Penn High School alum and soon-to-be Notre Dame freshman Kari Bellville is in the final 16 at the Women's Western Golf Association's 88th National Junior Championship after a wild victory in match play Wednesday at Knollwood Country Club in Granger.
Bellville battled 15-year-old Kory Nielsen of Kent, Ohio to 24 holes before finally taking the win.
After 9 holes, Bellville was 3 up, Nielsen battled back and by the time they reached the 18th green the match was all square. They both made pars on #1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. On the 6th extra hole, a 359 yard par 4, Bellville made a 10 foot downhill slider birdie putt to win the match. Bellville, the 2014 Indiana State Women’s Champion is headed for the University of Notre Dame this fall. Nielsen was the 2011 Northern Ohio PGA Junior Ping Player of the Year – Girl’s 12-year-old division.
Second round matches will be played on Thursday with the Championship Flight going off first; winners of the Championship Flight morning matches will advance to the quarterfinals to be held in the afternoon. Semifinal and finals in all flights will be played on Friday.
Bellville will tee off at 7:38am Thursday at Knollwood in the Round of 16 against Shawn Rennegarbe of Addieville, Illinois. A victory sends Bellville to the match play quarterfinals Thursday afternoon.
The semifinal and finals will be Friday.