DANIELS, W.Va. -- There isn't much that scares Sydney Snodgrass, from playing golf with the guys to making a clutch putt to win the 90th State Amateur.
That's what the Ritchie County High School rising senior did on Thursday at the Stonehaven Course at The Resort at Glade Springs, hitting a 4-foot par putt on No. 18 to hold off surging Kimberly Eaton and win the Amateur in her first try.
Snodgrass was set to play in the 2012 Women's Am, but it conflicted with the high school season, leaving her to wait.
"I put in a lot of work, and this validates the work I've put in," Snodgrass said. "It does pay off. When it was 100 degrees out, I was out on the green just working."
Snodgrass didn't flinch when a pair of double bogeys - on No. 14 and No. 16 - put her one stroke behind going into the 17th hole.
However, for everything Eaton did right, she three-putted the final two holes to lose two strokes.
"I just found these greens kind of tricky all week," said Eaton, the 24-year-old Shepherdstown native who is working on her post-baccalaureate at Virginia Commonwealth. "I just having some issues, reading the break right and stuff. I was happy with the way I played though."
Eaton slowly crept into the mix when Snodgrass and Morgantown's Nicolle Flood-Sawczyszyn began to struggle. Flood-Sawczyszyn cut Snodgrass' lead to one with a 40-foot chip-in for birdie on No. 7. Flood-Sawczyszyn stayed at two or three strokes behind until a disastrous triple-bogey on No. 16 removed her from contention.
"I battled, battled, battled, had that chip-in that was a momentum changer," Flood-Sawczyszyn said. "They played well, it was a matter of chasing for me. I felt really good about 16 going in, having everybody tied. Got on the tee, and I don't know what happened."
Two double bogeys within three holes by Snodgrass allowed Eaton - with help from a birdie on No. 15 - take a one-stroke lead into 17.