Games, Anderson reach State Am finals

Beverly Games has the home-course advantage, and Laura Anderson has the experience of winning a Women's Kentucky Open.

On Friday, they will face each other for the Women's State Amateur title.

Games and Anderson each survived two matches Thursday at Elizabethtown Country Club to reach the finals in the 82nd State Amateur.

Both players have been prominent among state amateurs, but neither has won this tournament.

Games, a former Eastern Kentucky University star who lives in Elizabethtown, defeated defending champion Jessica Grace 7 and 6 in the morning quarterfinals before edging five-time champion Joan Rizer of Bardstown on the 19th hole.

Rizer had advanced by edging Lydia Gumm 1 up. Gumm, a quarterfinalist last year, will be an eighth-grader this fall.

Anderson, who will be a junior at the University of Louisville, defeated 2004 champion Lauren Scholl 2-up in the quarters and was a 1-up winner over Ashlee Rose in the semis.

Rose defeated 2006 champion Krista Burton 5 and 4 in the quarterfinals. Rose had not gone beyond the 14th hole in easy victories in her first three matches.

Games was on her game against Grace, especially her putting and short game.

“Beverly made every putt she looked at,” said Judy Lyle, executive secretary of the Women's Kentucky State Golf Association.

The course was different for the afternoon semifinals. The wind picked up, and the dry greens wouldn't hold shots.

Games and Rizer struggled to stay on the greens and had difficulty with their putting.

The pair were tied going into 18, and they halved the hole. On the first playoff hole (No. 1), Games made her putt and Rizer missed hers.

Anderson had to rally late in her match with Scholl, who plays for Western Kentucky. Scholl had a two-hole lead, but Anderson came back to win in the quarters.

Rose, a star at West Jessamine High School who has signed with Kentucky, made a long putt at No. 17 and went to the final hole tied with Anderson.

Anderson won the hole and a place in the final round.

Anderson, who is from Tompkinsville, won a three-way playoff to win the 2006 Open at Kearney Hill Links.