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Examiner
  • Ex-Bronco Christopher nabs top-10 finish

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  • McCall Christopher has had better overall finishes at the Missouri Women’s Amateur Golf Championship, but the Lee’s Summit North High School and Indiana State graduate made the final round Thursday her best one at The Golf Club of Creekmoor in Raymore.
    Christopher shot a 1-over-par 73 to finish at 224 (8-over), good for a three-way tie for 10th place out of 44 players.
    “Today went well. It could’ve gone a couple strokes better, but the pins were tougher and winds were different,” said Christopher, who won an individual high school state title at North.
    “It was a steady day. I made some great shots but I missed a couple putts – that could’ve made it better.”
    After a birdie-bogey start Thursday, Christopher recorded nine straight pars, with a bogey, two birdies and a double-bogey among her final seven holes.
    Christopher said because she just graduated from college and did some non-golf activities soon after, she didn’t prepare as much for this year’s Amateur Championship as in years past. Still, she added, it was a fun event.
    “The women run it well,” she said, “and Creekmoor is a great golf course.”
    Jordan Rehkow, who recently graduated from Blue Springs South, shot an 81 to finish at in 27th place with 246 (30-over).
    “The tournament overall I was kind of disappointed because I had one bad day (85 on Wednesday),” Rehkow said. “But the back nine today I was happy with.”
    After shooting a 42 on the front nine Thursday, Rehkow had birdies on the par-4 11th and par-5 13th but went 4-over on the last three holes.
    “It’s a challenging course,” she said. “I had to play a lot of shots that I’m not used to playing. It’s more of a mental thing with this course. It’s definitely not the hardest, but the rough is crazy out there. You have to put it in the fairway or you’re in trouble, no matter what kind of player you are.”
    Fellow Blue Springs South grad Logan Thorp shot a second straight 81 to finish in 30th with 252. South senior Tara Thorp, who was in 43rd, withdrew for the final round.
    Ellen Port of St. Louis, captain of the 2014 U.S. Curtis Cup team, shot an even-par 72 to finish at 2-under 214 and win her record ninth Missouri Women’s Amateur title. Gianna Misenhelter of Overland Park, Kan., finished two strokes back in second place.
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