There’s no place like home.
Just ask Lindsay Davis.
The junior to-be member of the Michigan women’s golf team used her home-course advantage to help propel her to a victory at the GAM Michigan Women’s Amateur tournament this week.
She defeated defending champion Mandi McConnel on Friday in the finals for the victory.
“I have come in second so many times,” Davis said. “To win on my home course and have the majority of members out watching and having so much support and to accomplish what I did – I am feeling that I am on top of the world right now.”
Davis got over the hump against McConnel, who plays collegiate golf for rival Michigan State. Though she already was motivated to win the title, being pitted against a rival didn’t hurt, either.
“The college rivalry came into it big time,” Davis said. “I almost wore all blue and gold today. But I figured the bag, the towel and head covers were enough. That’s a mental edge for sure.”
McConnel had also defeated Davis’s younger sister in the first round of the tournament.
“My sister is going to be a senior in high school and she has no experience, but just because (McConnel) beat my sister, I had a little bit of a chip on my shoulder,” Davis said.
Davis disposed of McConnel 4 & 2 in the final match. Earlier in the day, the Dexter native won her semifinal match against Christina Cibrario 5 & 4.
But the win in the finals was far from guaranteed as McConnel came in as the favorite. Along with being the defending champion, she was also the medalist in stroke play.
But Davis came back from a so-so performance in stroke play by playing refined golf on her home course of Barton Hills Country Club.
“My stroke play this week was average. I had a different attitude in the last four matches. I played with very high intensity. My first stroke play match I was just kind of slumpy, but then in match play I was really confident,” Davis said.