If you were going to sneak down to Florida to kick the rust off your golf game, last weekend, with temperatures unable to make it out of the teens around here, was the perfect time to do it.
That’s what Radnor senior Brynn Walker did. She capped her brilliant scholastic career last fall by winning a second straight PIAA Class AAA individual title and leading the Raiders to state team title in Class AAA two days later.
Walker, who is headed for North Carolina, teed it up in the American Junior Golf Association’s ANNIKA Invitational, which got under way Saturday at the 6,359-yard, par-72 Watson Course at the Reunion Resort in Reunion, Fla. Walker struggled in the middle round with an 80, but sandwiched that with a 4-over 76 in Saturday’s opening round and a solid 2-over 74 in Monday’s final round for a 54-hole total of 230 that left her in a tie for 41st.
Jaravee Boonchant of Thailand fired a sparkling 7-under 65 in the final round to blow past the rest of the field and take the title with a 6-under 210 total. The Duke commit finished six shots clear of Selena Costabile (73-74-69) and Elizabeth Wang (74-73-69), who shared second at even-par 216.
Youngin Chun of Cedar Park, Texas had a three-shot lead going into the final round after going 68, 73 in the first two rounds, but slipped to a 76 in the final round to finish fourth at 2-over 218.
Walker is trying to keep her game sharp so she’ll be ready to go when she and partner Madelein Herr, the District One champion from Council Rock North, reprise their partnership for the 2016 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship, which will be played May 21-25 at the Streamsong Resort’s Blue Course in Streamsong, Fla.
In the inaugural edition of the event last spring on the Pacific Dunes Course at the Bandon Dunes Resort in Bandon, Ore., Walker and Herr, a pair of high school juniors at the time, stormed their way to the semifinals, getting some air time on Fox Sports’ first try at televised golf after the network had gained the USGA broadcast rights.