By:-LRB- ***************) Beth Ann Nichols |
May 7, 2019 3: 05 pm
Alexa Pano drained pipes a 35- foot putt for birdie from off the fringe on the second playoff hole to certify for her very first U.S. Women’s Open. The now 14- year-old Pano initially tried to receive the Women’s Open when she was just 8 years of ages. She let loose an uncommon fist-pump at The Wanderers Club to stress the accomplishment.
” It really hasn’t embeded in yet,” said Pano, “like how huge of a deal this is. I’m so thrilled to lastly have qualified. It took me a while to get here.”
Delfina Acosta won the 36- hole qualifier in Wellington, Fla., with a 1-over145 Stephanie Kono (72), Maude-Aimee Leblanc (76) and Pano (75) finished one shot back.
Pano was strolling to the tee box to begin her 2nd 18 on Monday when authorities blew the horn to suspend play due to weather. After a nearly three-hour hold-up, she returned to play 2 1/2 more holes before play was required the day.
On Tuesday, Pano struggled to make putts on the Wanderers’ difficult greens and thought she ‘d be well out of contention. Turns out the rest of the field felt the same.
It’s been quite a year currently for Pano, who received the inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur. When she narrowly missed the cut to be among the 30 who competed in the final round at Augusta, the Netflix star took it hard, saying it was difficult to go out there on Friday and play a practice round on the iconic course.
” I informed my papa it was like remaining in the AFC Championship, losing and them telling you can simply go practice on the Super Bowl field,” stated Pano, who ultimately used it as inspiration.
After six attempts, Pano will lastly get her chance on females’s golf’s greatest phase May 30- June 2 at the Country Club of Charleston (S.C.). She really came two strokes shy of getting approved for the 2013 Women’s Amateur there when she was 8 years of ages.
Pano contended at a Symetra Trip occasion previously this year and made her LPGA debut last summer season at the Thornberry Creek Classic.
” I’ve seen a lot of my pals play at the U.S. Open and most of them have actually made the cut or done actually well,” stated Pano of her expectations. “I, obviously, would like to go there and win. I’ll just type of play my best game and see what takes place.”