After setting the pace for the field during Monday’s qualifying round, Kramer kept her forward momentum going with a 9&8 win over former Invitational champion Maureen Whitehead. Kramer birdied five of her first 10 holes to separate herself and take an early stroll to the clubhouse.
“Today went well,” she said after her round. “I was hitting fairways and greens the whole time. I started off almost birding on (hole) two and then they started falling for me after that. I birdied on five, six, seven, eight and 10. I was just feeling it today, and I felt relaxed out there.
“Maureen was really fun to play with, too. That really helped and made it easy for me to just focus on the hole and not stress about anything. I was relaxed yesterday, too. I’m friends with Sarah (White), so I had a lot of fun playing with her yesterday. I just didn’t make a lot of putts yesterday, and today, they were falling for me.”
The switch from stroke play to match play helped Kramer concentrate on limiting mistakes and staying out of troublesome situations.
“The mindset for match play is a lot different than stroke play,” she added. “Yesterday, I wanted to score well, but today, I just wanted to keep the ball in play, put some wedges close and make some putts.”
After a full season of college golf under her belt, Kramer feels like she’s turned a corner in her progression as a golfer.
“It was a really good experience,” she said of her freshman season at the University of Indianapolis. “I love my coach and my team, and Indy is a really neat area. I know what I need to work on after my first year of collegiate golf, and I think I’ve already improved on my wedges this summer. My confidence is improving, too. I lost some of that last year, but this summer has really helped me get going again. I feel a lot better about my game right now and I feel like my old self again.”
If Kramer is able to channel her “old self”, which included medalist honors at the Division 3 state championship meet as a junior and runner-up finishes as a sophomore and senior at Spring Lake, the rest of the championship flight might be in trouble.
Kramer advances to play Megan Skoog in the semifinals, after Skoog edged Kathy Eisenga two-up in their match.
Skoog, a three-time All-State golfer at Forest Hills Eastern, is now a golfer at Butler University. After shooting an 81 during the qualifying round, the college freshman still feels like she hasn’t golfed to her full potential yet.
“I don’t think I golfed as well today as I did yesterday,” she admitted. “I think I was three down after five holes, but I came back on the back nine and really got it going again. I still don’t think I’ve done very well on those first three holes, so I’ll have to turn that around tomorrow.
“I was more aggressive today and that really helped me on the back nine. I got an eagle on No. 17, and I was really excited to see that shot go down. I was just visualizing each shot before I took it during that back nine and that helped me a lot.”
Skoog’s goal for her semifinal match with top-seeded Kramer is to keep the positive vibes flowing.
“I know I need to stay as positive as possible tomorrow and stay out of my own head,” she continued. “I think one of my strengths as a golfer is that I don’t beat myself up after a bad hole, I just move on to the next hole.”
In the other semifinal match, Sarah White, a former standout at East Kentwood High School and current golfer at Texas State University, will take on Barb Schmid, a multi-time winner of Senior Women's Amateur Championship tournaments. White dispatched Donna Tepper (5&3), while Schmid took a two-up victory over Susie Keane to set up Wednesday’s pairing.
TUESDAY’S FULL RESULTS
1. Anna Kramer over 8. Maureen Whitehead, 9&8
5. Megan Skoog over 4. Kathy Eisenga, 2UP
2. Sarah White over 7. Donna Tepper, 5&3
6. Barb Schmid over 3. Susie Keane, 2UP
1. Joan Garety over 8. Shelly Weiss, 3&2
4. Nancy Snyder over 5. Natalie Samdal, 3&2
2. Madelyn Nelson over 7. Sue Campbell, 2UP
3. Kayla Krueger over 6. Jaymie Hiemonen, 5&3
1. Tyler Pam over 8. Diane Kurtz, 2&1
5. Hannah Klein over 4. Deb Rodgers, 4&2
7. Caiya Dewitt over 2. Chris Zeigler, 2&1
6. Cindy Obermeyer over 3. Michelle Yasenak, 4&2
1. Suzanne France over 8. Terry Deisler, 3&2
5. Elias Carol over 4. Jan Bowerman, 5&3
7. Margeret Nault over 2. Constance Malburg, 1UP
3. Karen Vanderweide over 6. Helga Toreillo, 1UP
8. Corrine Johnson over 1. Daryl Larsen, 1UP
4. Kim Noe over No. 5 Kristi Cullen, 2&1
2. Judy Lazzaro over 7. Linda Pollock, 2&1
3. Olivia Bayagich over 6. Diane Kino, 5&3
1. Kim Smith, bye
5. Suzanne Reinhold over 4. Bobbi Ferreira, 3&2
2. Doree Hall over 7. Theresa Lahring, 6&4
3. Heide Lemmen over 6. Jeanette Kamps, 1UP
1. Carolyn Byl over 8. Kathleen Houser, 4&3
5. Gail Miller over 4. Liana Holton, 2UP
2. Pento Lenny over 7. Karen Condino, 2&1
3. Suzanne Madej over 6. Pat Nowling, 4&2
1. Sue Bowman over 8. Patricia Demaire, 3&2
5. Linda Root over 4. Cathy Macfarlane, 2&1
2. Nancy Hopkins over 7. Karen Sherwood, 4&2
3. Joe Defranco over 6. Judy Johnson, 4&3
1. Jayne Schnoor vs. 8. Judy Dehaven, 1UP
5. Linda Dane over 4. Ann Bubsy, 1UP
2. Kate Clark over 7. Janet Genow, 3&1
3. Joan Cleland over 6. Ruth Mason, 3&1