Eighteen holes was not enough for Becky Sharpe as she overcame a rain delay and great play from Meridith Hawkins to win the 70th Marion Miley Golf Tournament in a two-hole playoff.
Sharpe, a senior-to-be at Eastern Kentucky University, knocked in the winning putt on No. 18 seconds before the siren sounded alerting golfers of approaching weather.
"We went in after 12 holes," Sharpe said. "The weather was really, really awful. We came back out and I made two birdies in a row. So that was a good start to the back nine. I'm just glad we got it in and on time."
The win continues a magical summer for Sharpe. She won the Kentucky State Amateur two weeks ago and looked dominant again Friday at the Lexington Country Club.
"It feels really great," Sharpe said. "I've had a really great summer so far and I'm excited to continue with my tournaments."
Sharpe's winning putt came on the second hole of the playoff. She had missed a putt on that same hole that would have won the tournament in regulation.
After starting the back nine strong, she struggled with her putting on the final three holes.
"I didn't make as many putts as I wanted to on those last couple holes," Sharpe said. "I made the last one, so that's what counts."
For Hawkins, a senior at Carson Newman College, the playoff wasn't unfamiliar territory, but still nerve-wracking.
"I've done it before, so I stuck to my game," she said.
Both players entered the playoff tied at 4-over par.
Sharpe's long drive onto the fairway ended up being the deciding factor on No. 18.
"A lot of girls would probably go for that in two," Hawkins said of the final hole. "I've played in a lot of playoffs and normally I would lay up to a yardage I think I'm good at. I accidently pulled it off of that lie and just didn't make the putt."
Sharpe took advantage of her drive and knocked in the easy birdie to seal the tournament.
"It was a lot of fun," Sharpe said. "Meridith played really great today and she was a lot of fun to play with."
The win marks the first for Sharpe at the Marion Miley.
It's very prestigious," she said. "It's a great honor to win this tournament and have my name on the same trophy as Marion Miley and many others."