Area Golf Digest

Swords headed back to USGA Girls Junior Amateur



Qualifying for the USGA Junior Amateur is one of the toughest challenges for any youth golfer.

It’s become old hat for Newnan’s Annie Swords.

The high school senior is headed to the national tournament for the third time in four years after finishing among the top six at Monday’s qualifying tournament at Cartersville Country Club in her final attempt before turning 18.

It came among a field of 44 golfers including talented siblings Cameron and Jordan Daniel of Sharpsburg. The event also included hopefuls from Alabama, Kentucky, South Carolina and Florida, all looking to reach the prestigious tournament, which will be held from July 21-26 in at Forest Highlands Golf Club in Flagstaff, Ariz.

For the second consecutive year, Swords qualifying effort came at Cartersville Golf Club while improving on her previous round by two strokes this time around. her 1-over 73 was enough to avoid a five-way tie for the last three qualifying positions thanks to a birdie putt on the par-4 eighth hole.

Swords’ round included two birdies and 13 pars.

Sabrina Long of Alpharetta was the only player who finished under par, winning the event with a 3-under 69 buoyed by a strong start. Long was part of Milton’s 2012 Georgia High School Association Class AAAAAA State Championship lineup.

Cameron Daniel stayed in contention with a 6-over 78 that put her four shots off the qualifying pace. A birdie on the par-5 fifth hole pulled her within range down the stretch after starting her round on the back nine.

Jordan Daniel fired an 86 that included a birdie on no. 18 to finish her day.

The USGA Junior Amateur consists of two rounds of stroke play before the cut. The final 64 qualifiers move into match play. Last year’s girls event included players from Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Mexico and Canada in addition to standouts from around the country.

REYNOLDS CONTINUES RISE ON SYMETRA TOUR: Newnan resident Jean Reynolds took another step toward returning to the LPGA tour with a strong showing at last weekend’s Symetra Reynolds Tour Island Resort Championship in Harris, Mich. She wrapped up an impressive June by fin- ished in a four-way tie for fifth with a 2-over 218 at the three-round event.

Reynolds earned $4,127 for her effort. She is now 24th on the tour’s money list, win- ning $18,554 in 13 events.

She has played some of her best golf of the season the last two months, earning three straight top-10s.

Her third-place performance at the Firekeepers Casino back in June is her top finish this season. Reynolds led the event after the first two rounds.

Reynolds stated the final round of the Island Resort Championship three-over par, but played her best golf on Sunday, shooting one under par over the final 18 holes The Newnan native helped her own cause with three birdies over on the front 9. She ended the day with just two bogeys.

She also ended the tournament hitting 35 of 42 fair- ways in regulation and 30 of 54 greens.

To earn an LPGA card, Symetra Tour golfers must finish in the top-10 on the money list. The next 12 placers are automatically invited to the LPGA Qualifying Tournament, where they can also earn their tour cards.

MATISTIC COMPETES AT FUTURE MASTERS: Newnan High senior Max Matistic wrapped up a solid three-day effort at the Future Masters at Dothan (Ala.) Country Club while firing a 225 over 54 holes in the 15-18 year-old division including an opening round 72.

The prestigious event featured standout players from throughout the southeast.

East Coweta freshman Carson Whitton missed the cut by one stroke in the 13-14 year-old division after post- ing consecutive rounds of 78 and 75. The cut was made at 152.

BAIK FINISHES STRONG FRESHMAN SEASON AT MISSISSIPPI STATE: Former East Coweta star player Ji Eun Baik recently completed a strong freshman season at Mississippi State while playing in nine events Baik between the fall and spring for the Bulldogs program and posting a scoring average of 75.5.

Her season included 53 birdies and an eagle over 26 rounds while matching a program-best single round of 69.

Baik scored for Mississippi State in both the NCAA Central Regional from May 8-10 with a 13-over 229 (tied for 45) as well as the NCAA Championship at Tulsa Country Club held from May 20-23.

Four rounds at the NCAA Championship as the Bull- dogs No. 4 player included a 69 over Baik’s third 18 holes among 24 teams and 126 players in action.

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