Cynthia Powell has only played in the Juniper Invitational twice, but she’s plenty familiar with Juniper Hill Golf Course.
Powell, of Lexington, captured the women’s golf tournament Wednesday with a one-under-par 73, good for a three-shot victory over Anne Combs of Lexington.
“I started coming over here for junior tournaments,” Powell said, “and I took lessons from Gene Hilen (former Juniper Hill golf pro). I feel right at home here.”
Last year, in Powell’s first appearance at the Juniper, she went to a playoff before losing to eventual champion Charlotte Logsdon.
This year her short game carried her to the title.
“I was putting really well today,” Powell said. “That was the difference in my score.
“When I did miss the green I was able to chip up close to the cup and one putt. I got up and down out of the bunker on 17. It was a combination of being able to putt and chipping so I could make putts.”
Powell and Combs played in the same foursome, and Powell had a pretty good idea how the pair stood.
“I knew she was playing well,” Powell said. “She made six or seven really long putts so I knew she was playing well, but I try not to pay too much attention and just worry about myself.”
Since retiring as a school principal, Powell’s schedule has allowed her to play more golf. She won the Central Kentucky Match Play this year, facing McNeil in the final that went 22 holes. She also won the Miley Cup.
“I had a really bad start to the year,” she said, “but I’ve been coming around the last month or so. I feel like I’m playing better.”
Powell has been a fixture at the Frankfort Country Club’s Capital Classic, a tournament she won in 1994 and ’96.
But it’s her history with the late Hilen that makes Juniper a special place.
“I started taking lessons from him in Mount Sterling,” said Powell, originally from Winchester, “and I followed him up here.
“The course has changed a lot, with the Bermuda grass and all they’ve done, but I still feel really comfortable here.”
Shirley Rodgers and Pam Rhodes tied for the Betty Satterly Memorial Award, an annual award given to the Juniper Hill member who has the lowest net score in the tournament. Both players had a net score of 67.
Here are the awards for each of the flights.
1. Cynthia Powell 73, 2. Anne Combs 76
1. Charlotte Nelson 68, 2. Denise Wentz 69
Closest to the pin (No. 3) – Jean Waldrop
Longest drive (No. 12) – Kelsey Lewis
Low putts – Donna McNeil, 30
1. Debbie Cummins 85, 2. Terry Stallard 86
1. Deedie Tucker 71, 2. Roz Tender 72
Closest to the pin (No. 10) – Cookie Whitehouse
Longest drive (No. 9) – Aggie Hampton
Low putts – Cookie Whitehouse, 29 (scorecard playoff)
1. Melanie Simpson 86, 2. Mona Burns 88 (SCP)
1. Natalie Britton 70, 2. Nola Reeder 71 (SCP)
Closest to the pin (No. 17) – Marcie Mathews
Longest drive (No. 18) – Amy Rodgers
Low putts – Connie Wiard, 28
1. Pam Rhodes 88, 2. Connie Whitaker 91
1. Charlotte Pyles 68, 2. Freda Cundiff 71
Closest to the pin (No. 17) – Carol Ferguson
Longest drive (No. 1) – Connie Whitaker
Low putts – Michele Brown, 29
1. Marggie Sebastian 89, 2. Shirley Rodgers 90
1. Sheri Rose 66, 2. Billie Robinson 70
Closest to the pin (No. 6) – Mary Ann Woltenberg
Longest drive (No. 4) – Sheri Rose
Low putts – Mary Ann Woltenberg, 31
1. Lois Ross 96 (SCP), 2. Glenna Glass 101
1. Nancy Erdmann 67, 2. Carol Catlett 72
Closest to the pin (No. 6) – Sue Wood
Longest drive (No. 13) – Lois Ross
Low putts – Nina Sue Rice, 32