JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville University women's golf's Hannah Berman finished the First Cost Women's Amateur Championship tied for the lead, before coming up just short in a playoff at Timuquana Country Club on Thursday.
"I am really proud of Hannah's finish at the First Coast Women's Amateur," said Head Coach Jennifer Borocz. "This shows she is putting in the necessary work this summer and is a good confidence booster.
"She needs to continue to put herself in these situations and she will get a win in the near future."
Berman shot an opening round 1-under 71 on Wednesday, which was good enough to have her one-off the pace heading into the second and final round. She finished her first 18 holes Thursday 1-over (73), hitting two birdies on the back nine to claw back into contention after falling behind the leaders by as many as four shots. She shot 1-under in her last five holes with no bogeys to finish in a three-way tie with day one leader Chloe Schiavone and Lauren Waidner. Waidner made birdie on the second hole of the playoff to win. It was the first time the event went to a playoff since resuming in 2013.
Berman made the second most birdies in the event, with six, and also sank 24 pars. It was the first time the Ponte Vedra, Fla. native had ever played the historic Donald Ross designed course. She tapped into her experience playing Pinehurst, as recently as last October, identifying that the two courses share some similarities. She has stayed busy this summer, also competing in the Southern Women's Am in Tuscaloosa, Ala. earlier this month.
The First Coast Women's Amateur is one of the most prestigious women's tournaments in North Florida. The field featured several players from North Florida and Stetson, while the champion Waidner attends Florida and the second runner-up Schiavone is a Notre Dame commit.