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JACOT CRUISES WITH FINAL ROUND -2

15-year-old sizzles with 14 birdies in tourney

By Patrick Lujan

With the title in the bag since last weekend, 15-year-old Tyanna Jacot challenged herself to shoot under par in the final round of the 2023 Guam Amateur Golf Championship.

Tyanna Jacot is all smiles as she dominated the field in her run for first place. (photo by Cam Santos)

She did just that as the soon-to-be high school sophomore dropped a two-under 70 on Saturday to cap off a marvelous championship round at the Country Club of the Pacific, which included 14 birdies over the three rounds of competition.

SABLAN WINS MENS DIVISION

After the second round last Sunday, Jacot put a number of 68 as her goal to wrap up her last tournament on island.

Asked if she was ‘disappointed’ with a 70, she said, “No I’m not. I’m just glad I shot under par”.

After celebrating her 15th birthday on Friday that included a practice round at CCP, Jacot was firing at all pins, turning in a 35-35 split.

“It makes me feel good winning this tournament, especially with the Junior Worlds coming up in San Diego (in July).”

“I think she’s amazing. She’s playing really well, especially at a young age,” said Nalathai Vongjalorn, who was an eight-time junior golf champion herself. “I think she can make it really far.”

Precision and poise came with every shot for Jacot, who was determined to shoot sub par.

On the par 5 7th hole, her second shot went long past the green into the ‘bunker of hell’. Her recovery was straight from the pro level as it softly rolled within two feet to set up a tap-in birdie.

“I just made sure my club went down and thankfully, it went close to the hole.”

“All her putts today have been dropping,” final round cart mate Emiri Sunga said about Jacot. “Everything from within 10 feet, it’s been dropping. Those really make a difference in the scores.”

Jacot will be moving to San Diego this summer in hopes of taking her game to the next level, but still intends to be representing Guam in future tournaments.

Sunga and 68-year-old Tessie Blair both finished with 84s and tied for second place. Sunga scored an eagle 3 on the 16th hole.

Vongjalorn’s Return

Nalathai Vongjalorn was right in Jacot’s shoes as she was Guam’s best junior golfer for some eight years.

This is her first tournament back after returning from a deployment with the Air Force Reserve. It had been about eight months since she last played, so wiping the cob webs off the clubs was the first step back into competition.

“My swing is ok. It’s definitely a little rusty,” Vongjalorn said. “Just a little practice and I’ll be back on track.”

Vongjalorn’s final round of 83 put her in fourth place. Inconsistency, she said, was an issue on the course during the tournament.

“My wedges are a little rusty, so it definitely feels off. The putting was ok. Everything else needs a little more work.”

She turns 25 on Sunday.

WOMEN’S FINAL LEADERBOARD

Tyanna Jacot 72-72-70=214

Tessie Blair 83-78-84=245

Emiri Sunga 79-82-84=245

Nalathai Vongjalorn 84-80-83=247

Rose Tarpley 84-81-85=250

Hiromi Takasu 83-82-86=251

Mina Manibusan 85-87-85=257

Ava Limtiaco 85-84-90=259

Tai Maulupe 90-80-92=262

Krisana Fenton 93-90-83=266

Eva Cabrera 98-102-90=290

Rose Cunliffe 99-96-95=290

Sheri Teker 118-112-108=338

Lisa Babin 119-119-113=351

Meimei Smith 91-98

Trudy Plummer 98-102

Laling Couch 90

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