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Better late than never for Farrell

Katie Farrell made a last-minute decision to join the Greater Princeton City Golf Open over the weekend when she canceled a scheduled lasik surgery ... she was glad she did. However, she had her doubts Saturday at Wyaton Hills when she wasn’t exactly seeing things straight.

The reigning champion of the Illinois Valley Women’s Golf Open trailed Wyaton’s own Ann Lusher by six strokes at the turn. Farrell was turned topsy-turvy navigating the unfamiliar course, bottoming out with an 8 on the Par 3, No. 3 hole.

“It’s been long time since I played at Wyaton. I really struggled through the first nine. That Par 3 got me good,” she said. “Once I got through the first nine and got to look at the course, I dropped 10 strokes. That helped. Of course, Sunday playing at Hunter’s Ridge, I kind of know every turn and twist.”

She cooked on her home course, firing a 77 over the final 18 holes to run off to the title by 16 strokes over Lusher.

Danny Nelson ran away with the men’s title, shooting a 71 Saturday at Wyaton Hills and coming back with a 7-under 68 at his home course at Hunter’s Ridge for a 139 total. Kurt Towne finished second at 155 (76-78).

Nelson said he didn’t have a lot of expectations, since he hasn’t played a lot of golf this summer.

“It always seems like early spring when you break out your clubs for the first time and hit the balls pretty good. Then you keep playing and playing and get worse, one of those things,” he said. “I didn’t have much expectations. You just play your game and things happen.”

Nelson, 25, was glad to see the tournament resurrected after 21 years and wants to keep it going.

“I think it’s a good thing. I’d definitely like to have it next year,” he said. “I was talking to guys like Bill Grotti who said it was a big deal back in the day, and I’d like to get it back to the way it used to be.”

Farrell, like Nelson, a past BCR Golfer of the Year, also said she enjoyed playing with the ladies, and said if the price was right; she’d do it again.

Scott Lilley (163) won A Flight with Bob Hartwig (168) taking second. Scott Underwood (182) arrested the field in B Flight while John Baldridge (162) claimed the Senior Flight.

Chip shot: Max Halberg Jr. of Wyaton Hills said next year’s tournament is tentatively set for Aug. 3-4.

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