Berman Captures Top-5 at Orlando International Amateur

Berman Captures Top-5 at Orlando International Amateur

ORLANDO, Fla. – Jacksonville University women's golf junior Hannah Berman completed the Women's Orlando International Amateur with a 71 to finish fifth in the prestigious event. Entering the day T11, he first under-par round of the weekend enabled her climb 15 spots up the leaderboard over her final 36 holes.

Her final total was 218 (74-73-71), as she adapted to Orange County's Panther Lakes Course and steadily improved throughout the event. She sank two birdies and managed par on all but one other hole on Saturday, a day that started cool and cloudy and turned colder and windy.

"It was a really great event and I feel like my game was in good shape to be near the top of the leaderboard," said Berman. "There were so many great players, a lot of them being friends so it was a fun reunion as well.

"This event is definitely a good way to kick off the spring season." 

The prestigious fourth-year amateur event has become a great spring tune up, with most of the 80 players in this year's field from the nation's most renowned programs, including Michigan, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Baylor, Auburn, Tennessee, Michigan State, UCF, Georgia, Kansas, Mississippi State, North Carolina State, Iowa, North Carolina, North Florida, South Florida, Florida State and Louisville. Berman was the only Dolphin in the field, and was paired in the final round with players from Florida and Mississippi State. University of Texas signee Sophie Guo was the tournament champion, shooting a 69 on the final day for a four-under 212. The only colleges represented ahead of the fifth-place Berman were players from Texas, Michigan, Kentucky and Louisville putting JU's program in elite company. More than 20 countries were represented in the field, and there were a host of players making their home in Florida.
With 43 pars and 5 birdies over the 54 holes, Berman tied for the lead with all players in the pars or better category. Over her last 45 holes, Berman only notched two bogies and played that stretch at even par. There were only five other under-par rounds in today's field, the blustery wind creating havoc on the course. The track set up long at 6300 yards, but played longer due to rain-dampened fairway. 
JU women's golf opens its 2019 spring season in Tampa at the Florida Challenge on Monday, Jan. 8 and play its home tournament at Amelia National Golf Club on Feb. 18-19. 
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