Bell wins MGA Junior Match Play Championship

Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Sarah Bell of Jackson won the MGA Junior Match Play Championship last week in Springfield, Missouri. (Missouri Golf Association)

Sarah Bell, a 14-year-old from Jackson, won the MGA Junior Match Play Championship last week at Rivercut Golf Course in Springfield, Missouri.

Bell finished first in a 27-player field, defeating Rebecca Su of Town & Country, Missouri, 3 and 2, in the championship match Thursday.

Bell, went 5-0 in match play, including a pair of victories Wednesday that vaulted her into the final. She first bested two-time defending champion Ashley Childers of Mount Vernon, Missouri, 4 and 3 in the quarterfinals match in the morning before edging Emma Solovic of Imperial, Missouri, 3 and 2 in the afternoon semifinals match.

She had routed Billie McKinley of Columbia, Missouri, 9 and 8 in the first-round play Tuesday morning before defeating Hannah Muroski of Ashland, Missouri, 5 and 4 in the afternoon.

Bell, a rising sophomore at Notre Dame Regional High School, finished third at the Missouri Class 1 girls tournament on the same course in October during her freshman season.

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