Poppy Hills GC
July 1-2, 2019
July 2, 2019
Rei Nakatani may not have won recently, but she sure looked comfortable coming down the stretch at the annual NCGA Women’s Amateur Championship.
After starting the final round three strokes behind the lead, Nakatani shot a bogey-free 3-under 33 on the back nine to cap off the low round of the tournament, 3-under 69, and take the title at Poppy Hills. Her tournament total of even-par 144 earned her a two-shot victory over first round leader Annika Borrelli.
“It’s very exciting. I haven’t won a tournament in a while, it’s probably been four years since I last won an event. It feels awesome to win on a great course like Poppy Hills with a great field at this tournament.”
Nakatani’s final round included four birdies and just one bogey on the par-4 3rd hole. She set the tone early with a birdie on the par-5 opening hole, which Borrelli bogied for a two-shot swing.
The two players would battle back and forth for the remainder of the front nine, with Borrelli holding onto the one stroke lead heading to the back nine. But the real momentum change would take place on the par-3 11th hole, with Borrelli making bogey and Nakatani carding a birdie to take her first lead of the tournament. She would hold the lead for the remainder of the day, making birdies on the 13th and 18th on her way to the clubhouse.
Despite the close match down the stretch, Nakatani avoided any thoughts of hoisting the trophy before the round was over.
“I had absolutely no idea where I stood, but I knew I needed to go low,” said Nakatni after the round.
When asked about any improvements in her game to get back in the winner’s circle, Nakatani, who will be a senior on the UC-Davis women’s golf team in the fall, said it has been a continual learning process.
“I became a little bit smarter on the course, and learned when to be aggressive at the right time, and I think I just matured a little bit as a golfer.”
July 1, 2019
Annika Borrelli grabbed the lead after day one of the annual NCGA Women’s Amateur Championship at Poppy Hills.
Borrelli, who just completed her freshman year as a member of the University of San Francisco women’s golf program, shot an even-par 72 to set the pace. Her round included two birdies and two bogeys, closing with a 1-under 35 on the back nine.
Chasing Borrelli two strokes behind in second place is Danielle Suh of Castlewood CC. Suh’s 2-over 74 round included four birdies and six bogeys. Four players are tied for third place at 3-over 75: Sydney Burlison, Nistha Madan, Rei Nakatani and Nicole Schroeder.
The final round will take place Tuesday at Poppy Hills with the first groups in the Women’s Amateur Championship starting at 8:47 am.
The NCGA Women’s Amateur Championship is the association’s premier event for female golfers. In its short history, the 36-hole stroke play tournament has quickly become a fixture on the competitive calendar.
The tournament record of 5-under-par 139 was set in 2016 by champion Camille Orito. Lynne Cowan is the only multiple-year winner, securing titles in back-to-back years 2006 and 2007.