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Mouton Capture’s Jacksonville Area Golf Association’s First Coast Women’s Amateur

Champions Melissa Gotfredson (Seniors), Tori Mouton (FCWA) and Leslie Smith (Super Seniors).

FLEMING ISLAND  – Rising Bolles School sophomore Tori Mouton fired rounds of 72-70-142 to capture the Jacksonville Area Golf Association’s First Coast Women’s Amateur at Eagle Harbor Golf Club today. Her two-under-par total was two better than former Ponte Vedra High School golfer Emily Felix (73-71) of Lake Mary, Fla. and NCAA Division II Lee University (Tenn.).

Leading by one standing on the 18^th tee, Mouton pulled her approach shot hole high but into deep rough, while Felix was on the green in two, facing a 30-foot uphill birdie putt. Mouton deftly chipped her shot to 3 feet and Felix, needing to make her putt, gunned it 4 feet by. Felix missed her comebacker and Mouton made hers to give the tall, athletic young golfer from Jacksonville a two-shot win.

It was clearly a popular victory. The 60 golfers, plus family members and tournament officials extended Mouton a rousing standing ovation as she accepted the First Coast Women’s Amateur championship trophy.

Felix, who entered the final round in second place one behind Mouton, jumped into a two-shot lead with birdies on Nos. 10 and 11. This caught her opponent’s attention as the soon-to-be champion rang up birdies on Nos. 12, 14 and 16 for an incoming nine of 33.

Mouton’s final-round official scorecard of 70.

In the Seniors division, Leslie Smith (Hidden Hills CC) won by five shots over a trio of three golfers – Therese Quinn (Sawgrass CC), Carolyn Creekmore (Pablo Creek) and defending Seniors champion Tama Caldabaugh (The Plantation at Ponte Vedra). Smith carded 74-72-146.

Melissa Gotfredson (Sawgrass CC) shot 80-83-163 to take home the Super Seniors title by four over Sheila Brocki (Windy Harbor GC at N.S. Mayport).

It was announced at the Awards Ceremony that Brocki would be stepping down from her role as a longtime member of the First Coast Women’s Amateur tournament committee. The former Air Force commander received a welcomed round of applause from the attendees.

The championship enjoyed the support of Gold sponsor Brooks Rehabilitation. Hole-in-One sponsors included Body Balance Institute, Sonya Woods Insurance Agency, Therese Quinn and the Nader Family. In addition, there were 16 hole sponsors.

The 2020 JAGA First Coast Women’s Amateur will be played June 18-19 at Jacksonville Golf & Country Club, with the 2021 edition headed to Sawgrass Country Club in Ponte Vedra Beach.

For the third year in a row, the First Coast Women’s Amateur was an official event on the Jacksonville Area Golf Association (JAGA) tournament schedule, with JAGA playing a supporting role in the operation of the championship. Penny Reynen of Eagle Harbor GC served as this year’s tournament chairwoman.

2019 FIRST COAST WOMEN’S AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP
Eagle Harbor Golf Club, Fleming Island, FL / Par 72
-Leading Scores-
Championship Flight / Green Tees (top 10)
1 Tori Mouton 72-70-142 -2
2 Emily Felix 73-71-144 Even
T3 Sophie Membrino 76-70-146 +2
T3 Sara McKevitt 75-71-146 +2
T5 Camille Jackson 76-72-148 +4
T5 Elizabeth Kondal 74-74-148 +4
7 Lisa Colee 75-75-150 +6
8 Katelyn Huber 76-75-151 +7
9 Sarah May 77-75-152 +8
T10 Harlie Valinho 80-76-156 +12
T10 Anika Richards 77-79-156 +12

Senior Flight / Gold Tees (top 5)
1 Leslie Smith 74-72-146 +4
T2 Therese Quinn 77-74-151 +7
T2 Carolyn Creekmore 76-75-151 +7
T2 Tama Caldabaugh 76-75-151 +7
5 Laura Carson 79-73-152 +8

Super Senior / Red Tees (top 5)
1 Melissa Gotfredson 80-83-163 +19
2 Sheila Brocki 88-79-167 +23
3 BJ Hayden 87-84-171 +27
4 Caryn Kasik 86-87-173 +29
5 Adrienne Whitman 86-88-174 +30

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