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Hollandsworth and her older sister, Jessica, have combined to win the title five of the past nine years.
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Amanda Hollandsworth won the 36-hole grind with a 4-over total of 148.
Thursday, July 18, 2013
New Virginia Tech women’s golf coach Carol Robertson has to be utterly thrilled with her first recruit.
Floyd’s Amanda Hollandsworth , who had verbally committed to attend Old Dominion before Monarchs coach Robertson landed the Tech job on July 8, captured her second straight VSGA Junior Girls crown Wednesday at Fauquier Springs Country Club in Warrenton.
The victory continued an unprecedented run by Hollandsworth and her older sister, Jessica. The pair of Floyd County sisters have combined to win the state’s most prestigious prize for junior girls in five of the past nine years.
Jessica, a three-time all-ACC choice at Maryland, captured the title in 2005, 2007 and 2008. Now comes little sister with back-to-back wins.
“Oh, it’s awesome, very exciting!” the younger Hollandsworth said via cellphone late Wednesday afternoon following her victory.
Battling a tough 5,678-yard layout that beat up the field, Hollandsworth posted a final round of 3-over-par 75 to finish the 36-hole grind with a 4-over total of 148 to win by a shot over Norfolk’s Elizabeth Bose, who closed with a championship-low round of 72.
Fifteen-year-old Shannon Brooks (74) of Vienna finished third, two shots back. Troutville’s Lyndsey Hunnell, who was one shot back following a first-round 74, bogeyed five of her first five holes Wednesday and settled for final-round 78. She tied for third with Haymarket’s Khushboo Thiagaraj (76), four shots off the pace.
Hollandsworth’s prodigious power off the tee was key in her triumph. The 17-year-old rising senior at Floyd County High was 4 under on the course’s five par-5 holes for the championship. She drained a 35-foot eagle putt on the par-5 No. 7 and reached the 473-yard in two blows and two-putted for a birdie to push her lead to two shots on Bose. She locked up the title by draining a 6-foot testy putt for bogey on the final hole.
“My length helped me on the par-5s,” she said. “A lot of the girls were playing them differently … saying, ‘you can get it there in two and we can’t.’ It was really funny.”
Hollandsworth was coming off a runner-up finish in last week’s VSGA Women’s Amateur Championship in Richmond, where she lost 3 and 2 to collegian Lauren Coughlin in the final.
“It’s been like I’ve been on tour,” Hollandsworth said. “The State Am was a lot of fun, just being in that situation of being in the final two of I don’t even know how many.
“I came home for a day to repack my clothes and came right back [to Warrenton]. My dad [Barry] couldn’t come here because he started a new job this week. But my mom [Susan] and my grandparents [Paul and Roberta Shoemaker] are here.”
Thirteen months from now, Hollandsworth will be heading to Tech.
“That’s going to be fun to be part of starting a program and hopefully getting it going in the right direction,’’ she said.
Salem’s Kristin Hearp closed with a 78. Her 159 total left her tied for seventh. Hearp, 15, took second in the 14-15 age division behind Brooks.
Blacksburg’s Katie Turk shot a 79 to finish 10th at 161. Roanoke’s Meagan Board closed with an 83 to take 12th at 168. Floyd’s Morgan Cox was 16th at 179.
Roanoke’s Amy Yang had a final-round 88 for a total of 183 to take 10th in the 14-15 class. Troutville’s Alisa Caraballo took seventh in the nine-player 12-13 division.
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