(By Rob Mccurdy, Marion Star) (https://www.marionstar.com/story/sports/local/2018/07/11/leila-raines-fires-final-round-68-win-ojgc-playoff/769417002/)
MARION, OH – When Leila Raines went to bed Monday night, there were no thoughts about winning a championship.
“I was just trying to shoot my best score and see what happens. That’s what I did,” the Olentangy Berlin junior-to-be said.
Playing for the fourth time in the venerable Ohio Junior Girls Championship at Marion Country Club, Raines started the tournament with a Monday round of 78. It was six strokes over par and eight shots behind leading Emily Hummer of Upper Arlington.
“I knew I would need a little help from Emily,” Raines said. “I knew she’d have to give a few back in order for me to be able to be close and she did.
Hummer didn’t play poorly despite holding a four-stroke lead after a 2-under-par 70 on Monday.
“I definitely wanted to play well (Tuesday) and be more conservative because I had a four-shot lead, but I wasn’t expecting someone to come and shoot 68.” Hummer said.
Hummer shot a 4-over-par 76 in the last round, while Raines came charging up the leaderboard, finishing with a 4-under 68.
“I got to minus-6 during the round and gave a few back, but I’m still very happy with the minus-4 finish,” Raines said, as she recorded five birdies, plus an eagle on par five 11th hole.
She was trying to make opportunities for herself and it worked.
“Today hitting it on the green, I was just trying to give myself a chance and to give myself a putt at birdie and if not a two-putt par,” she said. “That was my mindset and I just forced it a little yesterday. I tried to play it one shot at a time.”
The two were tied after 36 holes with matching 146s, two strokes better than Hudson’s Jenn David and three shots better than Jill Schmitmeyer of St. Marys. But Hummer was still left wondering what-if.
“I three-putted the last hole, and I thought that might hurt,” she admitted. “Besides that, the whole day I felt pretty good. If I just two-putted … but that’s OK.”
That sent the duo into a sudden death playoff.
And on the 408-yard par 5 first hole, it appeared as if Hummer had the advantage.
“It just worked out that it was going to be a playoff and then I made a putt on the first playoff hole to go to another one because she was in there tight for birdie,” Raines said. “I was just happy it went in.