RUMFORD—Some days you just don’t have it and unfortunately for South Kingstown senior Mia Bartolotta Wednesday was one of those days.
“I know I could have played a lot better today and it just wasn’t my day,” she said. “[Ashley Roggero] had phenomenal day and I’m really proud of her.”
After taking the top seed heading into the match play portion of the inaugural Girls Junior Amateur Championship Monday at Agawam Hunt, Bartolotta was decidedly upset by Roggero 8 and 7.
“I’ll definitely learn from this experience,” Bartolotta said. “It was my first big match play event. Besides the [Potowomut] Club Championships this is my first tournament against girls instead of women and I enjoy match play.
“I know on one hole I had a six and she had a four and it wasn’t that I was three down, I was only one-hole down. You can just get up to every hole like it’s a new chance and opportunity instead of having to fight from a lot down.”
Unfortunately for Bartolotta she very quickly found herself trailing by a significant margin Wednesday.
Roggero took the first hole, a 422-yard par four, with a bogey and – following a half on the par-three second – went 3-up thanks to a par on No. 3 and birdie on No. 4.
Bartolotta bounced back with a birdie on the 168-yard par three fifth to cut the deficit to two holes but from there the Green Valley Country Club golfer rolled.
Roggero recorded two pars, two bogeys and another par, respectively, before a birdie on the par-three 11th sealed the match.
Thursday morning Roggero could not complete her run for a title though as Agawam member Caroline Farber took the first girls title 7 and 5.
As for Bartolotta, she was certainly not pleased with how her tournament ended but there is still plenty more golf ahead for her as she tries to position herself to play the game she loves at the collegiate level.
“I’m definitely looking around and coach [Tom] Drennan, he’s the retired URI coach and he helps with the South Kingstown golf team, so I’m definitely going to meet up with him sometime this year, set up colleges and start looking again,” she said.
“I really hope to play in either Division I or Division II but I might have to settle for Division III. As long as I’m playing golf I’ll be happy.”
Bartolotta doesn’t have to look far for a feasible rout to get to the college game as her older sister, Gina, is coming off a tremendous first season playing for the Community College of Rhode Island.
“I’m extremely proud of her,” Mia said. “She’s wonderful and she’s definitely my best friend. She’s my biggest fan and I’m hers. We love playing together. It’s just a fun time.”
BOYS OUT TOO
Bartolotta was not the only one with local ties to see their tournament come to an end Wednesday at Agawam Hunt.
Competing in the Third Division, Prout’s Ryan Donovan and Point Judith Country Club member Joe McNamara had their runs end in the semifinals at the 92nd Junior Amateur Championship.
McNamara, who attends Providence Country Day, trailed Chariho’s Sam Martel by three holes heading into the turn after Martel picked up points on holes seven, eight and nine.
McNamara chipped into the lead though and eventually tied the match with a birdie on the par-three 16th.
Both players pared 17 but on the 18th green in front of the club house McNamara two-putted for par after a strong approach shot, while Martel carded a double bogey.
McNamara’s run came to a close in the semifinals though as he lost to Rhode Island Country Club member Ben Morgan 5 and 3.
As for Donovan, the Crusader had a huge five-stroke lead over Rhode Island CC’s Brandon Hess at the turn but barely escaped on the back nine to win 3 and 2.
After the turn Hess won the first three holes to draw within 2-down with six holes to play, a very manageable deficit.
The two players halved Nos. 13 and 14 before Donovan won the war of attrition that was the 15th, carding a triple bogey to Hess’ quintuple bogey to take the hole and a 3-up lead with three to play.
Both players pared No. 16 to seal the match for Donovan but in the semifinals the Crusaders’ run came to an end as he lost to eventual Third Division champion Davon Driscoll 4 and 3.