The last nine months have been quite the test for GGGA student Alice Jo.
Her confidence and strength of mind have been truly tested.
On Sunday, her confidence and commitment to some major swing improvement got a huge boost as she claimed the AJGA Gary Gilchrist Junior at The Seagate presented by Sportlink.
Heading into the tournament, Jo (2018) of Shanghai, China, was named one of “The Top Players to Watch”, and she lived up to that title with her consistent play both days.
Heading into the final round Sunday, she trailed by two strokes after posting a 72 (E) that included two birdies and two bogeys. Playing in the final group Sunday, Jo got off to just the start she needed with a birdie on No. 1 for the second consecutive day before making the turn in 37. The back nine, with the win up for grabs, Jo buckled down and seized the lead, grabbing birdies on Nos. 11, 12 and 15 to finish the round at -2 and the event at 2-under 142.
“It was a great round,” said Jo. “It started off great when I birdied the first hole. Then I double-bogeyed the second, but I kept on playing and didn’t dwell on it. This win means a lot to me. I’ve been changing my swing a little, so it hasn’t been very consistent. But after today, it feels better, and I’m gaining a lot more confidence in it.”
The 36-hole stroke-play event, sponsored by the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy and Sportlink, was met with perfect playing conditions in Delray Beach, FL. Golfers from 12 states and eight countries came to compete in a chance to win a title and get an exemption into a Web.Com Tour Event.
The Seagate Country Club Golf course made play challenging. Stretching across 300 acres, the course has tree-lined fairways and a 91 bunkers in all. Golfers are warned that they won’t find this course to be a quick and easy game.
The boys division was far from predictable as three players headed to No. 18 tied for the lead while one player anxiously awaited the outcome in the clubhouse. GGGA Students Alvaro Escalada of Spain and Camilo Mexsen of Mexico were two of the three. Escalada tied for second after finishing with a 2-under-par 142 and Mexsen finished right below him in 4th at 1-under-par 143.