninth with a 169. Mesa junior and Central High School graduate Brittani White placed 18th with a 185.

Sneddon and Hilts were the only two players to score under 80 in the windy, cool conditions.

“There was a little more pressure today,” Mesa State coach Scott Hansen said. “When your expectations rise, you start to press. With the wind kicking up, you had to hit a solid ball.

There were a lot of missed fairways and greens. One thing leads to another and you don’t get in rhythm and you struggle. It was a test of patience and an experience to build on.”

Despite the rough day, the Mavericks go to the RMAC Championships on Saturday and Sunday in Buckeye, Ariz., virtually assured of a NCAA Division II tournament berth. Mesa
State is ranked fifth in the Central Region with nine teams in the region receiving NCAA berths next week.

The NCAA Super Regional 3 tournament is May 4-6 in Sioux Falls, S.D.


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