HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. – It was Megan Schofill who raised the 91st Women’s Amateur Championship on Sunday at the Mission Inn Resort & Club. Schofill overcame a 10-shot deficit to capture her first FSGA championship. The Championship was played on El Campeon, the historic century-old golf course that still is one of Florida’s finest layouts with over 85 ft. elevation changes bordered by stands of towering oaks and pines at the magnificent Mission Inn Resort & Club.
“It’s such an honor,” Schofill said. “I’ve played in this event for the last five years and have always played really well. So just wanted to do that again this week. I’m just beyond words right now, so happy.”
Schofill had a tough start to the day with a double bogey on the first hole. The Monticello native quickly rebounded, birding three of her next five holes to move to 3-over for the championship. She kept it rolling on the front side, adding a birdie on the ninth hole.
The Auburn University sophomore began the back nine with a par on the 10th and then carded three-straight birdies to pull into a tie for the lead with Madison Hewlett at 1-under. A birdie on the 16th gave Schofill the outright lead.
“I just went out there and played one shot at a time and didn’t worry about the outcome,” Schofill said. “To be honest, I had no expectations to win after my first two rounds.”
She finished the round with a par on the final hole to post a five-under 67. Thinking she had finished a few shots back of the leaders, who were still out on the course, it was Schofill’s dad who told her she had the clubhouse lead at 1-under.
Schofill’s final-round 67 was the low round of the day. She became the first Auburn University player to win the Women’s Amateur Championship.
Chloe Schiavone made a run at the title in the final round, taking home a second-place finish. The Jacksonville native finished the front nine at 1-under to pull within two shots of the lead. She started the back nine with back-to-back birdies, before bogeying two-straight holes to fall back to even on the back nine. Schiavone birdied the 17th hole to post a final-round 70, her best round of the weekend
Taylor Roberts and Karoline Tuttle finished the championship in a tie for fourth place at 1-over 145.
Hewlett, who held a seven-shot lead at the beginning of the day, found some struggles in the final round, finishing in fifth place. The Oldsmar native posted three bogeys and a double-bogey to make the turn at 5-over for the day. She tried to turn it around on the back nine but finished the day with an 80.