|CLUTCH PUT QUALIFIES OTTE FOR DISTRICT...
Covington senior Renee Otte came through in crunch time to drop a three-foot put and qualify for the district golf tournament.
SEPTEMBER 24, 2008 - WEBSTER
By Rob Kiser - Sports Editor, Piqua Daily Call
Pressure is nothing new for Covington senior Renee Otte.
She is a two-time state qualifier in the long jump in track and was the leading scorer for the Covington girls basketball team last year.
So, when she found herself staring at a 3-foot putt Wednesday at Stillwater Valley Golf Course to earn a berth in the Division II district tournament next week at Heatherwood Golf course, she didn't bat an eye.
Otte, who was in a playoff with Kiaya Nelson of Mechanicsburg and Devon Meyer of Arcanum, had a three-foot putt for bogey on the par-4 first hole, after Meyer had bogeyed and Nelson had rolled in a 10-foot putt for double bogey to put the pressure on Otte.
"I wasn't that nervous," Otte said. "I didn't really think about it."
Covington coach Ron Schultz was not surprised.
"Renee (Otte) is a competitor and she has been in a lot of pressure situations," Schultz said. "Both in track and basketball, she has faced a lot of pressure, so that was nothing new for her."
She found the center of hole. Otte and Meyer continued on the second hole to decide the third and fourth spots and Otte had a triple-bogey seven to edge Meyer by one shot and end a long day.
Otte had an early tee off and had been done for more than an hour, when the playoff began.
"I guess it (winning a playoff to get to district) means a little more," Otte said. "It (getting to district) was definitely one of my goals. I would like to break 90 at district."
Otte's season has been on the rise over the last several weeks.
"My goal was to get CCC Player of the Year," Otte said. "I had some high scores in the middle of the season, so I wasn't sure I was going to get it, but I did (last week). I have been working with someone the last week, so I felt pretty good coming in today."
It is the fifth straight year Covington has had an individual or team at the district tournament, although this is the first year there have two divisions.
"I thought she could (make it to district)," Schultz said. "But, you just never know what is going to happen."
The course was lenthened for the sectional tournament.
"That made it tough," Otte said. "It got in your head a little bit at times."
But, after a 52 on the shorter front nine, Otte responded with a 46 on the longer back nine, which was good enough to get in the playoff.
On the first playoff hole, Otte had the long drive off the tee and the other two players both missed the green with their second shots. Otte's approach went off the back of the green.
"I wanted to hit the green, but I was still in the best shape," Otte said.
Then her chip ran 30-feet past the hole and she lagged a putt to 3-feet.
Which was the perfect distance to secure a spot in the field at Heatherwoode Golf Course next Wednesday.
RENEE OTTE 98, SARAH WESTFALL 109, CHLOE SHELL 114, NICOLE HENSON 123, MYRANDA KELLY 132
LADY BUCCS COMPETE IN TRI-MEET...
The Lady Buccs golf team dropped a tri match to Troy and Miamisburg at Miamim Shores in Troy.
The scores were:
Miamisburg - 179
Troy - 187
Covington - 213
Sarah Westfall - 48
Renee Otte - 50
Chloe Shell - 55
Myranda Kelly - 60
Shelbie Pleiman - 68
Nicole Henson - 66