Latanna Stone has been busy.
The LSU standout from the Tampa, Florida suburb of Valrico couldn't defend her 2020 Harder Hall Women's Invitational title last week, due to being part of Team USA at the Palmer Cup in late December.
But as the calendar turned to 2021, Stone got back into the competitive swing one more time before returning to college in Louisiana, capturing the Women's Orlando International Amateur at 5-under 271.
Played right on the heals of the Men's Orlando International Amateur -- won by Jack Wall of New Jersey -- the 54-hole tournament was contested at Orange County National's Panther Lake course. Stone found it to her liking, firing a 7-under 65 in the first round, with birdies on the final three holes.
Stone credited her improved consistency with her success on the course.
"It [consistency] has been something that really separates you from everyone else," she said.
Despite going out and making 8 birdies and a single bogey in the first round and posting the lowest round of the tournament, Stone's lead heading into the second round was only one.
That's because University of Virginia junior Haeley Wotnosky had also played some pretty amazing golf, firing a bogey-free 66.
Stone extended her lead to three shots with back-to-back birdies early in the second round, but by the end of the day she was still just one shot ahead of Wotnosky as both players posted 1-over 73.
Wotnosky pulled ahead by a shot early in the final round iwth birdies on Nos. 2 and 4. But a double bogey on No. 9, allowed Stone to catch up, and a Stone birdie on No. 10 capitalized on the momentum change.
Leading by two on the 18th tee, Stone made bogey, but it was good enough for a one shot victory. The 19-year-old has come a long way since playing in the U.S. Women's Amateur for the first time -- get this -- at age 10.
Finishing tied for third were Ami Gianchandani and Caroline Craig.
Jenny Bae, Celeste Dao (Canada), Alexandra Swayne, and Bailey Shoemaker finished at 1-under, tying for fifth place.
ABOUT THE Women's Orlando International Amateur
The Women's Orlando International Amateur
annual golf tournament gathering high-level
golfers from the United States of America and
abroad. 54-hole stroke play
championship, playing 18 holes per day.
Open to low-handicap amateurs, players who play
college golf, players who have qualified for any of
current year's USGA or R&A championships, and
those who have the recommendation of their
country’s Federation or Association.
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