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CEDAR RAPIDS Each victory is a little more exciting than the last one for Julie Bush of Cedar Rapids.
For the fifth time, Bush was crowned the open division champion at the Women's City Amateur at Ellis Golf Course on a rainy Saturday afternoon. Bush turned in a winning score of 143 after opening with a 74 Friday and closing with a 3-under par 69 Saturday.
"The best round of golf I've had in my entire life," Bush said of the 69. "It was pretty sweet to win and play well here. I love playing at Ellis, and I'm here all the time. I've just been hitting the ball very well and working on my swing, so it's awesome to play well."
Bush, girls' golf coach at Cedar Rapids Kennedy, finished one stroke ahead of Madi Goodfellow and two strokes ahead of Alex Zenor in third. Birdies on 11, 12 and 13 were the keys, Bush said.
"The girls I played with today are awesome," Bush said. "That's one of the best groups I've played with in any tournament and they shot very well. It was good to keep me motivated to know I needed to hit them straight, because they were right there behind me."
First-round leader Meg Monson shot a 75 Saturday after an opening 70 and slipped to fourth.
Senior division champion Dorothy Peterson of Hiawatha echoed Bush's thoughts of playing with a great group Saturday. Peterson carded an 82 Friday and 87 Saturday to finish 19 strokes ahead of runner-up Kathy Zamastil.
"That's the good part because these are good people to play with and that makes it fun," Peterson said. "We're all friends, we all play together at the different courses and we know each other. It's just a fun thing to do."
Peterson said her best shot of the tournament came at the end of the 18th hole Friday. When she hit her ball out of the sand trap, it landed a short distance behind the cup on a hill and set up for an easy par shot. Peterson said Friday she was just "plain lucky."
"If I didn't have luck, I couldn't play this game," Peterson said with a laugh. "My goal is not so much a matter of winning, but it's to play a reasonable game and just have the right 'Dorothy' show up. I just want to be able to play at the level I should be able to play at, so that made me happy."