published Friday, August 3rd, 2012

Cothran tops Javadi 5 and 4 for city title

Kyle Cothran spent four days walking and jogging the course at Chattanooga Golf and Country Club as a caddie for little sister Haley.

His next trip around a course may be a little more leisurely.

"Watching her play has given me the itch to play again," said Cothran, who redshirted and then played one season for Georgia Southern but recently accepted a job for the Tennessee Valley Authority. "I may play this weekend."

But he will not want to play against his sister.

Haley Cothran, about to begin her sophomore year at Middle Tennessee State, defeated Emily Javadi 5 and 4 in the championship flight's final match of the Chattanooga Women's Amateur on Thursday at CGCC.

"I putted really well today," the winner said. "I was very relaxed and I was taking it one shot at a time and staying patient. I was really focused on each shot."

Cothran also won the title in 2008 before her sophomore year at Soddy-Daisy High School.

"It feels great to have another win at this tournament," she said. "I didn't make one bogey today.

"It also gives me confidence going into the college season because I'm excited about improving my putting and my short game."

Cothran went 3 up through five holes. She built the lead with impressive putts including a 20-footer to save par on No. 3 and a 15-footer for birdie on the par-5 No. 4.

Javadi never crept closer after that.

"I was really nervous on the first couple of holes, which didn't help me and messed up my game," Javadi said. "When she got 3 up, I looked at my dad [and caddie] and said, 'Let's just have fun now.'"

Cothran won No. 8 and No. 12 to go 5 up. Javadi birdied the par-3 13th to get within 4 down. But she lost the 14th with a bogey, ending the match.

"I'm not completely happy with my day," Javadi said. "With how well Haley played, there's not much else I could have done. I should have been going for more direct targets instead of the middle of the green and two-putting once I got down."

The Baylor graduate will begin her college career at Sewanee in a few weeks.

"These are the type of players that I'll be playing against in college, and it shows me that I still need to improve," Javadi said. "It was an exhausting tournament. But I'm not upset, because I got to play my favorite course in Chattanooga and against a lot of great people. I had fun."

Cothran had a little more fun, especially Thursday, when she received a gaggle of congratulatory hugs — including one from Betty Probasco, a member of the Tennessee Golf Hall of Fame, who won this event 10 times.

"It feels so good to win," Cothran said. "Each day I was out there I wanted to improve."

about David Uchiyama...

David Uchiyama is a sports writer at the Chattanooga Times Free Press who began his tenure here in May 2001. His primary beats are UTC athletics — specifically men’s basketball and athletic department administration — and golf, which includes coverage from the PGA Tour to youth events. He also covers other high school sports, outdoor adventures, and contributes to other sections of the newspaper when necessary. David grew up in Salinas, Calif., and began working ...

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