McDaid wins Women’s Met Open Championship for second straight year
GREENWICH — Becky McDaid didn’t feel as though she played her best golf during the final round of the Lincoln Women’s Met Open Championship Tuesday, but as champions do, she found a way to claim the winner’s trophy.
“It was some kind of extreme golf out there,” said McDaid, who represented Friar’s Head Golf Club. “It was either extremely good for me or extremely bad. It was an up-and-down round for me, so to walk away from this with the title, I’m very happy.”
There were indeed, plenty more positive moments than struggles for McDaid, who won the Met PGA Lincoln Women’s Met Open Championship for the second consecutive year by shooting a 1-over-par 145 over two rounds at Burning Tree Country Club.
Alexis Hios, a Rye, N.Y., resident playing out of Westchester Country Club, was the runner-up and earned low amateur honors, carding a 3-over-par 147 (76-71). Harin Lee (Bethpage State Park Golf Course) placed third at 5-over 149 (81-68), while Jessica Carafiello of Innis Arden Golf Club finished fourth with a 6-over 150 (75-75). Carafiello tied Alicia Dibos of Winged Foot Golf Club, who led heading into Tuesday’s second round after posting a 2-under 70 on Monday.
The victory gave McDaid her fourth Lincoln Met’s Women’s Championship title overall. She won the tournament in 2010, 2012 and 2016. Her round Tuesday included four birdies, eight pars and six bogeys. McDaid birdied the par-5 7th hole and the par-4 ninth hole on the front nine and the par-4 13th hole and par-4 16th hole on the back.
“There’s a book I told one of my students to read, it’s called “Winning Ugly,” said McDaid, who shot a 2-over 74 Tuesday, following a round of 1-under 71 on Monday. “It’s about even when you’re game is not at its best you can still find a way to win. I was thinking about that today when I wasn’t hitting it so well.”
For the tournament, McDaid registered eight birdies and parred 19 holes.
“My tee ball was great today, that was the back bone of my round,” said McDaid, who also won the Met PGA Stroke Play Championship at Innis Arden in June. “This is very much a thinker’s course. You can’t just rip it off the tee. You have to be mindful of where you’re putting it and set up the next shot.”
Loretta Giovannettone of Woodway Country Club finished in a three-way tie for sixth place with Sara Dickson (Quaker Ridge Golf Club) and Taylor Miano (Metropolis Country Club) at 8-over 152. Greenwich resident Catherine McEvoy (Innis Arden) and Michelle Dobek (Fairview Country Club) tied for ninth place in the 42-player event with a 10-over-par 154.
Hios, a rising senior at Towson University, where she stars on the women’s golf team, concluded her final round by rolling in a par putt from more than 20 feet on the 18th green.
“I was in a zone today, hitting some great iron shots and making great putts,” said Hios, who shot a 1-under 35 on the front nine. “My putting came together and my driver and my 3-wood were pretty helpful.”
Hios was especially consistent in the final round, parring 13 holes and recording three birdies.
“My dad was on my bag and he motivated me through the entire round,” Hios said. “The last time I played here (Burning Tree) was at a Met PGA event when I was 13 and it was the first time I broke 90. I remember how excited I was to shoot an 87.”
Carafiello, who captured the Women’s Met Open title in 2014, made three birdies on the back nine in the final round.
“I was really pleased I was able to make birdies today,” said Carafiello, a Stamford resident. “I just pleased to give myself an opportunity to make a run in the tournament. Yesterday (Monday), I knew I left some shots out there. I knew I had a good chance to make some birdies today.”
Giovannettone began the final round just one shot behind first-round leader Dibos, following a round of 71.
“It’s tough to go 71, 81 and not be disappointed,” Giovannettone said. “I just felt uncomfortable with my putter from the third hole, but I tried to turn it around on the back nine. A little bit of nerves got me early.”
McEvoy, who was a standout on the Greenwich High girls golf team, before taking her skills to Michigan State, birdied two holes on the front nine. She had the third lowest amateur score.
“I felt like I was in better control of my game today,” McEvoy said. “I didn’t have as many three putts, which definitely helped. Overall, I know what I need to work on moving forward. I think my short game is a little rusty, that’s something I’m usually pretty good at, but I need to continue to work on it.”