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BALLSTON SPA — Several times during the annual NEWGA Championship’s extremely hot and humid final round, Susan Kahler of the host club referred to some of her unusual sloppy play as a circus act. But it turned out that the 63-year-old Niskayuna resident was the ringmaster.

Kahler rebounded from both a quadruple bogey and a triple bogey with four birdies on the back side to surge past Mary Scatena of Pinehaven CC and capture her third title Wednesday at Ballston Spa Country Club. Kahler, who began the day in second place, one shot behind Rachel Barlette of Shaker Ridge CC, closed with an 80 for two-day total of 11-over-par 159. Scatena finished with a 78 on Wednesday and posted a 13-over-par 161.

The Rome native and St. Lawrence University graduate was solid on the front nine with a birdie and three bogeys to make the turn at 2-over-par. But then disaster struck on the 10th hole.

“Kathy [Harkins] and I each hit the wrong ball on the 10th hole,” Kahler explained. “Then I missed my next shot after I corrected my score. It bothered me a lot. Kathy normally outdrives me. We both had our balls marked, but both of the balls didn’t have our marks visible.”

After both players hit each other’s ball, they realized their mistake. Kahler was devastated.

“I can’t say I’ve ever done that before in a tournament,” she said. “It’s a very tough penalty [two strokes], and my next shot I totally duffed it.”

Kahler bounced back with a birdie on the 11th hole, but she triple bogeyed the 12th hole when she failed to get up and down and then attempted a quick tap-in that hit the flagstick.

“That was the worst mental mistake I ever made,” she said.

Kahler then birdied the 14th, 15th and 17th holes before posting a solid two-putt par on the 18th hole to lock up the win she didn’t realize she had.

“I didn’t know it was close. When I made those birdies on the 16th and 17th holes, I thought to myself you never know, but I didn’t know that I had won. I had no idea. When you have a quad and a triple, you figure let’s just play. I knew that Mary was playing well, but I didn’t want to know where I stood,” Kahler said.

Besides her other two NEWGA titles (2007 and 2019), Kahler is a former NYS Senior Women’s Amateur champion, a two-time Gazette Women’s Amateur titlist and a 22-time club champ at Ballston Spa CC.

“You still get nervous, no matter how many times you’ve won,” she said. “I had four birdies on the back, so I can’t complain. I’ve been a member here for 31 years, and I’m the current club president. I’ve been on the board several times. I’m thrilled because it’s my home course, and you want to do well here.”

With Kahler’s struggles on the back nine, Scatena, who started the day six shots behind first-round leader Rachel Barlette, was in the lead for a while, but she bogeyed the 17th hole while Kahler was finishing with two birdies in the final three holes.

“These ladies have taught me to never give up,” said the former Schenectady Women’s Classic champ who was also the NEWGA Championship runner-up a year ago. “I swung a little more freely today. I never pay attention to how I’m doing, but they told me I was in the hunt. It was a better day than [Tuesday], and I can’t complain. Susan is a class act. They are all my friends here. I’m always a bridesmaid and never the bride.”

RESULTS

(Par 74-148)

First Flight — Susan Kahler (Ballston Spa CC) 80-159, Mary Scatena (Pinehaven CC) 78-161, Rachel Barlette (Shaker Ridge CC) 89-166, Anne Van Buren (Pinehaven CC) 85-169, Heidi Harkins (Ballston Spa CC) 85-169, Kathy Harkins (Ballston Spa CC) 96-174, Linda Kolnick (Canajoharie G&CC) 84-178, Mary Ellen Burt (Mohawk GC) 92-178, Jen DiIorio (Burden Lake CC) 93-179, Nan Lanahan (Pinehaven CC) 92-179.

Second Flight — Heather Morrison (Burden Lake CC) 89-182, Laurie McBain (Pinehaven CC) 92-182, Debra DiMaggio (Ballston Spa CC) 95-184, Peg Squazzo (Burden Lake CC) 94-187, Anne Oakley (Widham CC) 91-188, Joyce Bassett (Ballston Spa CC) 94-192, Kathy Canestrini (Western Turnpike GC) 96-193, Pam Hatfield (CC of Troy) 101-196, Jamie Hall (Pinehaven CC) 106-196, Cindy Walkanowski (Ballston Spa CC) 103-200.

Third Flight — Sandy Morley (Burden Lake CC) 92-198, Donna Heskett (Burden Lake CC) 100-202, Jane King (Catskill GC) 102-202, Celene McManus (Colonie G&CC) 106-207, Noreen Leonard (Western Turnpike GC) 107-208, Christine Brown (Burden Lake CC) 105-211, Sandra Weckter (Pinehaven CC) 106-211, Carol Preusser (Copake CC) 114-221, Lynn Momrow-Zielinski (CC of Troy) 105-WD.

Fourth Flight — Mary Assey (Ballston Spa CC) 105-206, Debra Gordon (Colonie G&CC) 115-221, Diane Busa (Copake CC) 115-222, Laurie Furlong (Burden Lake CC) 115-224, Liz Santabarbara (Western Turnpike) 113-226, Kelly Gordon (Van Schaick Island CC) 117-230, Bonnie St. Denis (Pinehaven CC) 117-232, Selena Balick (Shaker Ridge CC) 114-237, Myra Johnson (Burden Lake CC) 121-241, Connie Rissberger (Wolferts Roost CC) DNF.

Reach Bob Weiner at [email protected].

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