Pano closes out Rolex Girls Junior title at Briar's Creek
Alexa Pano (AJGA photo)
Alexa Pano (AJGA photo)

Alexa Pano of Lake Worth, Fla., won the Rolex Girls Junior Championship with a final score of 14-under 274 at the Golf Club at Briar’s Creek in Johns Island, S.C.. This is Pano’s second AJGA win and first invitational title. Pano went 70-67-67-70 for the week. The 14-year old took the title by four strokes, bettering her 2018 finish of solo fourth.

Pano, who at 14 has already amassed a long list of junior golf accomplishments, now has an AJGA Invitational title until her belt. Pano was the youngest player to ever win an AJGA title at 12 years and 11 days at the PDQ/Philadelphia Runner Junior. She is a two-time Drive, Chip and Putt champion, in 2016 and 2017. Pano is also a two-time AJGA Wyndham Cup East team member.

“It is super amazing for me to have my second win and first invitational win be at Rolex Girls. It is my third year playing in this event and I’ve come pretty close to top-ten’s and top-five’s so it feels really awesome to have finally gotten it done,” Pano said. “It was super special having my dad out here with me. He travels everywhere with me across the country, so I guess this is a really good Father’s Day present [for him]”.

To finish solo second, Stanford commit Lei (Angelina) Ye of Bradenton, Fla., shot rounds of 68-69–69–72 for a tournament total of 278. Ye is currently No. 21 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings and is a three-time Rolex Junior All-American.

Finishing in solo third was Phoebe Brinker of Wilmington, Delaware, with a tournament total of 6-under-par 282. Brinker is a three-time AJGA champion who is verbally committed to Duke University.

Expect to see Pano again at next month’s Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic, which she will play on a sponsor exemption.

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One of the AJGA series of tournaments that require an invitation to participate. For girls ages 12-19. Format is 54 holes of stroke play. Must be AJGA member.

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