Garety Wins Women’s Senior

Golf Association of Michigan NEWS
Wednesday, September 01, 2010


Sara Wold, Sara Wold trophy, and Joan Garety.

THOMPSONVILLE – Joan Garety (Ada)  went out on the links at Crystal Mountain’s Mountain Ridge course and did what she has been doing for years: she made a lot of putts and ended up holding a championship trophy. Garety shot 80-77-159 to win the 14th GAM Women’s Senior Tuesday afternoon.

“I putted well,” said Garety. “I didn’t strike the ball as well as I would have liked or hit as many greens as I would have liked, but at the end of the day I ended up with the low score. When you write your score on the card you don’t have to describe your shots so it may not always be pretty.”

Garety said her bogey on the par 3 17th hole was indicative of how the tournament was for her. She hit her tee shot into the rough, took two strokes to get out of the very-tall grass, then sunk a tricky 7-foot putt.

“That putt kept me in a three-shot lead going into the last hole,” said Garety. “It turned out to be really important.”

Garety chalked up her success on the greens to her familiarity with them. She has played Crystal Mountain many times, particularly at the Michigan Women’s Open over the past few years. She knows the subtleties of the Mountain Ridge greens and felt that gave her a little edge.

“There are some greens here that appear to break in odd ways until you’ve played it a few times,” said Garety. “It was helpful to know flat out how the greens were going to react. I could look at something with the knowledge of what it was going to do. Some of the stuff is pretty subtle and you can miss your putt if you don’t know the greens here.”