Fitzpatrick Takes Women’s State Match Play Title
Mikayla Fitzpatrick raced to her first Women’s State Match Play title, defeating Madison Voisard 4&3 at Desert Mountain’s Outlaw Course.
“My plan today was really just go out there, play really good golf,” said Fitzpatrick, the 2019 Arizona Women’s Player of the Year. “I just wanted to make some good swings and see what I could put together.”
Fitzpatrick, a fifth-year student-athlete at Xavier University, defeated Belle Balkin 1-up to advance to the championship round.
Voisard, a Grand Canyon University junior and the No. 4 seed, landed herself a ticket in the championship match after besting Breyana Matthews on the 19th hole in the semifinals.
Fitzpatrick took the first lead against her fellow collegiate standout, winning the 3rd hole with a birdie. Voisard bounced back to for her only lead of the match after winning holes 6 and 8. On the ensuing 9th hole, Fitzpatrick responded with a par to tie the match, then reclaimed the lead on 10 and never looked back.
“Today I was swinging better than the previous few days so that gave me a lot of confidence throughout the round,” Fitzpatrick said.
She won holes 10 and 11 for a quick 2-up lead, then went dormie after a birdie on 14, meaning Voisard had to win the remaining holes for a chance at a playoff. With a birdie on 15, Fitzpatrick closed out the match for the 4&3 victory.
“I’m just really happy to win the match play,” the champion said. “I’ve always loved match play and I love these events so much, so I’m really happy to win this and I’m hoping I can come back for the stroke play in August.”
The match play title marks Fitzpatrick’s second major title, winning the Arizona Women’s Stroke Play Championship in 2019. With an extra year of eligibility granted to spring student athletes due to the coronavirus pandemic, she plans on returning to Xavier University this fall as a second-year graduate student.
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