Kristin Jamieson is pictured after winning the 97th Women's Ohio State Amateur last week. (Submitted photos)
Kristin Jamieson is pictured after winning the 97th Women's Ohio State Amateur last week. (Submitted photos)
Hillsboro High School graduate and Ohio State University sophomore Kristin Jamieson won the 97th Women's Ohio State Amateur, held July 20-23 at the Belmont Country Club in Perrysburg.

According to the Women's Ohio State Golf Association (WOSGA), “Jamieson won the Women's Ohio State Amateur with a birdie on the second hole of the sudden death playoff against Katlyn Shutt.”

Jamieson — who previously won the WOSGA Ohio Junior Girls Golf Tournament in 2019 — said her father, Dr. David Jamieson, caddied for her through all six rounds of the tournament.

“The WOSGA Ohio Women’s Amateur was the first match play tournament I’ve ever played in,” Jamieson said. “Last year I won the WOSGA Junior Girls event and set the 36-hole scoring record with 6 under par. This win gave me back-to-back WOSGA titles.”

Jamieson spoke about her final match against Katlyn Shutt, whom she said is a fifth-year senior at Youngstown State University:

“We started the match by both parring the first hole. Shutt birdied the par 5 second hole. I answered on the next hole with a tap-in-birdie, squaring the match.

“I proceeded to lose the next five holes. Things just didn’t fall my way in that stretch, and Shutt didn’t miss one shot. She was three under par and lights out through eight holes, making me five down on the ninth tee. I was mixed with emotions. I was slightly sad because I knew how hard it would be to come back from being five down in 10 holes. I was partially angry because my dad and I had worked so hard and played so well all week to be playing in a blowout championship match.

“Mostly, I was determined that this was nowhere close to the end of the match, and she was still going to have to play really well to win. It was then my dad looked me in the eye and said, ‘Let’s take her to 18.’ We were both ready to put up a fight.

“Then came the fun part. I two-putt birdied the par 5 ninth and hit a wedge to a foot on 10. I had gotten two holes back, now I was three down. We halved 11 and 13 with a par and 12 with a birdie. On 14 (I was still three down) came Shutt’s first and only mistake of the day, where she hit her tee shot in the woods. I won 14 and 15 and was one down with three to play. On 16, my dad gave me a perfect read, and I buried my birdie putt. We were all square with two to play.

“I lipped out my birdie putt on 17 and barely missed on 18. We were on to extra holes. We halved number one with pars and were back to the second hole. Shutt was in jail off the tee behind a tree, but I could go for the green. I hit my ball about 20 yards short of the green and chipped up to about three feet. I proceeded to make my birdie putt and win the match one up.”

After being five down on the ninth tee, Jamieson went on to shoot five under par on the last 12 holes.

“I was in disbelief then of what I did and I still am even days later,” she said. “It was such a surreal feeling, knowing that I overcame the odds and fought my way back into the match. This win and that day was probably the most fun I’ve ever had playing golf. It was one that I will never forget.”

Jamieson began the Ohio Women’s Amateur by shooting a 75 in the first round, which seeded her sixth out of the 32 plays in the championship flight. For the Round of 32, she won 3 and 2 over Ally Madden, followed by winning 5 and 4 over Alicia Porvasnick in the Round of 16.

In the quarterfinals, Jamieson won 3 and 1 over Kayla Davis, and in the semifinals, she won 4 and 3 against Liz Kim.

Jamieson also spoke about the experience of having her father alongside her throughout the tournament.

“This week was so cool and redeeming for my dad and me,” she said. “Growing up, my dad wasn’t able to caddy for me in any junior events, though he had always wanted to. It was special for him to be right by my side all week and see the work that I’ve put in over the years to pay off.” 

Jamieson, who was a three-time OHSAA State Girls Golf Tournament qualifier during her career at Hillsboro (including a sixth-place finish her senior year), competed in two events as a freshman member of the Ohio State Buckeyes women’s golf team. She said that winning the Women's Ohio State Amateur was particularly meaningful due to the adversity she faced throughout her first year competing at the collegiate level.

“This win means more than the rest,” Jamieson said. “During my freshman year at Ohio State, I faced more adversity in this sport than I ever had. I sustained a severe sprain to my ankle, nearly breaking it the day I moved into Ohio State, which affected my fall golf season, and then a wrist injury in February, just before the spring season started. I recovered and played in two tournaments in the fall, but I still wasn’t myself.

“This win is so heartfelt because I was at my lowest point with golf I had ever experienced during my freshman year. It seemed that I couldn’t get a break, just like it was during the first eight holes of the championship match. While I hadn’t gotten to the upside in real life, that match showed me that you can always fight back through adversity and come out on the high side.” 

This week, Jamieson is competing in the Golfweek Midwest Collegiate at Purdue’s Kampen Course.