Annika Borrelli of Alamo captured the 2021 Northern California Golf Association Women’s Amateur Championship by two strokes over Nicola Kaminski of Point Loma at Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach.
It came a week after Borrelli, the 2019 NCGA Women’s Player of the Year, failed to qualify for the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship.
“After talking with my coach (Sara Doell of the University of San Francisco), she just told me to remember to have fun out there and not to press early,” said Borrelli, who will be a senior at USF.
“Coming into this event, my mindset was to have fun, to just enjoy the moment. It feels like I’ve gone full circle. In my speech, when I got my Player of the Year trophy, I said I would win an NCGA event. All my hard work is paying off.”
Borrelli carded a score of 71-71-78—220, 4-over-par, while Kaminski finished at 77-74-71—222, and Kaylyn Nof of Rocklin was third at 77-77-71—225.
The victory came two days after a friend of Borelli’s was killed when struck by a car.
“I did it for him and his family,” said Borrelli, who put his initials on her golf ball. “I thought of him watching me.”
Ellie Bushnell of Granite Bay shot 77-77-72—226 to tie for fourth with Mika Jin of Fremont, who finished at 75-74-77—226, and Andrea Gomez of Santa Clara, who wound up at 75-73-78—226.
Megan Chou of Los Altos totaled 72-79-78—229 to tie for seventh with Anika Varma of India and Roseville, who was second in the recent California Junior Girls State Championship and finished at 76-71-82—229, while Kiana Briggs of Novato shot 77-76-77—230 to tie for ninth with Elizabeth Scholtes of Alameda, who came in at 74-77-79—230.
Tina Barker of Fairfield captured the Senior title with a score of 72-77-82—231, winning in a playoff over Karen Garcia of Cool, who finished at 77-78-76—231.
Patricia Cornett of Mill Valley was third at 76-76-80—232, followed by Sally Krueger of San Francisco, who shot 79-78-78—235, and Itsuko Moridaira of Fairfield at 78-82-78—238.
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