CHESTERFIELD-- As Camille O’Halloran stood over her putt on the first green at Old York Country Club, she knew there was some pressure surrounding it.
The Mainland junior’s final putt at the GolfU LPGA Girls Golf Classic clinched her victory at the second-year tournament with a nine-hole score of 38.
“I had like a four-foot putt that I had to make there,” O’Halloran said. “It was a lot of pressure, but I did as best I could and luckily it rolled in.”
O’Halloran’s score was one stroke better than Hammonton’s Olivia Strigh, who took second with a 39.
Clearview’s Theresa and Emily Luu took third and fourth, respectively, as each carded a score of 43.
In its second year, the tournament had 95 golfers representing 25 different schools competing in two different flights.
“I think it’s a pretty great event they’ve been having the past couple years,” O’Halloran said. “We got to play a really nice course this year with really nice greens and great weather.”
For O’Halloran personally, the nine-hole round came together at the end, with birdies on two of the final three holes.
“The first couple holes didn’t go so well,” O’Halloran said. “It was kind of cold out and when the weather warmed up two birdies happen and the score got a little better.”
According to Brad Hare, who organizes the tournament, the goal is to push past the 95 participants and eventually have full teams of four or more golfers compete in the event, like the teams from the Lenape district did.
For the players themselves, it’s a great opportunity to play on quality courses and continue to expand the reach of the sport.
“I think it’s good because this is sort of a Central Jersey course that is different from the South Jersey courses we play that are kind of flat and long,” O’Halloran said. “A lot of bigger fairways in South Jersey and this is a small, shorter course with some tough greens. It’s pretty good to see girls are shooting decent scores still.
“I think it’s great to give girls this kind of opportunity to come out and play for free, play at a really nice course and see everyone have a chance to get better and compete against each other.”