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Updated: 01/16/2014 08:00:03AM

Stasi victorious in 59th Annual Harder Hall Women’s Invitational

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JOURNAL PHOTO BY KIM LEATHERMAN


Tournament winner Meghan Stasi (center) with tied runners-up for second place Emmy Matin and Hannah Pietila.

JOURNAL PHOTO BY KIM LEATHERMAN


Hannah Pietila takes her time as she lines up a putt.

JOURNAL PHOTO BY KIM LEATHERMAN


Laura Hendee blasts a long drive from the tee box at Harder Hall.

JOURNAL PHOTO BY KIM LEATHERMAN


Taking a break from tournament play to pose for the camera were golf comrades Kailey Walsh, Laura Hendree, Minami Levonowich and Cecily Overbuy.

By KIM LEATHERMAN

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Meghan Stasi won the 59th annual Harder Hall Invitational on Saturday after shooting a 70 to complete the 72-hole competition.

Stasi and Hannah Pietila went into the final round of the Invitational tied with matching scores of 219. Stasi was able to make the turn at 36 on the front 9, one stroke ahead of Pietila. She increased her lead with a pair of birdies, consequently, by the 15th hole she was +2 for the tournament. Pietila was at +8.

The seven-year veteran of the Harder Hall Invitational never faulted on the final day to increase her lead, finally allowing her to win the competition. “I actually feel young today,” said Stasi, who finished just eight shots ahead of her 18-year-old competitors Emmy Martin and Hannah Pietila.

When asked what the hardest part of the week was, Stasi jokingly replied, “Finishing.” She continued, “The weather was sometimes an issue, but it all worked out.”

Next on Stasi’s agenda was not the next tournament but to rush back to South Florida, “I’m going home. We own a Cajun bar and the Saints will be playing,” she explained Sunday. “It will be crazy. It starts in about an hour; I’ll catch the second half.”

Not among the leaders, but noteworthy nonetheless; the youngest player was just 12 years old. In her first tournament, Georgia Oboh is one to watch. Indeed her family did just that. Her parents and siblings came with her all the way from England. Her father and coach kept her motivated throughout, seeing her shoot an 83 on Saturday. Her grandparents also came from Africa to watch her play.




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