The No. 9 and No. 18 holes at Weston Hills Country Club – Tour Course are beauties. They’re long, have water protecting one side of the fairway and require precise iron shots to find the green. Well, at least the right part of it, as the pair of greens are conjoined into one mammoth of a putting surface.
The green itself stretches 180 feet and is a daunting test to putt across. However, in tournament play at the Under Armour® / Steve Marino Championship players weren’t ever faced with that task, as the opposite side of the green for both holes was played as mandatory relief.
Hint of History
Weston Hills Country Club hosted the PGA Honda Classic from 1992-1995 and the LPGA Chrysler Plymouth Tournament of Champions in 1997. The Robert Trent Jones Jr. design contains two 18-hole golf courses, the Tour Course and the Players course. The tour course is a composition of deep bunkers, intimidating water hazards and thick rough.
Ready to spar
Shyanne Lovan of Wellington., Fla., may be a golfer, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t come prepared for a bout. Her 5-wood cover is actually a boxing glove that she found at a lost and found at a local golf course, something that seems to happen to her a lot.
“I find almost all of my head covers on the course,” Shyanne Lovan said. “I’ve never actually bought one.”
Dylan Kim of Winter Garden Fla., trailed by one shot entering the final round, but thanks to a pair of clutch putts on her final two holes, she ended up with the championship.
On No. 18, Kim faced a 20-foot putt to potentially force a playoff, and she drilled it, tying her with Daniela Darquea of Quito, Ecuador.
The pair moved to No. 1 for the playoff where both players stuck their approach shots on the par-5 to 15 feet. Kim stepped over putt and drained a bending 15-footer putting the pressure on Darquea. The Ecuadorian’s putt came up just short, giving Kim the title.
“I wasn’t feeling nervous at all,” Kim said. “It didn’t really hit me until after the round. I’m just happy I was putting well, I felt really comfortable on the greens.
High School Connection
Michael Heda, Manuel Kent and Juan Pablo Arrazola come from different places -- Heda, New York, Kent, Paraguay and Arrazola, Colombia – but the three are great friends, with the connection stemming from a local high school in Weston, Florida, Cypress Bay and golf.
All three play for the high school varsity golf squad and now they’re competing in AJGA events together. Kent finished 32nd, Heda, 26th and Arrazola 15th.
Heda will attend George Washington University in the fall to play golf, but, more than likely, Arrazola and Kent will be back at the Under Armour/Steve Marino Championship next year ready to tee it up.