If you ever have the chance to walk around the Kansas City Country Club in Mission Hills, Kan., you will see a stunning, nationally renowned golf course as well as a beautiful clubhouse buried in rich tradition. The newest piece of history hanging in KCCC pro shop is Sarah Schmelzel’s AJGA scorecard.
Schmelzel posted a 2-under-par 68 during the final round of the Lockton Kansas City Junior, setting a women’s course record. While setting a course record is a special feat in itself, this record is even more special because of the course-record holder on the men’s side. Tom Watson.
Schmelzel can now say she holds a course record with a man who has earned 39 PGA Tour victories, including five Open Championship wins.
“I would never put myself in the same category as Tom Watson,” she said. “I am so honored, it felt really good to think ‘I am getting up there and everything is paying off.’”
The score was the lowest of the final round and boosted Schmelzel up five spots, to second on the Girls Division leaderboard. So to recap her final day, the 2012 graduate earned fully exempt status on the AJGA tour, took home a Scotty Cameron putter cover and now shares a course record with Tom Watson. Schmelzel said she has been waiting for that kind of a round for a while.
“It gives me a huge boost of confidence because everything has kind of been there this summer but just not at the same time.,” she said. “On the final day, all of the components came together and obviously it paid off.”
Sometimes when things go well, they really go well.
-Written by Casey Johnson, AJGA Communications