Celebrating our Champions
This summer we saw some impressive victories across our top women’s competitions. Congratulations to the winners!
NCGA Women’s Amateur – Annika Borelli
Alamo resident Annika Borrelli failed to get through a U.S. Women’s Amateur qualifier. The poor results literally left her in tears. Among those consoling her was her dad, Dave, and her coach at the University of San Francisco, Sara Doell. “After talking with my coach, she just told me to remember to have fun out there. Not to press early,” said Borrelli, a senior on the USF women’s golf squad.
Borrelli took the piece of wisdom and ran with it, as she’d go on to post a wire-to-wire win at the annual NCGA Women’s Amateur Championship.
“Coming into this event, my mindset was to have fun. To just enjoy the moment,” Borrelli said.
NCGA Senior Women’s Amateur – Tina Barker
Fairfield resident Tina Barker already had won an NCGA Four-Ball event. But the 62-year-old accomplished veteran had never won an NCGA individual title. Until now.
Barker shot a final-round 10-over 82 but held on, defeating Karen Garcia on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff, to win the annual NCGA Senior Women’s Amateur Championship on Wednesday at Poppy Hills.
“I didn’t play that well, but I hung in there,” said Barker, a member at Green Valley Country Club.
(New) NCGA Mid-Amateur – Kelly Wilson
Cameron Park CC member Kelly Wilson took a timeout from her mom duties and ended up securing a historic victory.
Wilson, 47 and the mother of two boys (Drake, age 8 and Chase, age 18 months), made birdie on the par-5 18th hole to come in with a final round 75 to win the inaugural NCGA Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship by a stroke over Kendra Bishop on Sunday at Poppy Hills. The victory also marked Wilson’s first NCGA title.
“I’m honestly really proud. To win this tournament against this awesome group of women,” said Wilson, who finished the 36-hole event with a score of 7-over 151.
California Women’s Amateur – Annika Borelli
A few years ago, World Golf Hall of Famer Amy Alcott stopped by Quail Lodge Golf Club to show her support of players who were competing in the California Women’s Amateur Championship, an event she won in 1973. Among those who took particular notice of Alcott’s presence was Alamo resident Annika Borrelli.
“I remember she came and spoke to us all. It was so inspiring,” Borrelli said. “I was in awe of her.”
Perhaps down the road, it will be Borrelli providing the words of wisdom to another generation. On Friday, Borrelli, a senior at the University of San Francisco, won the 2021 California Women’s Amateur crown, defeating runner-up Sophie Guo, 3 and 2, in the 18-hole final at Hacienda Golf Club. Afterwards, as she scanned the trophy, the No.26 seeded Borrelli couldn’t help but notice all of the past winners’ names—Alcott, Juli Inkster, Patty Sheehan, Lynne Cowan, Mina Harigae and many others.
“I’m looking at all the great names, and it just goes to show, the sky’s the limit,” Borrelli said. “I’ve very humbled and honored that my name will be on the trophy. It’s always been a dream of mine to win this event.”
And let’s not forget about the girls who are on their way to being the winning women of the future!
NCGA Girls Junior Championship – Adora Liu
Adora Liu of Newark took home the NCGA’s biggest junior prize. Liu shot a final-round 5-over 77 as she won the Girls’ title at the NCGA Junior Championship at Lake Merced Golf Club. She joins an illustrious list of past girls’ champions including Jamille Jose (1988-89), Dodie Mazzucca (1991) and Yealimi Noh (2017).
California Junior Girls State Championship – Kiara Romero
Just moments before being presented the trophy, 15-year-old San Jose resident Kiara Romero took a few minutes to savor the moment with her mom and dad, Maricel and Rick, and her older sister,Kaleiya.
“It means so much to me to have my family here,” Romero said. “It makes it that much more fun and exciting.”
Girls and Ladies – Well Done!