Kelly Xu’s superb {hardware} haul at LNGA Novice Championship

Kelly Xu’s superb {hardware} haul at LNGA Novice Championship

Kelly Xu (LNGA photo)

Kelly Xu (LNGA picture)

Kelly Xu goes to have a couple of extra baggage to examine at St. Louis’ Lambert Worldwide Airport on her method dwelling to Claremont, Calif. The incoming Stanford freshman gained three championship trophies on the rain-shortened Girls Nationwide Golf Affiliation’s 92nd Novice Championship which wrapped up Thursday at Lake Forest Nation Membership in Lake St. Louis, Mo.

Not merely content material with successful the Dorothy Pease Junior Trophy for rivals ages 18 and below, Xu’s 36-hole complete of 4-under 144 (68-72) earned her the George III Novice Trophy awarded to the general first place winner.

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Kelly Xu was the primary feminine champion at Augusta Nationwide

Xu, 18, partnered with future Stanford teammate Sadie Englemann of Austin, Texas to win the Howell Workforce Trophy with a 6-under rating of 282 (140-142). Reagan Zibilski of Springfield, Mo, and Marissa Wenzler of Dayton, Ohio shared runner-up honors after ending at 3-under par (69-72) (72-69).

“I had a whole lot of shut photographs, a whole lot of seems at birdie so I felt actually good and had a very good mindset,” stated Xu. “Right this moment I had solely eight holes left to play so it was more durable to get into the groove of issues…however it was enjoyable.”

Xu will be part of one other prized recruit, Megha Ganne, at Stanford within the fall. Like Ganne, she is a first-team AJGA Rolex All-American who was named the 2021 Southern California Golf Affiliation’s Participant of the 12 months in 2021 after she gained the SCGA Girls’s Novice Championship. She is at present ranked tenth within the AJGA women’ rankings.

With all due respect to 2019 ANWA winner Jennifer Kupcho, Xu additionally has the excellence of being the primary feminine champion at Augusta Nationwide, successful the inaugural Drive, Chip, and Putt (7-9 age group) as a 9-year-old fourth -grader in 2014.

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The inaugural occasion, held in 1927 at Blue Hills Nation Membership in Kansas Metropolis, Mo. set off a long time of profitable match throughout america, carried out by a company then named the Missouri Valley Girls’s Golf Affiliation. A 12 months later, the identify turned the Girls’s Trans-Mississippi Golf Affiliation, evolving into the Girls’s Trans Nationwide Golf Affiliation by 1953 to incorporate all states earlier than altering to the Girls Nationwide Golf Affiliation in 2019. This 72-hole stroke play occasion spans the nation and has been hosted at a few of the nation’s most interesting programs, together with Persimmon Ridge in Kentucky, Stonewall Hyperlinks in Pennsylvania, and Eugene Nation Membership in Oregon.

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