This is no ordinary week for Taylor Gohn. It’s loaded with five days of tournament golf.
Gohn, a Columbus North graduate and University of Missouri golfer, begins play in the Indiana Women’s Amateur today at Otter Creek. The three-day tournament precedes her pursuit of a second straight Columbus Women’s City Championship on Saturday and Sunday at Greenbelt and Otter Creek.
“I’ve been looking forward to this week all season,” said Gohn, who earned all-Big 12 Conference honors as a freshman in 2010-11.
Despite Gohn’s credentials, the Indiana Women’s Amateur presents a real challenge, with collegiate golfers dotting the field of 90.
Columbus native Tyler Duncan won the men’s tourney last year at Otter Creek. Gohn said she’s tried to block the pressure of becoming the repeat local champ out of her mind.
“I’m trying to think I’m not even at home,” Gohn said. “I’ve prepared for it. Try to perform well.”
Carrying an easy mind-set into today’s opening round, Gohn will tee off with two fellow college golfers, Butler University’s Michele Nash and University of Arkansas golfer Emily Podzielinski, who also hail from the Hoosier state.
Others teeing off early include University of Iowa golfer and Indiana Women’s Golf Association points leader Kristi Cardwell; University of Kansas’ Meghan Potee, who’s in second place in the IWGA points standings; and Eastern Kentucky’s Anna Gleixner, a Roncalli graduate who tied for fourth place in the 2011 state finals.
“For the most part, it really seems that the front-runners have to be the college players,” Otter Creek head pro Chad Cockerham said. “There’s obviously a lot of good college players from around the country that are from Indiana. They play a lot of tournament-style golf. Tournament golf and recreational golf are two totally separate things.”
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