DANIELS, W.Va. - A couple of mistakes with the driver by Sydney Snodgrass opened a back door for Kimberly Eaton.
A couple of mistakes with the putter by Eaton closed that door before she could step through.
Eaton three-putted both the No. 17 and No. 18 greens, and a 4-foot par putt from Snodgrass on the final hole broke a tie and gave the 17-year-old a one-stroke win Thursday in the West Virginia Women's Amateur championship.
Snodgrass, playing in the event for the first time, carded a three-day 5-over 221 at the Resort at Glade Springs.
Eaton rallied from five shots back after the 12th hole to take a one-stroke lead after both Snodgrass (double bogey) and Nicolle Flood-Sawczyszyn (triple bogey) made a mess of the 16th.
But Snodgrass recovered and finished par-par to pick up West Virginia's top women's golf prize.
"I was playing well, I was 3 under, then I had two doubles in three or four holes and it kind of got away from me," said Snodgrass, who'll be a senior at Ritchie County High School this fall. "But I knew where I was at all day so I felt comfortable. I knew I was right there, I just had to rely on all the practice I've done and just trust it."
For most of the day, Snodgrass was enjoying a two- or three-stroke cushion over Flood-Sawczyszyn, a three-time winner of the State Women's Am.
That changed on the 349-yard par-4 14th when Snodgrass' drive went well right into the woods. She was unable to find the ball and was forced to retee. The result was a double bogey, and after Flood-Sawczyszyn made par, the two were tied.
Eaton, meanwhile, remained solid despite spending most of the day a handful of shots behind. Her consistency started paying off as she closed to within one after a birdie on 15.
That set up the calamity that was the 445-yard par-5 No. 16 as Eaton found the middle of the fairway while Snodgrass went in the woods left and Flood-Sawczyszyn into the woods right.
Flood-Sawczyszyn's ball was under a tree and she swung and missed once trying to get it out. She connected with her third shot, only to have it hit a tree and bounce right, further into the woods. From there she was forced to take an unplayable lie and, after a triple bogey, her quest for a fourth championship was all but done.
"I felt really good about 16 going in, having every one tight," said Flood-Sawczyszyn, who finished two strokes behind Snodgrass and one behind Eaton. "I got on the tee and I don't know what happened.
"I got under a tree and was trying to decide whether I was going to take an unplayable. I said, 'If I can at least advance this 10 feet, I'm going to have a shot.' But that didn't happen."
Snodgrass, meanwhile, was forced to punch out sideways and struggled just to make double bogey. That left Eaton, who suddenly had a one-shot lead on Snodgrass and a two-stroke advantage on Flood-Sawczyszyn after rolling in a par putt.