PARKERSBURG -Golf, says Marshall University junior Samantha DiDomenico, is a constant learning experience.
On Friday at the Parkersburg Country Club, the Brooke High School graduate showed she had been a good student of the game, shooting a final-round 4-under par 70 to win the 88th annual West Virginia Womens Amateur title by one stroke over runner-up Brooke Bellomy of Ona, a freshman at Campbell University.
DiDomenico had been in contention at several previous tournaments, but was unable to keep her nerves and her game under control in the final round. This time, the Follansbee native stayed steady and played that way. After making an eagle on hole No. 6 and moving to the top of the leaderboard, she decided not to press her luck and that pars were a good score. DiDomenico, who had birdied hole No. 3, also birdied the par 5 No. 13 hole. The other 15 holes, she took her par.
Photo by?Dave Poe
Samantha DiDomenico poses with the championship trophy after winning the W.Va. Women’s Amateur title on Friday at the Parkersburg Country Club.
That strategy resulted in DiDomenico scoring the biggest win of her career.
"It feels great,'' she said following the intense final round. " I can't describe it. I've worked hard to get here.''
It was a great three-day run for DiDomenico, who had rounds of 70, 72, and 70 over the par 74 course.
88th West Virginia Women's Amateur
At Parkersburg Country Club (Par 74)
Samantha DiDomenico, Follansbee 70-72-70-212
Brooke Bellomy, Ona 71-70-72-213
Kimberly Eaton, Shepherdstown 75-69-71-215
Nicolle Flood-Sawczyszyn, Morgantown 74-72-72-218
Caroline Ramsey, Bridgeport 76-76-77-229
Sue Goldcamp, Parkersburg 79-80-71-230
Natalie Cooke, Vienna 76-75-80-231
Bobbie Karr, Pomeroy, Ohio76-80-78-234
Patti Maroney, Glen Dale 78-79-77-234
Haygen Mowder, St. Clairsville , Ohio74-79-82-235
Karen Kinnett, Shepherdstown 81-77-81-239
Karen Engel, Hurricane78-81-81-240
Shelley Hyde, Fairmont 76-83-82-241
Daneen Shears, Elizabeth 81-79-83-243
Adeena Shears, Elizabeth 84-84-77-245
Amy Colgrove, Parkersburg 82-80-83-245
Sue Rice, Daniels 85-80-82-247
Barbara Astorg, Vienna 89-79-85-253
Candy Rollyson, Barboursville 83-87-84-254
Susan Zappin, Huntington 87-84-84-255
Deborah Reif, Bridgeport 91-86-83-260
Claytina Shepherd, Beckley 88-87-85-260
Linda Sims, Hurricane 87-87-90-264
Deb McClintock, Hedgesville 85-90-91-266
Jo Ellen Louden, Vienna 92-87-92-271
Kristen Bozarth, Mount Hope 97-90-85-272
Lori Stahara, Morgantown 95-92-85-272
Esther Joo, Summersville 97-85-92-274
Starrleen Wooddell, Greenbank 93-90-91-274
Lisa Younis, Shepherdstown 97-90-89-276
Misako Novak, Parkersburg 86-96-95-277
Debbie Wright, Belpre, Ohio 93-92-94-279
Rose Wayland, Hedgesville 94-96-91-281
Cami Roberts, Sutton 92-94-96-282
Kathy Chesley, Charleston 94-97-91-282
Linda Shaffer, Martinsburg 96-96-93-285
Linda Fox, Calvin 94-99-95-288
BJ Hathaway, Vienna 98-94-99-291
Laurie Quinn, Middeleburg, Va.96-100-95-291
Susan Rogers, Vienna 92-107-93-292
Sherie Burns, Wheeling 99-99-95-293
Jane Kincheloe, Parkersburg 101-98-95-294
Judy Slack, Belpre, Ohio 105-94-95-294
Kay Bowling, Parkersburg 99-102-93-294
Julie Matheny, Vienna 101-99-96-296
Carol Liddle, Washington 100-101-97-298
Sally Klein, Vienna 95-102-103-300
Lois Kinneer, Hurricane 100-99-103-302
Terri Mount, Ona 101-106-98-305
Cindy Davis, Bridgeport 105-102-102-309
Diana Watkins, Elizabeth 98-109-103-310
Marge Dorsey, Davis 112-104-103-319
Mickey Lewis, Vienna 109-117-104-330
Sally Lane, Parkersburg 115-113-117-345
"The weather couldn't have been any better,'' she said. "The course was good. "They had some rain earlier in the week and the fairways were soft. I like soft. The greens were good.''
The play was great. DiDomenico, Bellomy and Kimberly Eaton of Shepherdstown - a four-time all-American at Wellesley College -waged an epic three-day battle from hole 1 to hole 54. Eaton shot a final round 71 to finish at 215, seven strokes under par and three behind the new champion as three-time winner Nicole Flood Sawczszyn of Morgantown settled for fourth place at 218.
"I stayed patient today,'' DiDomenico said. "I kept hitting the fairways and the greens. I didn't have any bogeys.''
But she did have two birdies to go along with that eagle and that was good enough.
"It hasn't sunk in yet,'' said DiDomenico as she received congratulations from her fellow competitors.
The top Mid-Ohio Valley finisher was Sue Goldcamp of Parkersburg, who shot a three-under 71 on Friday to go with her earlier rounds of 79 and 80. Goldcamp's eight-over par 230 was one stroke better than that of Natalie Cooke of Vienna.
The tournament drew 55 participants.