Mesa, AZ - Jaclyn LaHa of Pleasanton, California, wins wire-to-wire to capture her first AJGA invitational win.
The University of Virginia commit took Longbow Golf Club by storm this weekend finishing the 54-hole tournament at 11-under-par 202.
LaHa started her final round with a bogey-free front-nine making the turn at 2-under-par 33. She opened the back-nine with a bogey on No. 10 before parring hole Nos. 11 through 14. A bogey on No. 15 set the rising senior back a stroke before back-to-back birdies on Nos. 16 and 17. A par on No. 18 closed out the tournament for LaHa.
It feels really good to win my first invitational, my goal last year was to win an invitational and that didn’t happen so I’m really happy that I was able to do that this year and play well.
LaHa finished the tournament with rounds of 66 - 67 - 69 for a tournament total 11-under-par 202. LaHa is currently ranked No. 18 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings.
Laha say of her win, “This win gives me more confidence at future tournaments, so I’m excited for this summer. Next I’m playing Polo and I’m hoping to get into Wyndham Cup this year, which would be my first year going and being on the West Team."
Catherine Rao of Camarillo, California, was lights out the final round to earn low-final round honors at 7-under-par 64. Rao opened the day with a bogey at No. 1, but bounced back with an eagle at No. 4 and birdies at Nos. 2 and 5. Rao made the turn and went bogey-free with birdies on Nos. 12, 15, 16 and 18. With her impressive final round the No. 33 ranked player in the Rolex AJGA Rankings moved into solo second.
Rianna Malixi of (Phillippine) San Bernardino, California, finished the tournament in solo third at 5-under-par 208.
Kiara Romero of San Jose, California, and Annika Isiyama of Costa Mesa, California, tied for fourth at 1-under-par 212.
Three ladies shared a piece of sixth place at even-par 213 - Alice Ziyi Zhao of (China) Irvine, California, Abbey Schutte of Goodyear, Arizona, and Emerson Blair of West Point, Mississippi.
Rounding out the top-10 at one-over-par 214 is Dianna Lee of San Diego, California, Jasmine Dae Ryeong Youn of Guatemala City, Guatemala, and Julia Misemer of Overland Park, Kansas.