Women’s amateur championship: in history with phlegm

AUGUST | At age 16, dressed as Arnold Palmer in his wide-brimmed hat and jacket, Anna Davis captured the Augusta Amateur Women’s National Championship trophy today.

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Against all odds, walking through the mythical route of Georgia, the young Californian was suddenly ahead of all her fierce opponents.

Still in high school, the 100th-ranked world amateur golfer navigated brilliantly on a course she knew nothing about. She listened to her caddy’s advice and applied her game plan.

Thus, he who has taken the appearance of King he made two birdies at the famous Amen Corner and took advantage of leader Latanna Stone’s fall at the end of the course to savor his biggest victory. The left-hander adds his name to those of Mike Weir, Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson, who won at Augusta.

“To be honest, I don’t even know where to start,” she deliciously launched at a press conference, after the trophy was handed over. It’s surreal. I can’t believe I won. »

nonexistent emotions

Above all, nothing should be taken away from him. Davis, who came at the end of the first round, signed a final card of 69 (-3) over Augusta National. Only four golfers managed to break par today.

She never got carried away by her emotions and nerves, even though she was not used to playing in front of such a large crowd.

A mark of his surprising maturity.

“I have always felt older than my age, because I always date girls older than me at school and on golf courses. In competition I am always among the youngest. Golf is also a sport that allows you to win more quickly in maturity”, argued the only golfer who has broken par in the accumulated, at -1.

Even though Davis had earned her ticket to Augusta by winning the PGA of America Junior Women’s Championship last summer, her name wasn’t on the radar when that championship dawned.

Today, she has become the youngest champion, entering the history of the club in her own way.

And to think, with the exception of Tiger Woods’ final two putts right here in 2019, he had never seen the Masters before!

With this “cruel” honesty, we quickly circulated his memories related to the prestigious grand tournament. However, Davis promised that he would see the editing, which will begin in a few days.

Having won two junior tournaments in her career, this title will allow her to participate in the Women’s American Open in May. A good thing, because she was about to embark on the qualification process.

stone crashes

Everything seemed to be going smoothly for point guard Latanna Stone, who was headed for victory with two holes to play and three shots up.

But, as anything can happen at Augusta National, there was nothing in the pocket. The representative of the Louisiana State University (LSU) Tigers crashed while he committed a terrible double bogey. Another erratic tee shot to Pine Needles on the 18th and a poor approach to the pennant cost him a bogey and the title. She fell to second place, tied with Sweden’s Ingrid Lindblad.

“I’m heartbroken,” Stone, 20, said, her voice hoarse as she fought back tears after handing over her card.

“I could have settled for normal, but I put myself in a bad position trying to be aggressive. It is the selection of a bad club, a stupid mistake, that caused all this. »

Coming off the 16th green, it’s impossible not to look at the huge square. So at -3, Stone obviously saw his name at the top. He felt a pinch and nervousness set in immediately.

Several of the biggest names in golf have been there since 1934. From Nicklaus to Spieth to Norman and company, plenty of stars have had their share of nightmares at the National. They also had some dreamy moments.

Despite your pain and disappointment, you will cherish this unforgettable experience all your life. “Hearing his name sung by the crowd, the encouragement, my membership at LSU, it was magical. »

the 41Y The amateur golfer could return to Augusta next year, where she will play her final college season in Louisiana.

augusta-express

It’s back to normal this spring in augusta. The small town of 200,000 inhabitants located in the extreme east of Georgia vibrates again to the rhythm of the Masters. Sanitary restrictions are lifted. The “bosses” are once again welcomed with open arms. There are wide smiles everywhere. Since Friday we feel that effervescence that has been missing for two years. Visitors began to invade the city. The restaurants and bars are full. The final round of the Women’s Amateur Championship drew thousands of spectators. Although the ANGC does not reveal figures, an increase in traffic has been observed. For those who dream of getting tickets, visiting the legendary Washington Road club and strolling its streets without the hustle and bustle of the Masters, the women’s final round is the perfect time. And the big store is open!


A ticket resale kiosk on Washington Road.

Photo Francois-David Rouleau

A ticket resale kiosk on Washington Road.

the hundreds of ticket resale kiosks they’re back along Washington Road. After two editions played behind closed doors, the “plates” are as sought after as diamonds. Once found, they fly like hotcakes. Ticket prices vary depending on the day of entry, Magellan (not his real name, at his request), a merchant interviewed tonight, explained to me. Thus, for the practice rounds on Monday and Tuesday, you have to pay in US dollars about $450 per unit. For the Wednesday marked by the traditional par 3 contest, it costs $1,100 on the resale market. And for the competition rounds, the sums exceed $2,000.

The big question circulating in Augusta, as well as throughout the United States and the world: tiger forest Will he officially return to the game this week at his favorite playground where he won five green jackets? Nothing is excluded, but it is desired. Technically, the Tiger can withdraw until the start of the tournament. His slightest actions and gestures as well as the slightest movement of his personal jet will be closely watched in the coming hours.

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