Before they turned pro: Briana Chacon
24 Mar 2024
by Justin Golba of

see also: Briana Chacon Rankings

Briana Chacon (Oregon Athletics Photo)
Briana Chacon (Oregon Athletics Photo)

Briana Chacon has won her first professional event, and it didn't take long for her to accomplish it. 

Chacon won the inaugural Atlantic Beach Classic on the Epson Tour, birding two of her last three holes to finish one shot ahead of the field at 7-under. She never held a share of the lead until the last three holes.

The 2024 Atlantic Beach Charity Classic is her first victory on the Epson Tour, and Chacon is the first Epson Tour rookie to win this season.

"Words cannot really describe what I'm feeling," Chacon told the Epson Tour Communications team after the win. "I'm still shocked and just really surprised. But most of all, I'm super grateful and super thankful to be here." 

The approach into No. 18 was the key shot of the tournament, leaving the 22-year-old 40 feet for eagle and making a 6-footer for birdie to win.  

"I feel like I had a pretty solid round today. Nothing really major happened. I just feel like I hit the ball really well, I was pretty consistent off the tee," said Chacon. "I wasn't super consistent the first two days, but today, my driver really worked out well for me. I did a pretty good job of hitting a lot of greens, and I think for me, it just all came down to the putting and making clutch shots up towards the end."

Chacon enjoyed a stellar career at Oregon from 2019-2023, where her scoring average of 73.04 ranks second all-time in program history and was the first University of Oregon Duck to win a NCAA Regional Individual Title at the 2022 NCAA Albuquerque Regional. She is one of three players in program history to earn multiple WGCA All-America honors and competed twice in the prestigious Augusta National Women’s Amateur

At the 2023 U.S. Amateur, Chacon set the stroke play scoring record, carding rounds of 66-65 to beat the previous record by two shots. 

U.S. Women's Amateur: Medalist Chacon sets stroke play scoring record

In high school, Chacon was ranked No. 28 overall in the nation by the American Junior Golf Association and 14th in the 2019 class. At the ACDS Junior Championship, Chacon shot a final round 65 to win the event with rounds of 72-71-65. In nine AJGA events over the span of two years, Chacon posted four top-10 finishes. 

Amateur wins

2023 U.S. Women's Amateur Medalist
2022 NCAA Women's Southwest Regional

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