Scavo wraps up title in Women's Trans National debut
Kathleen Scavo (University of Oregon)
Kathleen Scavo (University of Oregon)

MARYSVILLE, CA (July 13, 2018) – It took a birdie on the final hole, but Kathleen Scavo prevailed to win the Trans National Women’s Amateur. Scavo, a rising senior at Oregon, was playing roughly 100 miles from her home in Benicia, Calif., this week, making her title that much more fitting.

Scavo led after the first round at Peachtree Golf & Country Club courtesy of a 4-under 68. She reclaimed a share of the lead in Round 3 and played in the final group on Friday. Her 8-under 280 total left her one shot ahead of Stanford’s Ziyi Wang.

Both players were 6 under entering the final round. Scavo put some distance between herself and Wang when she birdied the eighth hole and Wang bogeyed the ninth. Scavo, however, bogeyed the 15th to cut her lead to one shot. The 18th hole has seen no shortage of birdies this week, and each player added one on Friday. It left Scavo with a one-shot victory over Wang.

Scavo led the field with 17 birdies in 72 holes. This marks her Women’s Trans debut, but her end-of-week sentiments were that she wished she had found the tournament sooner.

“What I loved about this tournament was all the members were out there supporting us,” Scavo said. “It made it a memorable experience.”

Behind Wang, Texas player Emilee Hoffman shot up the leaderboard with a final-round 5-under 67. It was her best round of the week by four shots and moved her to 6 under for the tournament. Hoffman made headlines earlier this summer with a decisive victory at the Women’s Western Amateur.

UCLA’s Clare Amelia Legaspi tied Scavo’s Oregon teammate Amy Matsuoka for fourth at 4 under.

Results: LNGA Amateur
1CAKathleen ScavoBenicia, CA70068-72-70-70=280
2ChinaZiyi (Emily) WangChina50069-73-68-71=281
3CAEmilee HoffmanFolsom, CA40071-74-70-67=282
T4PhilippinesClare Amelia LegaspiPhilippines40072-69-72-71=284
T4CAAmy MatsuokaNewport Beach, CA40071-75-67-71=284

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The inaugural event, held in 1927 at Blue Hills Country Club in Kansas City, Mo. set off decades of successful tournament across the United States, conducted by an organization then named the Missouri Valley Women's Golf Association. A year later, the name became the Women's Trans-Mississippi Golf Association, evolving into the Women's Trans National Golf Association by 1953 to include all states before changing to the Ladies National Golf Association in 2019. This 72-hole stroke play event spans the nation and has been hosted at some of the country finest courses, including Persimmon Ridge in Kentucky, Stonewall Links in Pennsylvania, and Eugene Country Club in Oregon.

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