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Amanda Hollandsworth Posts a Repeat Win at the VSGA Junior Girls Championship

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Amanda Hollandsworth claims VSGA Junior Girls crown (The Roanoke Times, July 18, 2013)

WARRENTON –– Western Virginian Amanda Hollandsworth, 17, of Floyd, shot a final round 3-over-par 75 to post a one-stroke victory as the 44th VSGA Junior Girls’ Championship concluded today at Fauquier Springs Country Club.

Hollandsworth, a rising senior at Floyd County High School, closed play with a 4-over 148 (73-75) aggregate and posted her second consecutive victory in the event, becoming the first player to repeat since her sister, Jessica, won two straight titles in 2007-08. The Hollandsworth family will likely have to make some extra room in their trophy case as the sisters have now combined for five VSGA Junior Girls’ victories; Jessica also won in 2005.

Norfolk’s Elizabeth Bose, 16, answered her first day 77 by carding a final round even-par 72, accounting for the low round of the championship to finish a stroke back. Local Shannon Brooks, 15, of Vienna returned a final round 74 and finished two back at 6-over 150. Khushboo Thiagaraj, 17 of Haymarket (4-over 76) and Lyndsey Hunnell, 17 of Troutville (6-over 78) each finished four off the pace at 8-over 152.

FletcherIIIHollandsworth compared the feeling of triumphing again at the Junior Girls’ to the exhilaration of leading Floyd County’s women’s basketball team to the Group A Division 2 title in March.

“It does feel good, especially since it’s back-to-back,” said Hollandsworth, who will have her name engraved on the Ann Lewis Trophy. “It’s like when we won the state basketball tournament. It doesn’t even feel real. It doesn’t feel like it just happened.”    

Two over par through the first six holes, Hollandsworth made a 35-foot eagle putt at the par-5 seventh. Despite a double bogey at the ensuing hole, she closed out the inward half by knocking in a four-foot birdie putt to shoot 1-over 36 on the front nine and led Thiagaraj by two strokes.

Hollandsworth’s double bogey at the par-4 13th dropped her back to three over for the day and her advantage over Bose, who made birdie at the par-5 12th hole, was reduced to a single stroke.

But Hollandsworth settled back in and used her length off the tee to hit the par-5 16th in two for an eventual birdie to bump her lead to two strokes. She still had work to do. After racing her par putt at the last 6 feet past the hole, her downhill, sidehill comebacker for bogey hit the back of the cup before dropping.

In the two-day competition, Hollandsworth has been buoyed by last week’s experience of reaching the final of the VSGA Women’s Amateur where she fell in the deciding encounter to collegian Lauren Coughlin. She admittedly considers it a lesson learned.

“Today, I wasn’t really feeling pressure,” said Hollandsworth, who has verbally committed to Virginia Tech. “I was really comfortable. When I had a bad hole or hit a bad shot, I wasn’t dwelling on it. I just moved on.”

Brooks’ two-birdie, four-bogey performance was good enough to post a nine-stroke victory in the 14-15 age division. Kristin Hearp, 15 of Salem (78—159) took second in the age category.

In other age category action, among the 12-13 year-olds, Naomi Mitchell, 13, of Norfolk closed with 74 (12-over 156) and outdistanced  Victoria Tip-Aucha of Manassas Park (79—161 ) by five strokes.

In the 11 and under age division (nine holes each day), 11-year-old Kelly Salamy of Williamsburg shot an impressive score of 38 on the final day to finish with a 9-over 79 aggregate. Emily Erickson, 11, of Green Bay posted a score of 94 (45-49).

WARRENTON –– Results from the final round of the 44th Virginia State Golf Association Junior Girls’ Championship at Fauquier Springs Country Club on Wednesday, July 17.

AGES 16-18
Amanda Hollandsworth (Floyd), 73-75—148
Elizabeth Bose (Norfolk), 77-72—149
Khushboo Thiagaraj (Haymarket), 76-76—152
Lyndsey Hunnell (Troutville), 74-78—152
Julie Luo (Herndon), 79-77—156
Ruby Rim (Fairfax), 78-79—157
Christina Herbert (Williamsburg), 81-78—159
Liza Freed (Alexandria), 79-80—159
Megan Frederick (Spotsylvania), 76-84—160
Katie Turk (Blacksburg), 82-79—161
Emily Salamy (Williamsburg), 85-78—163
Meagan Board (Roanoke), 85-83—168
Erin Drolet (Alexandria), 81-88—169
Megan Martin (Chesapeake), 84-86—170
Ashley Dingman (Fairfield), 92-85—177
Morgan Cox (Floyd), 88-91—179
Amellia Boyer (Suffolk), 85-95—180
Elizabeth Warner (Richmond), 92-90—182
Lila Taylor (McLean), 89-94—183
Alexandria Sobers (Norfolk), 90-94—184
Macey Mills (Chase City), 93-91—184
Liza Lewis (Richmond), 97-91—188
Casey Gaffney (Chesterfield), 99-92—191
Lauren Hall (Newport News), 100-100—200
Emily Hall (Newport News), 102-115—217

AGES 14-15
Shannon Brooks (Vienna), 76-74—150
Kristin Hearp (Salem), 81-78—159
Amber Liu (Vienna), 79-81—160
Alex Wright (Midlothian), 81-81—162
Yancey Harrison (Ruckersville), 86-85—171
Sirena Walsh (Chantilly), 84-89—173
Ashley Nguyen (South Riding), 84-92—176
Morgan Mugnolo (Gainesville), 90-89—179
Jae Jun (Centreville), 90-90—180
Amy Yang (Roanoke), 95-88—183
Katrina Warren (Yorktown), 96-89—185
Kelsey Kirkman (Chesapeake), 96-95—191
Caroline DeLoach (Fairfax), 113-98—211
Erica Whitehouse (Mechanicsville), 95-DQ

AGES 12-13
Naomi Mitchell (Norfolk), 82-74—156
Victoria Tip-Aucha (Manassas Park), 82-79—161
Diana Domenech (Richmond), 89-89—178
Christine Wang (Clifton), 89-90—179
Jinny Park (Fairfax), 96-90—186
Kendall Turner (Chesapeake), 94-92—186
Alisa Caraballo (Troutville), 107-102—209
Kathryn Thome (Fredericksburg), 105-114—219
Cassie Robinson (Emporia), 119-105—224

AGES 11 AND UNDER
Kelly Salamy (Williamsburg), 41-38—79
Emily Erickson (Green Bay), 45-49—94
Janet Lu (Manassas), 51-54—105
Lauren Clark (Chesterfield), 57-52—109
Barrett Butler (Bristow), 96-95—191