Local golfer Kamryn Shannon hits a drive during the Jackson County Womens Golf Association championship match play Thursday at Sharp Park Golf Course. Photo by Jeff Steers, JTV Sports.

By Jeff Steers
JTV Sports

(July 14, 2022 5:18 p.m.) Ferris State University golfer Kamryn Shannon was a little more conservative on the golf course Thursday in the final flight of the Jackson County Womens Golf Association Championship.

The results were the same.

A day after shooting a 7-under 64, par was the star as Shannon beat Ashley Hilderley 4&3 in the championship final.

The victory was the first non-high school local event won by Shannon.

“Today I learned that I can’t play it safe,” Shannon said. “I have to be more aggressive.”

Shannon was down at the start of the match, but kept an eye on her opponent and her practices.

“Ashley had the lead for a lot of the (first) holes,” Shannon said. “I watched what she did off the tee and took more hits.”

Shannon bounced back to take a 1 lead after nine holes in the 18-hole finale at Sharp Park Golf Course.

Shannon won holes 10 and 12 with par, and Hilderley won 11 with par.

They halved 13 with 3 and Shannon won 14 with a birdie conceded. Shannon threw a drive on the par-5 14th hole and hit the green in two with a drive and a 7-iron.

Both players hit drives on the 15th hole and were hitting short irons for their second shots. Hilderley overshot the green and Shannon was just short. Shannon parried the hole to close out the match.

In other flights, Deb Falk beat Kathy Swihart 2 and 1 in the first flight final; Sue Daniels won 6 and 5 over Sandy Straka to win the second steal; and Beth Elliott picked up a win in the third flight with a 3-1 win over Susie Goldsmith.