A spirited comeback by Oklahoma Christian's Kate Goodwin fell agonizingly short on Wednesday afternoon in a semifinal match in the Women's Oklahoma Golf Association State Amateur Championship at MeadowBrook Country Club.
Down four holes with five to play, the second-seeded Goodwin rallied to take the match the distance before third-seeded Oklahoma junior Sydney Youngblood of Durant held on to prevail 1-up and advance to the title match for the second straight year.
Youngblood, the runner-up in the 2017 State Amateur at Oak Tree National in Edmond, looked to be cruising against Goodwin, rolling to a 4-up lead through 13 holes. But Goodwin, a rising senior from Tulsa, birdied the par-4 No. 14, then won the par-5 No. 15 with a par to slice Youngblood's lead in half.
The golfers halved No. 16 before Goodwin birdied the par-5 No. 17, giving herself a shot at extending the match to extra holes. But she could only match Youngblood's par on the par-4 No. 18, allowing the OU golfer to hang on for the win.
Goodwin had advanced to the final in dominating fashion. She finished second in the stroke-play qualifying round on Monday to earn herself a bye in the opening round of match play on Tuesday, then routed Adeline Norton of Ardmore 8 and 7 on Tuesday afternoon in the round of 16.
In a Wednesday morning quarterfinal match, she downed Middle Tennessee senior Kailey Collier of Broken Arrow 5 and 4. That made Goodwin the first OC player ever to advance to the WOGA State Amateur semifinals.
Youngblood also won easily in the quarterfinals, beating former OU standout Jennifer Tannehill of Tulsa 6 and 5.
Goodwin has enjoyed considerable success since the beginning of May. She finished her junior season at OC by using a final-day rally to win the NCAA Division II West Super Regional at Hillcrest Golf Club in Durango, Colo. That win qualified her to play in the Division II Championship at Bay Oaks Country Club in Houston and earned her All-South Central Region first-team honors.
This summer, she's won two tournaments – the Dallas Collegiate Championship, an event on the Texas Collegiate Amateur Tour at The Golf Club of Dallas, and an event on the South Central PGA Players Tour at Stillwater County Club in Oklahoma.
She also tied for 21st in the prestigious Women's Trans National Golf Association Amateur Championship at Peach Tree Golf and Country Club in Maryville, Calif., earlier this month.