When everything seemed to be falling apart, Karley Dobis was able to pull it back together and win a city title.
Heading toward the No. 12 hole, the Homestead grad and Ball State sophomore held a two-shot lead over Allison Curtis in the final round of the Women's City Tournament at immaculate Coyote Creek Golf Club. She could have cruised to her first city title, but she put her approach shot into a bunker and then with a yip watched her chip shot become a drive over the entire green.
It could have been a defining moment in a big, bad way. Dobis lost her lead to Curtis, but she didn't lose her cool.
"I had a little bit of time to kind of regroup,'' Dobis said. "My dad and I had a nice conversation between 12 and 13. We decided just to par out and make her beat me with birdies.''
Tim Dobis' advice worked as Haley punched to a one-stroke lead after No. 14 and then pushed that to two and three strokes over the next three holes. Dobis finished with a three-round 224 total to beat Curtis by those three strokes. Lauren Gant finished third with a 230, Ashton Taft hit a 231 and Lori Stinson a 234.
"Once I had the lead on 14, I had all my confidence back and from there on the momentum was in my hand and I had control of it at that point,'' Dobis said. "I remember walking down the last fairway, and we said we're just going to enjoy the last hole and remember this part.''