Back-to-Back: Miezwa Repeats Arizona Women’s Mid-Amateur Title
By: Kade Peterson
USGA P.J Boatwright, Jr. Communications Intern
Mari Miezwa successfully defended her Arizona Women’s Mid-Amateur title Sunday, shooting scores of 74-72-73 to finish at +9 overall at the Talking Stick – O’Odham Course. Miezwa finished five strokes ahead of Breinnan Kribel.
“I have never been a defending champion before, so that is really cool,” said Miezwa. “It is something I have wanted to do but not put too much pressure on myself. I think they are both great, to have the win last year and this year. So, we will see if we can keep going.”
Going into Sunday’s final round, Miezwa had a six-stroke lead, but did not change her strategy.
“I was trying to focus on the same things I had been doing the first two rounds, just worry about me and not the others,” said the 2020 Champion, also at Talking Stick’s O’Odham Course.
Miezwa’s consistency throughout the weekend separated her from the rest of the leaderboard, highlighted by a standout short game.
“I putted really well the first couple days, got up and down to save pars that kept me in it,” said Miezwa.
She was able to capitalize on Saturday’s round, posting a 72 on a day that saw low scores become a rarity. The cushion over Sunday playing partners Tui Selvaratnam and Kribel allowed Miezwa to coast to the win.
“It was awesome – it was a great group,” said Miezwa of her final round pairing, including 2015 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball partner Selvaratnam. “Tui, Bri and I have played together a couple times. It was a very comfortable pairing.”
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