Jacksonville Sports Day

GOLF: Former Bulldog Jillian Hollister Registers Victory

Heading into the last four holes of the IOA Championship presented by Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, Jillian Hollis was 5-over par in the final round. Needless to say, she saved her best for when it mattered most.

A three-time All-American while at the University of Georgia, Hollis recorded birdie on the par-3 15th and followed that up with an eagle on the par-5 16th. A pair of pars coming in was enough to capture her first career Symetra Tour victory at 4-under par overall.

“I didn’t realize how windy it was going to be,” said Hollis, who carded a 2-over par 74 today. “I played in the afternoon yesterday and had a really good score. I was hoping it would die down a little bit today, but it never did. To finish and get that momentum down the stretch was super great.”

The breakthrough win comes after finishes of tied for eighth at the SKYiGOLF Championship and tied for 20th in the Florida’s Natural Charity Classic. On top of it all, she lost a sudden-death playoff in her Symetra Tour debut at the 2018 Forsyth Classic presented by Decatur Parks District.

“Being a champion sounds so great, especially after playing a bunch of tournaments and coming so close,” Hollis said. “In my first one last year being in a playoff and coming close again in our first tournament this year. To finish the drill as we say in Athens, it feels really good. I’m happy that I was able to get it done today.”

Walking to the green of the 54th hole, Amy Lee was tied with Hollis at 4-under par overall. A rookie on the Symetra Tour this season and playing in her first final pairing as a professional, Lee had a par putt to at least force a playoff.

“It was the most pressure I’ve felt in a while,” said Lee, who concluded the final round at 3-over par. “I knew it was a right to left putt, was going to break pretty hard to the left at the end. I just didn’t get it on line. It sucks, but you move on.”

Lee now has results of tied for 48th, tied for 23rd and tied for second to start her first year on the “Road to the LPGA.” The 2017 Big 12 Player of the Year will be one to keep an eye on as the season progresses.

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