Ellen Dong (16-18s) and Kaitlyn Schroeder (13-15s) came out on top Thursday, July 2 at the 61st Girls’ Junior Amateur Championship at Bradenton Country Club.
Pembroke Pines’ Casey Weidenfeld (above) was the top South Florida performer, finishing solo second in 16-18s, a stroke back.
Weidenfeld was the only competitor in 16-18s to break par twice, shooting 70s in Rounds 2 and 3, but her opening 74 left her a little too far behind.
Weidenfeld also fought through the start of the final round, bogeying three of the first five holes. She turned it around with an eagle on the par-5 eighth. She added a birdie on No. 17 to move into a tie for first with Dong at even-par, heading to the final hole.
Dong hit her tee shot on the 18th to about 20 feet, while Weidenfeld was left with about 27 feet for birdie. Dong rolled her putt in for birdie to secure the win, while Weidenfeld finished with par on the hole and even-par for the event.
Finishing the final round with an even-par 71, Dong captured the first FSGA championship win of her career.
“This is just a confirmation of my practice and hard work over the past couple of months,” Dong said. “It's a really big win.”
Weidenfeld finished with a runner-up finish at even-par 214, posting a final-round 70, while Schiavone took third place at 1-over 215, carding a 71 in the final round.
Other South Floridians in the top 10 were Hobe Sound’s Andie Smith (T5) and Tamarac’s Jillian Bourdage (T9).
In Girls’ 13-15s, Schroeder became the 11th to win back-to-back Girls’ Junior titles and the first to do it since Erica Stoner in 2012. Her final-round 64 is the lowest round in Girls’ Junior history.
Delray Beach’s Nicole Yugay was the top South Florida finisher in the age group at T10.